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The story behind the Jimmy Page Dragon Telecaster . In The Yardbirds, Jimmy had worked alongside Jeff Beck since joining in the summer of 1965 and when he shifted to guitar, he mostly played a Telecaster borrowed from Jeff. Page studied the works of Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn founder Aleister Crowley as … The Led Zep man explained that he first received the guitar from Jeff Beck, who wanted to thank Page for recommending him to The Yardbirds. In 1952, they moved to Feltham and then to Miles Road, Epsom in Surrey. When the Yardbirds folded in 1968, Page decided to once again revamp the axe by stripping it of its mirrors and painting on a psychedelic dragon motif with poster paint. Back at Winter NAMM 2019, Fender thrilled Led Zeppelin fans by announcing reissues of Jimmy Page’s historic ’59 Telecaster. Now, after three months of anticipation, the company has finally unveiled the new line of electric guitars in advance of the NAMM show. One of the things they expressed interest in was his Dragon Tele [a 1959 model originally given to Page by Jeff Beck]. Now, the brand has released a new video of Page talking at length about the special model. Watch the conversation with Jimmy Page above. Producer Tracey Cooper Executive Producers Chris O’Reilly & Charlotte Bavasso Priced from $1,399.99-$2,499.99. This is what the Fender Custom Shop is all about – building dreams for our artists, as well as collectors and guitar players everywhere.”. The Fender Jimmy Page Telecaster is a tribute to Jimmy Page's 1959 Telecaster, as played in the Yardbirds, Led Zeppelin, and beyond. Led Zeppelin icon Jimmy Page originally received his 1959 Fender Telecaster as a gift from the legendary guitarist Jeff Beck in 1966. But, as Jimmy Page explains in a newly revealed video segment, shot by Fender at their Custom Shop, in Corona, California, the guitar soon assumed a massive significance for him. The December 2020 issue of Guitar Magazine is out now! The most dangerous time of year for your wallets is here. Culture Editor Tony Sokol is a writer, playwright and musician. “Jimmy Page visited the Fender Custom Shop late last year to personally work on each of these guitars with Paul Waller,” said Mike Lewis, VP of Product Development for Fender Custom Shop. The Page les pauls story to me is more interesting. Fender Jimmy Page Telecaster The new that Fender is to produce two versions of Mr Page’s famous Telecaster was possibly the biggest news from Fender at Winter NAMM this year. In our final part of our look at the stylings of the legendary Three Kings, we tackle the searing style of Freddie King. And read the history of Page’s Led Zeppelin guitars here. As guitarist and producer of Led Zeppelin, Jimmy Page crafted some of the most iconic and memorable music of the 20th century. The instrument was the main guitar used on Led Zeppelin and was later used to record the iconic solo for “Stairway to Heaven." Fender will be releasing two high-priced models as an homage to that instrument in March and two other models in the summer. This 1959 Fender Telecaster was owned by John Owen who purchased it for 107 pounds in 1961. Here’s a Part 1 guide to the man jokingly dubbed Slowhand. From eye-catching straps to dual-function pedals that both look the part and free up pedalboard real estate, there’s something for every type of guitar player this festive season. In the video below, Jimmy Page shares the psychedelic story behind his famous Fender guitar. In the video, which is part of Fender’s In Conversation series, Page provides a personal account of the Tele’s origins along with its evolving aesthetics. Hirsute humbuckers modelled on the PAFs in Pearly Gates, the ZZ Top man’s legendary 1959 Les Paul, Billy Corgan and company return with escalation the name of the game, but despite the classic line-up, this is not 1995…. The latest guitar news, reviews and features delivered to your inbox. He was previously married to Jimena Gomez-Paratcha, Patricia Ecker and Charlotte Martin. One such guitar was Jimmy Page's Dragon Telecaster. Continuing our journey through the guitar styles of the legendary Three Kings, this time it’s the turn of Flying V-toting blue icon Albert. Get the best of Den of Geek delivered right to your inbox! 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The Fender Custom Shop Jimmy Page Dragon Telecaster (Image credit: Fender) The guitar became Page’s main axe during his late-period Yardbirds days - the first time the legend experimented with playing it with a violin bow on early live workouts of Dazed And Confused - and he took it with him when he, like Beck, left to find his way as an artist in his own right. Commemorating the band's win of the MoPOP Founders Award. The film is narrated by Page. “You know…especially in women’s clothes, on jackets and skirts. The September 2020 issue of Guitar Magazine is out now! Here is the quick history on Jimmy Page’s famous “ Dragon ” Fender Telecaster that he used with Led Zeppelin and the actual guitar used to play the solo on “ Stairway To Heaven .”