JIMMY PAGE LES PAUL CUSTOM W/BIGSBY – FIRST IMAGEs!!! (updated 4th April ’08)
Here’s a first look at one of the tastiest releases of 2008 – the Gibson Custom Jimmy Page Signature Les Paul Black Beauty…
Early in Jimmy Page’s career, one of his most relied upon guitars was the three-pickup 1960 Les Paul Custom “Black Beauty” with a bigsby tailpiece. In 1970, the guitar was stolen and never recovered, but thanks to the Gibson Custom Shop, this guitar is back in the form of a new Gibson Custom Shop Jimmy Page Les Paul Custom, recently announced at NAMM.
UPDATE (4th April):
The PRICE LIST of the limited run of 25 signed by Jimmy Page himself is nothing less than £18264.14 exactly. Why not £18265, i wonder…
But Dolphin Music is selling it for £9299…still pricey, but quite a good bargain, if you can afford that kind of money! View Page.
However…here’s where things get exciting! The new SRP for the Jimmy Page Black Beauty Custom (which’s not signed by Page) is £4387.72 only, and Dolphin Music is selling it for…just £3399! Not cheap, but definitely not over-priced when compared to other Gibson Custom models…for such a cool, beautiful and collectible guitar, it’s not bad at all…View Page (this page also features a multi-angle animation, wallpaper download and a life-size download of the Jimmy Page Guitar!)
There’s also a Stoptail version of the Jimmy Page Black Beauty Model, for those who are not too keen on a Bigsby. Dolphin is selling it for £3299 and it’s “just” a beautiful, revamped Black Beauty…View Page
And here’s a closer look at Jimmy Page’s custom 6-way switch, a cool feature on all of those 3 models:
From Gibson:No one has had a bigger impact on the style and sound of hard rock guitar than the deservedly legendary Jimmy Page. As the musical mastermind of Led Zeppelin, Page’s tone, playing, and phrasing made him one of the most influential musicians of the past 50 years.In Zeppelin’s early days, Page relied heavily on a three-pickup 1960 Les Paul Custom “Black Beauty” with a Bigsby tailpiece. Unfortunately, the guitar was stolen in 1970 at an airport and never recovered. Page has always felt that that particular guitar was “the one that got away.”
Gibson proudly returns Page’s cherished lost guitar in the form of the new Gibson Custom Shop Jimmy Page Les Paul Custom—a painstaking recreation of that iconic instrument, with the addition of some of the most innovative electronics to ever grace a Les Paul.
The result is this stunning “Black Beauty” with a slim-profile neck, Page BurstBucker pickups, gold Bigsby vibrato and an innovative six-position toggle that lets you isolate the neck and bridge pickups, or add the middle in any combination. A stop tailpiece version is also available.
Limited to a worldwide edition of just 500 guitars, the Gibson Custom Shop Jimmy Page Les Paul Custom is Gibson’s heartfelt tribute to a true legend and to the guitar he loved and lost.
Gibson Custom Shop Jimmy Page Les Paul Custom VOSBody & Hardware:
- Carved Mahogany top
- Solid lightweight mahogany back
- Multi-ply white/black binding on top and back
- Ebony finish
- Gold hardware
- ABR-1 Bridge
- Bigsby or lightweight stop-bar tailpiece
Neck & Headstock:
- 1-piece mahogany neck
- 22 fret ebony fingerboard
- Pearl block inlays
- Single-ply white binding
- ‘60s neck profile
- 24 3/4” scale length, 1 11/16” nut width
- Holly headstock veneer
Electronics & Strings:
- Jimmy Page custom pickups
- 2 volume, 2 tone, push/pull pot
- Jimmy Page custom 6-way switch
- Vintage .009 strings
- Includes Custom Shop case, certificate of authenticity
Gibson Custom Shop Jimmy Page Les Paul Custom Signed Edition
- Specifications as per “VOS” edition except that the first 25 are played and signed personally by Jimmy Page.
We’re here wondering whether the Gibson Les Paul Black Beauty he played at the O2 Arena must have been a prototype for this one…
The new Jimmy Page Custom has been causing quite a stirr amongst guitarists…some stunned by it’s features and obvious beauty…others not impressed by the prices.
Considering that for just £374 you can get a pretty good Epiphone Black Beauty (view here), and then if you install a Bigsby you could get a good replica for much less…would you buy a Jimmy Page Black Beauty Custom for its price tag?
Have your say here!