Various combinations create Jimmy’s unique sounds.
To replicate Jimmy’s guitar, Gibson’s luthiers, skilled from long ago, carved the neck and body profile to be exactly the same.
Each guitar was hand painted individually with a true dark red that perfectly matches his and the authentic flame finish was kept subtle and elegant, the binding was ‘aged’ and the finish hand rubbed to perfection.
Grover tuners and gold hardware was installed and the proper headstock inlay added. The end result was a labour intensive masterpiece and Jimmy Page was struck by the overall quality. Each guitar was personally played by Jimmy and received his blessing before being released for sale. Sadly, only around 400 received this painstaking treatment.
This batch sold out very quickly with the guitars rapidly becoming some of the most collectible Les Pauls ever made.
To keep up with market demand Gibson then decided to introduce a few time saving build changes. So out went the time consuming hand carving and hand finishing.
The guitars built since 1996 are still excellent players, but the rare beauty, the feel of the specially carved neck and the unmistakable tone variations sadly disappeared.
More recently Gibson renowned luthier, Tom Murphy, produced another Limited Edition Jimmy Page Les Paul with custom aging, but that’s another story.
Each of the four control knobs can be push/pulled to create tone variations:
- The bridge volume knob splits the bridge pickup coils.
- The neck volume knob splits the neck pickup coils.
- The bridge tone knob places the pickups in or out of phase with one another.
- The neck pickup tone knob causes the pickups to be wired in series or in parallel.
Neck and Body
- The original tuners are gold, round-shaped Grovers.
- The neck, from a 1959 Les Paul Standard, is heavily customised by hand.
- The body is actually from a 1958 Les Paul Standard.