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 Led Zeppelin II (Mid 80s German issue of the 1969 9-track stereo LP, glossy non-barcoded gatefold sleeve printed with the catalogue number '40 037 [SD 8236]' with the label printed 'K40037'. This copy has the mispelling of 'Heartbreakers' on the label and lists The Lemon Song on both sleeve & label. The sleeve does have some notable edge scuffing and spine wear, whilst the vinyl appears near as new - a great play copy offered at an advantageous price K40037) […]
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LED ZEPPELIN Led Zeppelin IV (Early 80s German issue of the 1971 8-track LP, featuring the classic 'Stairway To Heaven' & the beautiful 'The Battle Of Evermore' with Sandy Denny's angelic vocal, housed in a glossy gatefold picture sleeve with non-titled cover art & no spine print, complete with the four symbol inner with the Stairway lyrics/tracklist along with 'ATL50008' & [SD7208] catalogue numbers & 'K50008' text on the labels. The sleeve shows a few minor creases to the spine &thevinyl is Excellent with just light play K50008) […]
- Led Zeppelin - Coda - German - vinyl LP - £35.00, $45.50, €40.25 (New Item) (arrived 25-Apr-2019 10:48) on January 1, 1970 at 12:00 am
LED ZEPPELIN Coda (1991 German issue of the 1982 8-track vinyl LP of outtakes, issued two years after the band had broken up following the loss of John Bonham, embossed barcoded gatefold picture sleeve with '!' sticker on the front plus credits inner. The sleeve shows a little light storage wear, whilst the vinyl has just a few light surface scuffs - an excellent copy of this nineties issue) […]
- Led Zeppelin - Presence - 2nd - VG - UK - vinyl LP - £15.00, $19.50, €17.25 (New Item) (arrived 22-Apr-2019 11:24) on January 1, 1970 at 12:00 am
LED ZEPPELIN Presence (1979 UK issue of the 1976 7-track LP, on the Swan Song label with 'Made in the UK' printed above the record speed [same as the first] with stamp A2 matrix along with ‘ATLANTIC STUDIOS’ etched in the dead wax on the A side, embossed gatefold picture sleeve with credits inner. The sleeve [VG+] shows some light areas of discolouring whilst the vinyl has just a couple of light signs of play & is Excellent. A nice, reasonably priced play copy SSK59402) […]
- Led Zeppelin - Presence - 2nd - EX - UK - vinyl LP - £20.00, $26.00, €23.00 (Back In Stock) (arrived 22-Apr-2019 11:21) on January 1, 1970 at 12:00 am
LED ZEPPELIN Presence (1979 UK second issue of the 1976 7-track LP on the Swan Song label with 'Made in the UK' clearly printed above the record speed [same as the first] with stamp A2 matrix along with ‘ATLANTIC STUDIOS’ hand-etched in the deadwax on the A side, matt finish gatefold sleeve with the embossed title on front cover in the top right corner & embossed Swan Song logo on rear cover in the bottom left corner, with the credit printed inner with no printer’s credit, clearlystating 'Printed And Made In England'. The sleeve and inner have a few light storage marks and a little discolouration, whilst the vinyl is in excellent condition. A great play copy offered at an advantageous price SSK59402) […]