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.
Sound: As I’ve said this guitar fits any sound but it shines in 3 main areas of rock. The first is heavy distortion for sounds like Black Sabbath and Metalica this guitar’s high resinence helps get a really high sustain on loud vicious harmonics and tapping. The second is the classic rock sounds of Led Zeppelin, naturaly, but also of bands like Thin Lizzy and Deep Purple as well as the heavier classic sounds of Guns N’ Roses. The third particularly special sound of this guitar is its low gain acoustic sound this works exelently with the right pedal (to Switch from acoustic to electric sounds and vice versa) to play Stairway To Heaven for example. For its price range you expect alot from this guitar and it never fails.
Action, Fit & Finish: I can’t really find any fault with this guitar as it was ready to play with low – medium action and a fantastic set of tuner pegs (made by Grover) the finish is as beautiful as it looked during the old live Led Zeppelin DVD. The only thing I will mention again is the eliptical neck this was an un expected feature on this guitar for me. Though it does make playing eaisier if you can adjust to it but if not the it is a waste of a hell of alot of money.
Reliability & Durability: This guitar is a near as possible exact replica of Jimmy Page’s Les Paul from 1958 (I think) and it really feels like it is built to last in every aspect. I have used it live meany times already, once never using another guitar for the whole hour and a half non-stop show. everything about this guitar is exactly as I wanted it to be and I can depend on it in every situation, session or gig.
Impression: I already own 6 Les Pauls one of which is a 1962 Classic. This guitar rivals my Classic Les Paul very well in all styles that I play (just about everything for my session work). I really do depend on it as a main guitar most of the time. If it were lost or stolen I would need to buy another one simpally because there is no other guitar like it. It may be expensive but worth it every single time it is played it amazes the owner and the audience.