. Page played it on stage and in the studio until 1969. Less surprisingly, it has already sold out. When legendary guitarist Jimmy met the Fender Telecaster, rock history was made. I tried applying mirrors to it so you could use it in an optical way with the lights and shine the mirrors on people while you were playing.”, Page added eight round mirrors to the body of the guitar to give it a kinetic element In February 1967. Among the four Artist Signature models will be two highly collectible, limited edition Fender Custom Shop versions masterbuilt by Fender Custom Shop Master Builder veteran Paul Waller – one with mirrors and the other with the painted dragon. “The story of the instrument is the whole journey of it – from Jeff having it, to passing it on to me with such good spirit,” Page said in a statement. You can always unsubscribe (so you won't receive any more e-mails) by clicking on the unsubscribe link at the bottom of each e-mail. Fender Musical Instruments Corporation released details on the four Artist Signature guitars modeled after Page’s famous 1959 Fender Telecaster. By checking the boxes you agree to receive the following from us via e-mail. “In the `60s, you’d see mirrors appearing in fashion,” he added. Fender have released an animated video telling the story of Jimmy Page’s iconic 1959 Telecaster. Jimmy Page, Soundtrack: The Song Remains the Same. And you’d see it appearing in artwork and in displays and things.”, By mid-1967, Page who had art school training, removed the mirrors, stripped the guitar down to bare wood, and repainted it with the iconic “Dragon” design. At each stage in its evolution, this legendary guitar produced some of … The Telecaster also made great inroads in the 1950s as a must-have studio session instrument. In addition to the Fender Custom Shop models, Fender will roll out both mirror and painted versions from its production lines in Spring and Summer 2019, respectively. Page salvaged the neck and put it on his brown string bender Tele, and has since re-stripped and restored the body in full. Page then recounts his decision to consecrate the guitar as his own in 1967 by appending eight circular mirrors to the axe’s body. Jimmy Page, OBE, is widely considered to be one of the greatest and most influential guitarists of all time, and one of the most important record producers and songwriters in rock history. In the tradition of blues legend Robert Johnson, this 1959 Fender Telecaster was given to him by Jeff Beck, who passed it on as he passed on his gig with The Yardbirds. We take a look back at Elephant – the duo’s heavy-hitting 2003 garage-rock masterpiece that unleashed rock’s last truly world-conquering riff. To further celebrate the mirrored Telecaster. Very loud. Jimmy Page brought a special magic to Led Zeppelin. Directorial duo Smith & Foulkes at Nexus Studios help visualize an otherworldly trip for the electrified instrument that helped usher guitar wizard Jimmy Page out of the Yardbirds and into Led Zeppelin. Page practiced backwards masking, and Fender is paying it forward in the Jimmy Page Mirror Telecaster. But Page eventually decided to form his own band and record an album. Jimmy Page brought a special magic to Led Zeppelin. Page studied the works of Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn founder Aleister Crowley as well as sacred geometry and the Sacred Book of Abramelin. Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page posted a video on Instagram describing the making of his customized Fender guitar released in 2019 which modeled after his beloved 1959 Fender Telecaster and became emotional remembering the good old days.. His father was a personnel manager at a plastic-coatings plant and his mother, who was of Irish descent, was a doctor's secretary. Padding, packing and protection – how to ensure your prized guitars stay safe in a big move. Early life. Page was born to James Patrick Page and Patricia Elizabeth Gaffikin in the west London suburb of Heston on 9 January 1944. The paint job compromised the wiring, leaving only the neck pickup working. We provide insight and opinion about gear, artists, technique and the guitar industry for all genres and skill levels. As the guitar evolved, so did Jimmy’s career. Now, the brand has released a new video of Page talking at length about the special model. The Telecaster would become the foundation of the “Bakersfield Sound” pioneered in the later 1950s and popularized in the 1960s by Owens and his band, the Buckaroos, Merle Haggard and the Strangers, and others. Two new models dubbed the Limited Edition Jimmy Page Telecaster Set, were produced in the Fender Custom Shop, while two additional models will be made on Fender’s production lines. When he formed Led Zeppelin in 1968, the Dragon Telecaster became Page’s go-to instrument and he played it onstage and in the studio until 1969, wrote Brad Tolinski in Light & Shade: Conversations With Jimmy Page. Starting life as a rather standard 1959 White Telecaster, it was used by Jeff Beck when he was playing with The Deltons prior to joining the Yardbirds to fill an Eric Clapton shaped void. Page first picked up a guitar aged 12 and performed with Neil … He contributed to Altvariety, Chiseler, Smashpipe, and other magazines. Jeremy Taylor, Vice President of Fender Global Brand Creative, brought in Nexus Studios for the short animated film The Mystical Journey of Jimmy Page’s ‘59 Telecaster. Unlike the “exact” Fender Custom Shop reproductions, the production models include: a custom “Oval C”-shaped maple