gibson les Paul Jimmy Page number One

Jimmy Page’s 1959 Gibson Les Paul Standard ‘Number One’ is one of the most iconic guitars in history. Dressed in the black dragon suit, cigarette dangling from the edge of his lips with ‘Number One’ slung low across his pelvis, chugging on the E7 chord riff to Whole Lotta Love is what most people think of when they think of Jimmy Page.

Page bought ‘Number One’ from guitarist Joe Walsh in mid-April 1969 for $1,200 and debuted it at the San Francisco shows at the end of the month. It soon took the place of the 1959 Fender Telecaster as his primary guitar on stage. In addition, Page used Number One in recording Led Zeppelin II. When Page received the guitar, the neck had been shaved to an elliptical profile (by Virgil Lay of Lay’s Guitars for Joe Walsh) and had already had several repairs, including the headstock, which made the serial number go missing.

The original Kluson machine tuners were replaced with gold Grovers on August 9, 1969, shortly before that night’s performance in Anaheim, California. By October 24, 1969, the white selector switch tip had gone missing and it had been temporarily fixed by November 4, 1969 by adding some gaffers tape. Also, around that time the chrome pickup cover had come off the bridge pickup, revealing a double-white PAF. By March 1971, a new pickup selector switch tip had replaced the gaffers tape. In November 1971, the jackplate had been rotated 45 degrees to resemble a diamond. Perhaps the output jack had been replaced.

Sometime after the 1972 Australian tour, the bridge pickup got replaced with a chrome-covered T-Top. By May 1973, the jackplate had been put back into the proper configuration. In 1975, the jackplate is broken again and gets held to the guitar body by sticky tape and is eventually fixed. On the 1977 tour, the jackplate once again is damaged and a piece of metal is crafted into a jackplate by laser operator, Steve Jander. This jackplate stayed on ‘Number One’ until 1985. In the early 1980s, the bridge pickup cover was removed, revealing a Seymour Duncan pickup. During The Firm’s first tour in 1984, Page experiments a new look by taking the pickguard off but returned it by 1985. By 1988, an aged pickup selector switch tip replaced the white one and (1) push-pull pot had replaced an original pot to allow for in-out phasing of the pickups. Since then, ‘Number One’ has remained untouched.

Asked in the late 70’s if much had been done to the guitar, when it was still being regularly gigged, Page said: “Yeah, it’s been resprayed, but that’s all gone now, it’s all chipped off.”Before Joe Walsh had sold the Les Paul to Page, he had already had it refinished

Although throughout the different decades, Page has relied on other guitars for different phases, such as the 1953 Fender Telecaster during the 1980s Roy Harper/Firm period and the Paul Reed Smith Custom 22 in the 1990s in the Page/Plant tours, he had returned to ‘Number One’. In a April 1998 Guitar Magazine interview, Page said, “An awful lot of Walking in Clarksdale was played on this guitar” (including Burning Up) Page used ‘Number One’ with a Digitech WH-1 Whammy Pedal for the second guitar solo in the title track Walking Into Clarksdale. Most recently, it had been used for nearly half of their set at the O2 Reunion Concert on December 10, 2007 and the encore performance with John Paul Jones at the Foo Fighters’ Wembley Stadium performance on June 7, 2008.

Gibson les Paul Jimmy Page number 1

The almost complete Jimmy Page guitar  Jimmy Page’s Signature Les Paul  At the time, Gibson’s west coast offices were based in a small industrial  that there is anumber #2 guitar which is virtually identical to #1 and was built in the other Here’s one of the last non-Custom Shop Les Paul Customs. …. This beautiful R9 (and only a limited number each year), get the aging treatment from  Jimmy Page letGibson inspect and take measurements of his legendary #1 1959 Les Paul.

Jimmy Page les Paul number One

At the heart of much of Page”s landmark work is his #1 Les Paul. The Custom Shop Jimmy Page signature model is based on exhaustive research on Jimmy’s actual guitar, and faithfully recreates all the unique features (including an elliptical neck profile and single push/pull pot for series parallel pickup switching) that make #1 the legendary instrument it is.

