Jimmy Page No.2

A Legendary Les Paul,
Modified by a Legendary Player

The 1959 Les Paul that has come to be known as “Number Two” was purchased by Page in 1973 after trying for some time to acquire an exceptional second Les Paul. This was several years after having acquired his other legendary Les Paul—“Number One”, a ’59 ’Burst with shaved-down neck profile and no serial number—from Joe Walsh. “Number Two” was essentially all original when he acquired it though Jimmy did have some modifications done to the neck shape so that it would more nearly match the feel of his “Number One”. The neck is certainly slim but not to such extremes as the now-ultra-slim neck on “Number One”. It had a strong, beautiful sunburst finish with a red element that had faded to a dusky amber-brown, along with a clear serial number dating it to 1959. Page played this Les Paul frequently through his days with Led Zeppelin, and in the early ’80s decided to make it an even more versatile instrument and “explore the full range of what the two humbuckers have to offer”.

Page designed a switching system for coil splitting, series/parallel, and phase-reverse options for both pickups, and employed a skilled electronics technician to devise a working schematic and make his sonic vision a reality. The result comprised a push/pull pot on each of the guitar’s four standard controls, plus two push-button switches hidden beneath the pickguard, all mounted on a ’59 Les Paul Standard that is otherwise a superb example of the breed, both in tone and playability.

The Custom Shop Jimmy Page “Number Two” Les Paul was recreated with intense, inch-by-inch examination of Page’s original guitar, inside and out. The process of getting it right involved the production of a number of hand-built prototypes, each of which was checked and critiqued in detail by Page himself. Approval of the final iteration was only offered after the legendary artist had intricately examined and extensively played this last prototype in his London home—after which it was given the thumbs-up, worthy of being the template for the Custom Shop Jimmy Page “Number Two” Les Paul. Only 325 examples will be produced in total: 100 will be aged by vintage-reproduction master Tom Murphy; 25 more will be aged by Tom Murphy and signed by Jimmy Page; and 200 will be finished to Gibson’s VOS specs.

Body
Crafted from a uniquely figured two-piece Eastern maple top attached to a one-piece, solid, lightweight, genuine mahogany back, the Custom Shop Jimmy Page Number Two Les Paul follows the body lines and dimensions of the original ’59 Les Paul Standard. Neck and Headstock
The neck of the Custom Shop Jimmy Page “Number Two” Les Paul is constructed from one piece, quarter-sawn, lightweight mahogany for improved strength and resonance. The Luthiers in Gibson’s Custom Shop carefully match the grains and weights of these guitars’ bodies and necks to optimize tone and sustain.

Hardware
The Jimmy Page Number Two Les Paul is equipped with top of the line hardware. From the Grover tuners to the stopbar tailpiece to the period-correct “antique bell” truss rod cover, it retains and replicates every bit of its predecessor’s strength. Electronics
On this Les Paul, each of the controls’ potentiometers has been replaced with a push-pull pot for individual pickup switching functions, while two miniature push-pull DPDT switches have been mounted under the pickguard to provide additional universal switching functions.

 

Hardware

 

Tuning Keys
The headstock of the Custom Shop Jimmy Page “Number Two” Les Paul is equipped with Grover tuners, a modification preferred by Jimmy Page, and used on the original guitar. Strap Buttons
Custom Shop Jimmy Page “Number Two” Les Paul carries Schaller straplocks, a modification preferred by Jimmy Page himself, and one undertaken on his own 1959 Les Paul. Pickguard
The guitar carries an accurate reissue cream pickguard, made in the image of the ’guard on the original 1959 Les Paul Standard, with two push-button switches added underneath (see Electronics, above). Control Knobs
The Custom Shop Jimmy Page “Number Two” Les Paul’s Volume and Tone controls carry period correct gold top-hat knobs.

 

Bridge
In the image of its predecessor, the Custom Shop Jimmy Page “Number Two” Les Paul carries a Tune-o-matic (ABR-1) bridge that is made from zinc and plated in polished nickel, then aged by Gibson’s own proprietary process to replicate the look of the bridge. This bridge provides a firm seating for the strings, allowing the player to adjust and fine-tune the intonation and string height in a matter of minutes. It also yields excellent coupling between strings and body, maximizing resonance, tone, and sustain. Tailpiece
This guitar’s Tune-o-matic (ABR) bridge is combined with a separate “stopbar” tailpiece, which is essentially a modified version of the earlier wraparound bridge that’s designed to further enhance the connection between the strings and the body. The Custom Shop Jimmy Page “Number Two” Les Paul’s stopbar tailpiece is made from Zamak, like the original, plated in chrome, and aged like the bridge, above. Truss Rod Cover
The truss rod cover on the Custom Shop Jimmy Page “Number Two” Les Paul follows the period-correct black and white plastic, “antique bell” shape of the originals. Strings
The Custom Shop Jimmy Page “Number Two” Les Paul is fitted with vintage strings, sizes .009 - .042.