neck; ’50s Tele two-piece body; top-loader bridge for through-body or top-load stringing; custom single-coil pickups; lacquer finish; vintage tweed case with eight round mirrors (a tribute to the custom treatment Jimmy applied to the guitar); black coil cable; satin lacquer finish over a reproduction of Jimmy Page’s iconic artwork; a deluxe black case and red coil cable. Details from the manufacturer for the guitar geek. Culture Editor Tony Sokol cut his teeth on the wire services and also wrote and produced New York City’s Vampyr Theatre and the rock opera AssassiNation: We Killed JFK. The mirror model includes a vintage-style tweed hardshell case, black coiled cable, Ace “Stained Glass” fabric strap, Herco guitar picks and Page-signed Certificate of Authenticity. In The Anthology , Jimmy recounts how the guitar came to have the dragon design and how and why it was eventually refurbished to its original glory. Jimmy Page shares the psychedelic story behind his famous Fender guitar. The August 2020 issue of Guitar Magazine is out now. The Mystical Journey of Jimmy Page’s 59 Telecaster shows the root Led Zeppelin's musical alchemy. You can watch the short promotional film here: Few guitars are as important to the history of music culture as the “Dragon” Telecaster Page played for Led Zeppelin I, which came out on January 12, 1969. The animators visually convey the atmosphere and energy behind Page’s personalization of the Telecaster. Credits: Story and Narration by Jimmy Page Produced by Nexus Studios Directed by Smith & Foulkes. For $25,000, the set will be available for local authorized showcase dealers to purchase and then sell together or separately to consumers. Anthology gave me the opportunity to do the detail behind the detail of everything pertaining to my career, whether it was the guitars or the costumes or whatever. Jimmy Page is using a violin bow on his ‘Mirror’ Telecaster, the subject of a recent Fender tribute model. As the Dragon is born, he moves in and Led Zeppelin is born as well. The classic finish comes to Slash's collection of Les Pauls. Now, it’s been restored back to its true beauty and we’ve actually been able to sort of clone it.”, When Page first got the guitar, it was undecorated in its factory White Blonde finish. Jimmy Page's Fender "Dragon" Telecaster Though most known for being a Gibson Les Paul man, one of Jimmy Page's most iconic instruments is his 1959 or 1960 Fender Telecaster. Here the the Grammy-nominated guitarist tells us about the inescapable draw of home. Originally, the guitar was given to Page by Jeff Beck, his fellow member of the Yardbirds. Recreations of both the ‘Mirror’ and ‘Dragon’ versions of the instrument were announced in November last year – with the eye-catching video created by Nexus Studios launched to announce that both are now on sale.. The “Dragon” model includes a custom hardshell flight case, white seatbelt-style strap, super-long white leather strap, red coiled cable, violin bow, rosin, Herco® guitar picks and Page-signed Certificate of Authenticity. Or so it’s been charged. Music Legend Jimmy Page Narrates Story of His ’59 Telecaster in Campaign for Fender By Harold Henry - Apr 12, 2019 A s part of their collaboration with legendary guitarist Jimmy Page, Fender has launched a new campaign spot narrated by Page himself that will surely resonate with musicians and with music fans alike. The guitar’s journey is detailed in a new Fender 'In Conversation' video. The October 2020 issue of Guitar Magazine is out now! In addition to personal touches from Page, the Fender Custom Shop models feature an off-center-seam, two-piece ash body; a pair of Fender Custom Shop Hand-Wound ‘58 single-coil pickups; a tinted maple “Oval C” neck matching the profile of Page’s original instrument; Clear and White Vinyl pickguards on the “Dragon” and mirror models, respectively. “I got to the point where I wanted to consecrate this guitar and really make it my own,” Page said in an interview at the Fender factory in Corona Calif. “In The Yardbirds, I was having to build my own identity within that group. The extravagant animations, partnered with Jimmy Page's narration, go on to recount how Jimmy began customising the Tele, first with mirrors to catch stage lights, and then later by stripping it and putting his art school skills to good use, painting the vibrant dragon design, and adding a reflective pick guard. Fender released a second short film, telling the story of the transformation, which you can watch here: “Jimmy actually invited us to his house in London to spec the guitar out,” said Fender Custom Shop Master Builder Paul Waller, who Page worked closely with during Fender’s reissue process to makes sure every detail was accurately recreated. © 2020 Guitar.com is a member of the media division of BandLab Technologies. Nexus Studios’ Directors Smith and Foulkes, and their team of animators, shaped the film around Page’s “own testimony.” “Through animation, we struck an authentic balance between brand marketing and product storytelling to create a unique visual experience to launch the Mirror Telecaster,” Taylor said in a statement. Page partially painted over the stripped 1959 Telecaster with darts and curls of green, orange, yellow, blue and red in a pattern that formed something of a swirling, psychedelic dragon.