Collectors take note! We offer the Jimmy Page Mirrored and Dragon Telecaster, two exclusive guitars with which the Fender Custom Shop pays tribute to one of the most important parts of rock history. With these guitars, master builder Paul Waller captured the special story of Jimmy Page's Telecaster. The two versions represent the guitar in the different eras of his career in the Yardbirds and Led Zeppelin. Getting a matched pair of this guitar is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that won't come around again anytime soon. Because although the guitars were originally sold as a pair, most have since been torn apart. Here, however, we have an original pair with matched serial numbers - and in mint and virtually unplayed condition.
The original guitar was originally a gift from Jeff Beck. He gave it to Jimmy in the mid-sixties as a thank you for getting him the guitarist position in the Yardbirds. To this day, it's not entirely clear whether the guitar with the neckdate 2/58 is a very early '59 or a "partscaster" that was assembled from leftover parts in the Fender factory.
Later, when Jimmy himself becomes part of the band, he decides to apply several small, round mirrors to the white-painted guitar. This makes for spectacular effects in the spotlight, and throughout his time in the Yardbirds, the Tele remains his live guitar. In keeping with the spirit of the times, he soon has a psychedelic design in mind for his Telecaster. So the lacquer is completely removed, and Jimmy personally applies the Dragon design to the guitar with bright poster paint. The mirror effect is now achieved with a mirror film under a transparent pickguard. In 1968, the most important break in Jimmy Page's career occurs. The Yardbirds break up, and Jimmy decides to form his own band - Led Zeppelin. In the "Dragon" design, the guitar is used on the complete Led Zeppelin I album.
In 2019, the Fender Custom Shop decides to replicate the instrument exactly as part of its Artist Signature series - and with the help of Jimmy himself. The original - now completely stripped of its paint again - is meticulously photographed and measured. Paul Waller then selects from thousands of ash bodys exactly those that have a similar grain to the original. The result is 100 guitars, 50 Mirror and 50 Dragon Teles.
The "Mirrored Tele" represents the early years. Careful aging and exact replicas of the mirrors ensure that it represents an exact clone of the Telecaster during Jimmy's time in the Yardbirds. The Dragon-Tele, on the other hand, was painted with the exact poster colors of the original, with Jimmy even lending a hand and brush himself (very nicely documented in the "Making Of" video linked below!). Otherwise, both guitars have the same specs, of course: Neck with 60s style "Oval C" profile, 7.25" radius, vintage frets, and hand-wound Josefina 58 singlecoils. Of course, the guitars aren't exactly meant to be players, but both sound simply fantastic. Very resonant, vibrant and despite vintage specs with terrific playable necks.
In addition, there is a whole range of special accessories and goodies. The Mirrorred Tele comes in a custom shop case, including a period-correct strap and spiral cable. The Dragon Tele is in a massive flight case with a second level built in. Inside you will find two spiral cables, two straps and as a special highlight even a violin bow. The headstock of the Mirrored Tele as well as the two certificates were hand signed by Jimmy Page.
So with these two guitars you get the complete story of Jimmy Page's "Excalibur", as he once called his Telecaster himself. "You got it 150% right!" says Jimmy Page himself about the two guitars.
If you want to follow the history of the instruments in video, you can watch the three videos the Custom Shop used to document the history and production process, and in which Jimmy himself tells the story of his Telecaster:
Attention: the guitars are sold together only!
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