Custom Authentic Instrument Features Include:
Customized by the Custom Shop builders to look, play and feel like a vintage Les Paul

Page les Paul no 1

Sixty years on from the Gibson Les Paul’s debut in 1952, there are some Les  first Les Paul – Bernie Marsden, ex-Whitesnake, for one – but no one really  So Page’s Number 1 is hardly a “pristine” vintage Gibson Les Paul.Was Jimmy Page’s Les Paul that he got from Joe Walsh a ’58 or a ’59?  built a Les Paul for Jimmy Page replicated from his #1 (there was a #1 and a #2).  shaved-down neck profile and no serial number—from Joe Walsh.”After an extensive study with multiple sources and expert analysis: of Jimmy Page’sNumber One 1959 Gibson Les Paul which can be found 

Gibson les Paul Jimmy Page no. 1

New Gibson replicates Jimmy Page’s “Les Paul #1”

Gibson’s Custom, Art & Historic division introduces a Jimmy Page signature model that replicates the unique neck shape and custom electronics of Page’s favorite guitar. “Les Paul #1,” as the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer calls his personal guitar, is a 1959 sunburst Gibson Les Paul that he bought from Joe Walsh in the early 1970s.

The neck of Page’s guitar is thick at the nut and at the neck heel, like a typical 1959 Les Paul, but it tapers to a super-slim depth in the middle. It was that way when Page acquired it, and he hasn’t changed it. He did make two other modifications: He put a push/pull pot in the rear volume control that reverses the phase, in order to get a tone like Peter Green or B.B. King. And he replaced the original tuners with sealed, gold-plated Grovers to achieve the exact tuning and sensitivity of the Les Paul Custom he had been playing with Led Zeppelin.

The special Page ‘Burst finish is also unique to the new model, and the authentic look will be further enhanced on 150 Limited Edition Aged Jimmy Page Les Pauls with custom aging by renowned luthier Tom Murphy, followed by an unlimited run with the Custom Authentic treatment. The Jimmy Page Les Paul comes with a historic Les Paul case and custom care kit.

Page has a long affiliation with the Les Paul. His legendary hard rock riffs, first with the Yardbirds and later with Led Zeppelin, were a forerunner to the heavy metal genre, although he refused to be classified. He also wrote or co-wrote many of Zeppelin’s classic songs and produced their albums. The Yardbirds were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992, while Led Zeppelin was honored in 1995.

Jimmy Page no 1 les Paul

Jimmy Page’s Number One Gibson Les Paul  of Les Pauls, and hisLes Paul of choice, his “Number One” as he refers to is as, …. 1. Django Reinhardt’s Selmer Modele Jazz Guitar. Jimmy Page’s Fender “Dragon” Telecaster.Jimmy Page Signature Les Paul is a replica of Jimmy Page‘s main  It was copied off Jimmy Page‘s “number one”, a sunburst finished ’59 LP Standard.

gibson Jimmy Page number One les Paul

This model is based on exhaustive research on Jimmy’s actual guitar, and faithfully recreates all the unique features (including an elliptical neck profile and single push/pull pot for series parallel pickup switching) that make #1 the legendary instrument it is.

Features: This awesome guitar was made in 2005 in the Gibson customshop series. The uneque features of this guitar are endless, mainley because it is based on Jimmy’s origonal #1 LP. This makes for some interesting features such as the eliptical 22 fret neck, this can feel strange at first however and isn’t for everyones taste, I found I got used to it within a day or two. A friend however who doesn’t usually play Les Pauls found it very tricky, it might be worth playing this guitar a while before you buy it. te neck is painted and varnished as with any Les Paul Standard form its design time but this does not effect the speed or sound. And the sound is very rich with this guitar the active humbuckers (Page signature also) have a huge range and a really high sustain due to the carved maple top and mahogany body. The aged rosewood fretboard also makes an eaisy playabitity for any music style. As with any other les paul you get the standars 2 tone and 2 volume dials and a three way selector, the selector is a nice feature as it is dampened so there is no clicking sound when it is moved. Also a uneque feature, the single push/pull pot which adds to the overall feel of this guitar.

