On January 31, 1969, Led Zeppelin played New York's Fillmore East for the first time. Their debut album had just been released, and the Big Apple was abuzz with the promise of this hot new British group. But they were as yet untested before an American audience, so Fillmore impresario Bill Graham booked them as the opening act for Iron Butterfly. Their first set that evening killed, tearing up the house so thoroughly that Iron Butterfly refused to go on after them again. So Led Zeppelin headlined the 11:30 show â€” never again to be an opening act. Jimmy Page played his Tele that night â€” the one he famously used on the first album, and quite frequently thereafter â€” sending shock waves into the audience with every strike of his pick and violin bow. Now Leaseville is thrilled to present to you the Fender Jimmy Page Telecaster, a superb re-creation of this legendary instrument in all its glory.
If you're a guitarist who prefers a thin '60s neck profile with a little more meat, the Jimmy Page Tele's Thin D shape is your cup of tea. In 1959, Fender started doing rosewood fingerboards on Telecasters, and that's what this one has, along with a comfortable vintage-spec 7.25" radius. Fingerboard designs have flattened out over the decades, the theory being that flatter radii are better for soloing in the high register. The fact remains that Mr. Page was a prodigious soloist on his Tele (after all, he played the epic "Stairway to Heaven" solo on it). And that's all we have to say about that. As an added touch, the finish on the neck is finished in "Road Worn" lacquer, that shows wear and checking that occurs naturally as a finish ages.
Although Jimmy Page is commonly associated with another classic single-cut solidbody electric guitar, it was a Telecaster that powered the Yardbirds' final years, Led Zeppelin's debut, and one of rock music's most iconic solos. Page did tons of London session work in the mid-'60s. (Fun fact: Jimmy played acoustic on the main title theme for Goldfinger, the third James Bond movie.) In 1966 he joined the Yardbirds, initially playing bass alongside his childhood friend Jeff Beck on lead guitar. When Jeff (who had replaced Eric Clapton in the Yardbirds) left the group shortly thereafter, Page assumed the lead guitar spot, playing a Telecaster (thought to be a '59) gifted him by Jeff.