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 In Through The Out Door (Archive quality 1979 Japanese 7-track vinyl LP, housed in picture sleeve 'F' complete with the original brown paper bag outer cover, artwork inner, Japanese text biography/lyric insert and red & white obi-strip. The outer bag and sleeve shows minimal sign of wear and the vinyl is Near Mint - an amazing copy P-10726N)
- Led Zeppelin - Houses Of The Holy - 180gm - Sealed - US - vinyl LP - £295.00, $401.20, €330.40 (New Item) (arrived 19-Feb-2021 14:25)on March 3, 2021 at 2:38 pm
LED ZEPPELIN Houses Of The Holy (2000 US limited edition remastered issue of the classic 1973 8-track LP, pressed on 180gm Audiophile Vinyl, the first issue from Classic Records' now legendary series of releases, remastered at Bernie Grundman Masteringand pressed by RTI in Camarillo, California. These initial pressings are often regarded as sounding better than the later 200gm versions, but that's for your ears to determine. The gatefold picture sleeve is an exact high qualityreproductionof the original complete with title belly-band. This astonishing copy remains FACTORY SEALED from new in its clear, oversize poly bag with fully intact perforations along the left hand edge and central beather hole front & rear. A rare chance to own this increasingly hard-to-find edition, just as it was issued some twenty-one years ago! SD7255)
- Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin III - 180gm Vinyl - German - 2-LP vinyl set - £35.00, $47.60, €39.20 (New Item) (arrived 19-Feb-2021 11:51)on March 3, 2021 at 2:38 pm
LED ZEPPELIN Led Zeppelin III (2014 German limited edition digitally remastered double 180gram Heavyweight Vinyl LP issue of their 1970 third studio album including Immigrant Song, Celebration Day, Since I've Been Loving You and GallowsPole, accompanied by a collection of unreleased studio outtakes. Housed in a custom stickered die-cut tri-fold picture sleeve which has a replica rotating wheel plus Zeppelin logo hologram on the back. Although not sealed, this copy remains in near as new condition)
- Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin IV - 180gm - German - 2-LP vinyl set - £35.00, $47.60, €39.20 (New Item) (arrived 19-Feb-2021 12:07)on March 3, 2021 at 2:38 pm
LED ZEPPELIN Led Zeppelin IV (2014 German limited edition 16-track double audiophile LP issue of the 1971 album, newly remastered by guitarist & producer Jimmy Page & pressed on 180gm Vinyl, now expanded to include previously unreleased companion audio including studio outtakes, rough mixes & backing tracks, tri-fold picture sleeve with credits insert & Zeppelin logo hologram on the back. The sleeve shows minimal shelfwear and the vinyl remains near 'as new')
- Led Zeppelin - Presence - 180gm Deluxe - German - 2-LP vinyl set - £25.00, $34.00, €28.00 (New Item) (arrived 19-Feb-2021 12:15)on March 3, 2021 at 2:38 pm
LED ZEPPELIN Presence (2015 German limited edition 12-track double LP audiophile issue of the 1976 album, newly remastered by guitarist & producer Jimmy Page & pressed on 180gram Vinyl, expanded to include previously unreleased companion audio including studio outtakes, rough mixes & backing tracks. Housed in a hype-stickered tri-fold picture sleeve with replica insert, negative artwork & Swansong hologram on the back. The sleeve shows only minor edgewear and the vinyl remains near 'as new')