Jjimmy Page Number One Les Paul

Gibson Custom Shop 1958 Les Paul Standard Vintage Original Spec Series Electric Guitar Washed Cherry

The 1958 Les Paul Standard is a Custom Shop re-creation that features a carved nonfigured maple top, solid mahogany back and sides, and single-ply cream binding on the top. The rounded-profile neck is one-piece mahogany with the original-style truss rod. The rosewood fingerboard is finished with 22 frets, vintage trapezoid inlays, and single-ply cream binding. Seriously scorching output is delivered through dual BurstBucker pickups, tone and volume controls, and a 3-way switch. Electronics include the original CTS pots and bumble bee capacitors for a signal path that’s truly vintage.

gibson Jimmy Page number Two les Paul

The Custom Shop Jimmy Page “Number Two” Les Paul was recreated with intense, inch-by-inch examination of Page’s original guitar, inside and out. The process of getting it right involved the production of a number of hand-built prototypes, each of which was checked and critiqued in detail by Page himself. Approval of the final iteration was only offered after the legendary artist had intricately examined and extensively played this last prototype in his London home—after which it was given the thumbs-up, worthy of being the template for the Custom Shop Jimmy Page “Number Two” Les Paul. Only 325 examples will be produced in total: The first 25 instruments are to be aged by vintage-reproduction master Tom Murphy then inspected, played and hand signed and numbered by Jimmy Page personally. An additional 100 guitars will be given the extensive aging treatment and 200 will be finished to Gibson’s VOS specs.

Each Custom Shop Jimmy Page “Number Two” Les Paul comes with a leather-bound Certificate of Authenticity, owner’s manual, and adjustment literature, and documentation for the guitar’s limited lifetime warrantee.

Specs:
Body
One-piece mahogany back
Top
Figured Eastern maple
Finish
“Page Burst Version Two”
Aging
125 hand-aged, 200 VOS
Neck
One-piece, quartersawn mahogany
Profile
Slim C replica of the original
Fingerboard
12″ radius rosewood
Inlay
Acrylic trapezoid
Nut
Nylon, 1-11/16″
Pickups
Page Version 1 (neck) Page Version 2 (bridge)
Hardware
Grover tuners, Tune-o-matic (ABR-1) bridge, Schaller strap locks

 

gibson custom shop Jimmy Page number Two les Paul

Gibson Custom announces the Gibson Custom Jimmy Page “Number Two” Les Paul Limited Edition guitar modified by the legendary Jimmy Page himself. Every musician knows that late ’50s Sunburst Les Paul Standards are hard enough to come by as it is. Obtaining a pristine and exemplary ’59 ’Burst and modifying it for heightened performance and vastly expanded tonal options? Unheard of… unless, of course, you’re Jimmy Page. That’s exactly what the legendary Led Zeppelin guitarist, perhaps the world’s most iconic Les Paul player, did with his own ’59 Les Paul Standard, and now—thanks to the extreme efforts of Gibson’s Custom Shop and the intimate cooperation of Jimmy Page himself—the artist’s hallowed “Number Two” Les Paul is available in the form of the Custom Shop Jimmy Page “Number Two” Les Paul. Produced in strictly limited numbers, with two levels of aging, this guitar captures the look, feel, sound, and versatility of one of the greatest artist-owned Les Pauls of all time.

The 1959 Les Paul that has come to be known as “Number Two” was purchased by Page in 1973 after trying for some time to acquire an exceptional second Les Paul. This was several years after having acquired his other legendary Les Paul—“Number One”, a ’59 ’Burst with shaved-down neck profile and no serial number—from Joe Walsh. “Number Two” was essentially all-original when he acquired it. Jimmy did have some modifications done to the neck shape so that it would more nearly match the feel of his “Number One.” The neck is certainly slim but not to such extremes as the now-ultra-slim neck on “Number One”. It had a strong, beautiful sunburst finish with a red element that had faded to a dusky amber-brown, along with a clear serial number dating it to 1959. Page played this Les Paul frequently through his days with Led Zeppelin, and in the early ’80s decided to make it an even more versatile instrument. Page also added that he wanted to “explore the full range of what the two humbuckers have to offer.” He designed a switching system for coil splitting, series/parallel, and phase-reverse options for both pickups, and employed a skilled electronics technician to devise a working schematic and make his sonic vision a reality. The result was a push/pull pot on each of the guitar’s four standard controls, plus two push-button switches hidden beneath the pickguard.

This wiring scheme was recreated with detailed study of Jimmy Page’s original “Number Two”, and with hands-on consultation from Steve Hoyland, who originally rewired Page’s ’59 Les Paul to this configuration.