From Planet Rock.
When the world was first introduced to Led Zeppelin with two echoing chords in ‘Good Times Bad Times’ back in 1969 few people, let alone Jimmy Page himself. would have been able to predict the effect the band would have on rock music.
And the sound of that album was all largely down to one guitar, as Jimmy explains in a new video shared by Fender, who have recreated the mirrored / dragon Tele (one guitar, two incarnations, in case you’re confused) as an extremely limited edition, available only in runs of 50.
Jimmy Page’s custom mirrored & dragon guitar ⓒ Fender
The film tells of how Jimmy was gifted the plain white Telecaster by Jeff Beck after Page had recommended him for the position of lead guitarist in The Yardbirds.
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.
And whatever happened to the original dragon Tele? Well, that’s actually a bit of a sad story, as Jimmy told Guitar World in 1998: “I still have it, but it’s a tragic story. I went on tour with (a) ’59 Les Paul that I bought from Joe Walsh, and when I got back, a friend of mine had kindly painted over my paint job. He said, ‘I’ve got a present for you.’ He thought he had done me a real favour.
As you can guess, I wasn’t real happy about that. His paint job totally screwed up the sound and the wiring, so only the neck pickup worked. I salvaged the neck and put it on my brown Tele string bender that I used in the Firm (in 1985 and 1986). As for the body, it will never be seen again!”
Lucky for Jimmy, and for us, there are now faithful replicas ready to take its place for generations to come.
Watch the behind-the-scenes making of the custom guitars below:
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- Led Zeppelin - Houses Of The Holy - German - vinyl LP - £30.00, $42.30, €34.80 (New Item) (arrived 10-May-2021 12:59)on May 12, 2021 at 5:59 am
LED ZEPPELIN Houses Of The Holy (Early 1980's German issue of the 1973 8-track LP with orange & green Atlantic labels, glossy non barcoded gatefold picture sleeve with no credits, complete with textured lyric inner clearly printed with the catalogue number ATL50014 whilst the labels have K50014. The sleeve shows minor edgewear, whilst the vinyl looks barely played)
- Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin IV - 4th [K50008] - VG - UK - vinyl LP - £50.00, $70.50, €58.00 (New Item) (arrived 29-Apr-2021 10:46)on May 12, 2021 at 5:59 am
LED ZEPPELIN Led Zeppelin IV (1971 UK fourth issue 8-track LP on the plum & red label with band name at the top & Jimmy Page producer credit at the bottom, including the 'K50008' catalogue number lyric inner [hairline split at bottom]. The gatefold picture sleeve [VG+] has clean panels with some evidence of paper wear to a few edges & the vinyl is clean & grades VG+/EX- with a few light paper hairlines not upsetting play. A nice play copy of this classic album at an advantageous price)
- Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin III - 180gm - German - vinyl LP - £25.00, $35.25, €29.00 (New Item) (arrived 28-Apr-2021 09:17)on May 12, 2021 at 5:59 am
LED ZEPPELIN Led Zeppelin III (2014 German 19-track audiophile LP issue of the 1970 album pressed on 180 gram Heavyweight Vinyl, including Immigrant Song, Gallows Pole, Celebration Day and Since I've Been Loving You. Housed in a hype-stickered gatefold picture sleeve reproducing the original rotating wheel artwork & Zeppelin logo hologram on the back. Both sleeve & vinyl remain in superb near 'as new' condition)
- Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin - Remastered - UK - vinyl LP - £15.00, $21.15, €17.40 (New Item) (arrived 28-Apr-2021 09:24)on May 12, 2021 at 5:59 am
LED ZEPPELIN Led Zeppelin (2014 UK/EU 9-track LP, their classic 1969 debut album pressed on 180 gram vinyl, remastered by Jimmy Page. Includes Good Times Bad Times and Dazed & Confused. Housed in a hype-stickered picture sleeve reproducing the original album artwork with hologram sticker on the back. This copy remains in near as new condition)
- Led Zeppelin - Physical Graffiti - 80s Mispelling - VG - German - 2-LP vinyl set - £25.00, $35.25, €29.00 (New Item) (arrived 28-Apr-2021 09:41)on May 12, 2021 at 5:59 am
LED ZEPPELIN Physical Graffiti (80s German issue of the classic 1975 15-track double LP, housed in a die-cut & barcoded picture sleeve with the catalogue number SSK89400-O & [SS 2-200] printed in red on the spine whilst the labels have 'K89400' with the 'Boggie With Stu' & 'Hauses Of The Holy' mispellings, complete with picture inners & tracklist/credits insert. The outer sleeve is graded as VG with some notable scuffing along the opening edge and some general edgewear, whilst the vinyl shows only a few light cosmetic surface scuffs - a great play copy SSK89400)