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Gibson Jimmy Page Signature Les Paul 'Number One' (2004)
General Specs
Body: Single cutaway solid mahogany body, Carved figured maple top, 1-ply cream binding
Finish: Page Burst, Tom Murphy hand-aged
Neck: 1-piece mahogany neck, 1-ply cream binding, Jimmy Page custom profile
Fingerboard: Rosewood with trapezoid inlays (accurate shape and color)
Nut width: 1-11/16"
Scale: 24-3/4"
Frets: 22
Bridge: ABR-1 Tune-o-matic Bridge
Headstock: Blackface with 'Gibson' logo pearl inlay
Tuners: Kidney bean
Hardware: Aged Nickel and Gold
Pickguard: Raised cream acrylic
Pickups: Jimmy Page custom BurstBuckers
Controls: (2) Volume, (2) Tone (w/ pull-pot switching), 3-way selector
Strings: Vintage Reissue .010-.046
Case: Hardshell with red interior
Dates of Production: 2004-2007
Amount Produced: (Aged and signed) 26
(Aged) 150
(Unlimited run) 870
Retail Price: (Aged and signed) $23,699
(Aged) $16,566
(Unlimited run) $9,456
Website: http://www.gibson.com/ 
Rock and roll guitar legend 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. As a testament to Page's enormous influence, one of the instruments has already been sold for a reported $55,000 to an anonymous buyer - more than double its suggested list price and a record price for a new, first-run Gibson guitar.

Page, best known for his innovative guitar work and songwriting as a member of Led Zeppelin, signed and numbered each of the first 25 guitars on the back of the headstock. The signature model replicates the dings, scratches, playing wear and the unique neck shape of Page's 'Number One,'' a 1959 Gibson Les Paul Standard that he acquired in 1969 and used on virtually every Led Zeppelin album recording thereafter, including such hits as Whole Lotta Love and Rock and Roll.

Gibson Custom is offering 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".

Background
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.

Portions authored by MikeSlub

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Gibson Jimmy Page Signature Les Paul 'Number One' (2004-2007)
Gibson Jimmy Page Signature Les Paul 'Number One' (2004-2007)
Gibson Jimmy Page Signature Les Paul 'Number One' (2004-2007)
Gibson Jimmy Page Signature Les Paul 'Number One' (2004-2007)
Photo by MikeSlub
Gibson Jimmy Page Signature Les Paul 'Number One' (2004-2007)
Gibson Jimmy Page Signature Les Paul 'Number One' (2004-2007)
Gibson Jimmy Page Signature Les Paul 'Number One' (2004-2007)
Gibson Jimmy Page Signature Les Paul 'Number One' (2004-2007)
Gibson Jimmy Page Signature Les Paul 'Number One' (2004-2007)
Gibson Jimmy Page Signature Les Paul 'Number One' (2004-2007)
Gibson Jimmy Page Signature Les Paul 'Number One' (2004-2007)
Gibson Jimmy Page Signature Les Paul 'Number One' (2004-2007)
Gibson Jimmy Page Signature Les Paul 'Number One' (2004-2007)
Gibson Jimmy Page Signature Les Paul 'Number One' (2004-2007)
Gibson Jimmy Page Signature Les Paul 'Number One' (2004-2007)
Gibson Jimmy Page Signature Les Paul 'Number One' (2004-2007)
Photo by MikeSlub
Gibson Jimmy Page Signature Les Paul 'Number One' (2004-2007)
Gibson Jimmy Page Signature Les Paul 'Number One' (2004-2007)
Gibson Jimmy Page Signature Les Paul 'Number One' (2004-2007)
Gibson Jimmy Page Signature Les Paul 'Number One' (2004-2007)
Gibson Jimmy Page Signature Les Paul 'Number One' (2004-2007)
Photo by MikeSlub
Gibson Jimmy Page Signature Les Paul 'Number One' (2004-2007)
Gibson Jimmy Page Signature Les Paul 'Number One' (2004-2007)
Jimmy Page custom BurstBucker, Photo by Takeaway
Gibson Jimmy Page Signature Les Paul 'Number One' (2004-2007)
Certificate of Authenticity, Photo by MikeSlub
Gibson Jimmy Page Signature Les Paul 'Number One' (2004-2007)
Gibson Jimmy Page Signature Les Paul 'Number One' (2004-2007)
Gibson Jimmy Page Signature Les Paul 'Number One' (2004-2007)
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