On January 31, 1969, Led Zeppelin played New York's Fillmore East for the first time. Their debut album had just been released, and the Big Apple was abuzz with the promise of this hot new British group. But they were as yet untested before an American audience, so Fillmore impresario Bill Graham booked them as the opening act for Iron Butterfly. Their first set that evening killed, tearing up the house so thoroughly that Iron Butterfly refused to go on after them again. So Led Zeppelin headlined the 11:30 show — never again to be an opening act. Jimmy Page played his Tele that night — the one he famously used on the first album, and quite frequently thereafter — sending shock waves into the audience with every strike of his pick and violin bow. Now Music Experience is thrilled to present to you the Fender Jimmy Page Telecaster, a superb re-creation of this legendary instrument in all its glory.
If you're a guitarist who prefers a thin '60s neck profile with a little more meat, the Jimmy Page Tele's Thin D shape is your cup of tea. In 1959, Fender started doing rosewood fingerboards on Telecasters, and that's what this one has, along with a comfortable vintage-spec 7.25" radius. Fingerboard designs have flattened out over the decades, the theory being that flatter radii are better for soloing in the high register. The fact remains that Mr. Page was a prodigious soloist on his Tele (after all, he played the epic "Stairway to Heaven" solo on it). And that's all we have to say about that. As an added touch, the finish on the neck is finished in "Road Worn" lacquer, that shows wear and checking that occurs naturally as a finish ages.
These Jimmy Page Custom '59 single-coils are designed to Jimmy's exact specifications to deliver the searing Tele bite and visceral crunch we all know and love from early Zeppelin records. And trust us: these pups pack a punch. After all, the originals had the power to cut through one of the heaviest rock rhythm sections of the '70s: John Paul Jones and John Bonham.
Although Jimmy Page is commonly associated with another classic single-cut solidbody electric guitar, it was a Telecaster that powered the Yardbirds' final years, Led Zeppelin's debut, and one of rock music's most iconic solos. Page did tons of London session work in the mid-'60s. (Fun fact: Jimmy played acoustic on the main title theme for Goldfinger, the third James Bond movie.) In 1966 he joined the Yardbirds, initially playing bass alongside his childhood friend Jeff Beck on lead guitar. When Jeff (who had replaced Eric Clapton in the Yardbirds) left the group shortly thereafter, Page assumed the lead guitar spot, playing a Telecaster (thought to be a '59) gifted him by Jeff. In May of '66, Jimmy collaborated with Jeff on a single, "Beck's Bolero," contributing electric 12-string rhythm guitar. John Paul Jones played bass, and Keith Moon (of the Who) played drums on the session. They were all enthused by the results, and the concept for a new supergroup germinated — which eventually led to the formation of Led Zeppelin (the name was suggested by Keith). Fun fact: Zep was originally called the New Yardbirds!
When the opening riff of “Good Times Bad Times” came through the radio in 1969, everything changed. In that moment Jimmy Page cemented his legacy and altered the course of popular music with a single guitar: his Fender Telecaster. The Fender Jimmy Page Telecaster is an homage to that guitar, which began life in its factory White Blonde lacquer finish, then became the “mirror guitar” before taking on its final form – a magical one-of-a-kind instrument, hand-painted by Page himself, that would go on to produce some of the most iconic riffs of the 20th Century.
Like Page’s original ’59 Telecaster, the body is crafted from ash with an attractive grain, making it extremely resonant with well-defined mids.
The Jimmy Page Telecaster features a reproduction of Jimmy Page’s famous artwork, finished with a smooth gloss urethane.
We duplicated the exact neck profile from Page’s Telecaster, finished with our Road Worn® lacquer and capped with a period-correct slab fingerboard.
Designed for authentic Fender tone, the custom pickups are constructed as close to the originals as possible.
String top-load-style for a rounder sound with easier bending (like Jimmy Page), or traditional through-body for classic Fender twang.
Vintage-style tuning machines offer classic style and rock-solid tuning stability.
|Number of Strings||6|
Natural with Jimmy Page Artwork
Page Custom Thin D
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|Nut Material||Synthetic Bone|
3-saddle Vintage-style Tele Bridge, String-thru or Top-loaded
|Number of Pickups||2|
Jimmy Page Custom '59 Single-coil
Jimmy Page Custom '59 Single-coil
1 x master volume, 1 x master tone, 3-way blade pickup switch
Fender USA 250R, .010-.046
Vintage-style Hardshell Case
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