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 - The Song Remains The Same - 1st - EX - UK - 2-LP vinyl set - £60.00, $75.00, €67.20 (New Item) (arrived 06-Aug-2020 12:55)on August 10, 2020 at 12:27 am
LED ZEPPELIN The Song Remains The Same (1976 UK first issue 9-track double live LP on the Swan Song label printed with the publishing credits below the catalogue number & stereo on the left all in small text. Comes housed in the first press textured & embossed gatefold picture sleeve with integral booklet & plain black inners. The packaging is Excellent with minimal age wear & the booklet is intact. The vinyl too is Excellent with only a few light signs of play. A really nice exampleSSK89402)
- Led Zeppelin - In Through The Out Door - Sleeve A + Obi - Japanese - vinyl LP - £45.00, $56.25, €50.40 (New Item) (arrived 05-Aug-2020 15:17)on August 10, 2020 at 12:27 am
LED ZEPPELIN In Through The Out Door (1979 Japanese 7-track LP, housed in a deluxe picture sleeve featuring the 'A' image complete with the unmarked 'magic wash' inner, a Japanese/ lyric insert & red obi-strip. The packaging shows few signs ofits age & the vinyl is Near Mint P-10726N)
- Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin III Super Deluxe - Numbered - EX - UK - vinyl box set - £75.00, $93.75, €84.00 (New Item) (arrived 03-Aug-2020 16:17)on August 10, 2020 at 12:27 am
LED ZEPPELIN Led Zeppelin III (2014 UK Super Deluxe Boxed Set, featuring the remastered album on CD in a replica mini-LP sleeve along with a companion audio disc in a special card wallet, combined with the LP pressed on Audiophile 180gram Heavyweight Vinyl with replica picture sleeve & companion audio on 180gram Vinyl, a high-def audio download card, a hardbound 80-page book filled with rare & previously unseen photos & memorabilia & an individually numbered high quality print of the original album cover with the first 30,000 copies, all housed in a heavy duty textured box with a Swan Song logo hologram on the back. The outer box has some scuff marks & hairline splits to the top & bottom spine edges yet the contents are Near Mint, offered at an advantageous price)
- Led Zeppelin - The Song Remains The Same - 180gm - US - vinyl box set - £85.00, $106.25, €95.20 (New Item) (arrived 03-Aug-2020 15:56)on August 10, 2020 at 12:27 am
LED ZEPPELIN The Song Remains The Same (2008 US limited edition remastered 16-track 4-LP set pressed on 180gram Audiophile Vinyl. Originally released in 1976, these recordings capture the band during a three-night stint at New York's Madison Square Gardens [27th - 29th July 1973], expanded with 6 additional tracks which did not appear on the original release. Comes complete with a 24-page booklet containing dozens of previously unpublished photographs & four individual jackets with new & unique artwork, all housed in a deluxe archival box with embossing & foil-stamping. The box shows very little sign of wear whilst the contents are Near Mint R1357564)
- Led Zeppelin - Houses Of The Holy - 3rd - EX - UK - vinyl LP - £25.00, $31.25, €28.00 (New Item) (arrived 30-Jul-2020 11:18)on August 10, 2020 at 12:27 am
LED ZEPPELIN Houses Of The Holy (Mid 70s issue of the 1973 8-track LP on the green & orange label with large Atlantic boxed logo at the top & the 'W' logo & copyright statement through the white band into green segment, glossy gatefold picturesleeve with non textured card lyric inner. The sleeve displays some minor general wear with some scuffs, whilst the vinyl shows only light signs of play K50014)