Led Zeppelin icon Jimmy Page has joined forces with Fender to recreate his iconic 1959 Telecaster which he played with The Yardbirds and used on Led Zeppelin’s self-titled debut album in 1969.
The original was given to Page by Jeff Beck and is famous for its “mirror” and “dragon” designs, with the instrument being made again to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Led Zeppelin and Page’s career.
Fender will release four signature models in 2019: Two will be made on Fender’s production lines while the other pair will be produced in the Fender Custom Shop and named the “Limited Edition Jimmy Page Telecaster Set.”
Of the new models, Page says: “Because of the heritage of this guitar, that comes through Jeff Beck and goes through the whole of the first album, I thought it would be really interesting to see if Fender would be interested to do it.”
“This guitar is so special and has so much history. (Fender) really got it 110 percent right, or 150 percent right. It’s so absolutely as it is, as it should be, and as it was.”
“Visiting the Fender Custom Shop to sign and paint the guitars with Fender custom shop master builder – Paul Waller was a real thrill,” he added. “To see all those absolute gems on the wall, it’s a pretty amazing experience.”
Executive vice president of Fender products, Justin Norvell, adds: “This unique Fender Telecaster has an amazing backstory and helped inspire some of the greatest rock music of all time, both in the later years of The Yardbirds and the genesis of Led Zeppelin. Now we’re giving a new generation of player’s access to two great instruments in honor of Jimmy, his storied career and amazing musical body of work created and performed on this guitar.”
Elsewhere in Led Zeppelin news, the book Led Zeppelin by Led Zeppelin – which charts the band’s legendary career – was published by Reel Art Press in October. The 400-page volume features previously unpublished photos and artwork from Led Zep’s archives and includes contributions from photographers from around the world.