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2004 Gibson Custom 1959 Les Paul Jimmy Page #7 - Aged and Signed

 

 

Unplayed Condition and includes Black Hardshell Case, Display Case, COA, Violin Bow and photo of Jimmy Page!

Jimmy Page has personally inspected, played and signed each of the 25 guitars in the initial limited run of the Gibson Jimmy Page Signature Les Paul models, produced by Gibson's Custom, Art & Historic division.

Gibson Custom offered three versions of the model: 25 signed guitars, with "aging" by renowned vintage guitar restorer Tom Murphy; 150 unsigned guitars, also aged by Murphy; followed by an open run of Page models featuring Custom Authentic aging. The first run of 25, as well as the second run of 150, were sold out as soon as they were offered to Gibson Custom dealers.

Because Page received the first guitar of this limited run, the 25 guitars released to the public are numbered 2-26. The initial run also includes a unique set of collateral items, including a black Custom Shop case with a silk-screened Page signature, a wall display box with a silk-screened Page signature (with hangers for the included violin bow) and a portfolio that contains the Page-signed Certificate of Authenticity and an exclusive color photo of Page holding the prototype guitar. The guitars will also ship with the original strings on them-played by Page himself-and set up with the super-low action that Page prefers.

The first 25 aged models were hand numbered 2-26 and signed by Jimmy Page & no other number is on this model. The limited run of 150 aged models are numbered in sequence as "PAGE xxx" and the unlimited run of Custom Authentic models are numbered in sequence as "JPP xxx".

Edwin Wilson from the Gibson Custom Shop and a few others from Gibson went to England to examine Jimmy's #1. Another representative of Gibson was the primary contact with Jimmy and was the fellow who brought the 30 Jimmy Page Signature Les Paul 'Number One' to England for Jimmy to play and examine.

With respect to the wiring, Edwin actually examined the wiring of Jimmy's guitar and put a meter on it. The pickups in Jimmy's actual vintage number one are definitely out of phase in the middle position, and the switch is definitely a coil tap. So the reissues are wired and make sounds just like Jimmy's guitar as it currently resides in his possession.

Gibson sent 30 guitars to Jimmy because they didn't want to be presumptuous by sending just 25 of them and not allowing for any rejections. In fact, after playing the guitars, Jimmy was hard pressed to "reject" any of them. There were a few (like the guitar he kept) that just felt and sounded a little bit better to him, but he really was blown away by all of them. The Custom Shop had gone over each guitar with a fine tooth comb before sending them.

Jimmy had originally planned to spend just a few hours with the guitars, but actually ended up playing them and inspecting them for almost six hours.

Edwin only had 45 minutes with the guitar, in one of Jimmy's mansions, with Jimmy watching everything. Edwin didn't get to weigh the guitar, or pull pickups out of the guitar, etc. He basically was allowed to take some pictures, measure and take a mold of the neck, and look in the control cavity with a meter. With the limited time and information, plus two prototypes subsequently sent to Jimmy for early feedback, they tried in earnest to duplicate a close replica honoring Jimmy's number one. The final guitars met with Jimmy's approval.

Sonic Evaluation: To say this Les Paul is anything less than “stunning” would be an understatement of epic proportions! Not only has this Les Paul been kept in immaculate unplayed Collector condition, but it truly sounds and looks like Jimmy’s number 1! Tom Murphy has the magic eye to complete such an amazing task to recreate arguably the most iconic Rock and roll guitar of all time. The overtones that come out of this tone machine make it incredibly hard to put it down. The bridge pickup has a bite that is sweet with beautiful bloom. The neck pickup is sweet and warm, with just the right amount of clarity and depth. This reminds us of some of our favorite vintage pieces we have played over the years and has all the vibe we could ever ask for. One of the coolest guitars to come to Wildwood!

Mike Slubowski

Jimmy Page no.2  signed and aged - 11   and VOS -  005     thanks Walman