#1
So i am looking into telecasters, custom shop or USA, and I was wondering which models I should be looking at for that early Led Zeppelin (Jimmy Page) tone. Thanks!
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#2
He played a tele, just get a telecaster YOU like and you're close enough, you can't want to sound that much like jimmy page, and play it through a small watt tube amp.
#3
Quote by askrere
He played a tele, just get a telecaster YOU like and you're close enough, you can't want to sound that much like jimmy page, and play it through a small watt tube amp.


jimmy had different pickups in his tele so finding out what those were would be important to getting the sound
#5
Quote by WholeLottaIzzy
Correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe he actually played an Esquire.



The BBC sessions tele assuredly has a neck pickup. Could be something custom, though, who knows? At any rate, just about any tele will get the job done. Just go with the one that feels right in your hands.
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#6
Quote by WholeLottaIzzy
Correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe he actually played an Esquire.

You're thinking of Jeff Beck, Page played a regular (albeit, modified) Telecaster.
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#7
Quote by WholeLottaIzzy
Correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe he actually played an Esquire.

I'd have to back up this statement, to a point. Page used an esquire earlier and then started using a Tele a little latter on. The biggest diffrence is the neck pickup other than that it's up to you.
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#8
Quote by Robbgnarly
I'd have to back up this statement, to a point. Page used an esquire earlier and then started using a Tele a little latter on. The biggest diffrence is the neck pickup other than that it's up to you.


this is it and what i've read somewhere is that he used the telecaster with the '51 design i think it was.
when you select what normally is the neck position it instead switches to the neck position with the tone completely rolled off.
#9
alright. I'll just go around the store and try a bunch. I am yet to find one that feels perfect in my hands though!
Guitars:
Gibson SG Standard with Bigsby
Gibson Custom ES-137
Gibson Custom 54' Les Paul VOS Goldtop
Gretsch G6129T Silver Jet
1968 Harmony Rocket H75


Amps:
Fender Hot Rod Deluxe (modded)
1970 Fender Twin Reverb (blackfaced)

#10
Quote by WholeLottaIzzy
Correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe he actually played an Esquire.


actually the esquire was modded to have 2 pickups later but is the same guitar he had . if you check pix and vid from the early zep days you'll see that the neck pup isn't a stock tele pup but looks like it may be a strat pup instead. i believe other mods were done to it as well.
#11
Quote by monwobobbo
i believe other mods were done to it as well.


The most important one, though, is setting the height on the bridge pickup really low. Page lowered his bridge pickup to get a darker, fatter tone. I don't think he actually used the neck pickup much.
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#12
what you really need is a new amp
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#14
Quote by OliOsbourne
what you really need is a new amp


been done before... but i hope you aren't being serious... anyway's, i ended up getting a Gretsch today, but I've gotten so much new gear in the past 6 months i was thinking about doing a New Gear 6 months in a week or two.
Guitars:
Gibson SG Standard with Bigsby
Gibson Custom ES-137
Gibson Custom 54' Les Paul VOS Goldtop
Gretsch G6129T Silver Jet
1968 Harmony Rocket H75


Amps:
Fender Hot Rod Deluxe (modded)
1970 Fender Twin Reverb (blackfaced)

#15
For Jimmy Page, you don't go fender.
You go gibson!
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#16
Quote by Nimbus456
For Jimmy Page, you don't go fender.
You go gibson!

He's used both quite a lot actually. Early days as said, it was all a Fender Telecaster/ modded Esquire. He's even used strats a bit too.
#17
A lot of guitarists use different guitars when recording, slash has used a strat on one of the velvet revolver songs iirc.

But yeah, early led zeppeliin was mainly a telecaster, look for an old dazed and confused live performance and thats what page plays. Dont know what pickups he uses, but would be worth looking an what amp he is also using if your really wanting to get something close. He did use marshall super leads, orange AD30, and im sure plenty more.
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#18
Quote by Snapple
A lot of guitarists use different guitars when recording, slash has used a strat on one of the velvet revolver songs iirc.

But yeah, early led zeppeliin was mainly a telecaster, look for an old dazed and confused live performance and thats what page plays. Dont know what pickups he uses, but would be worth looking an what amp he is also using if your really wanting to get something close. He did use marshall super leads, orange AD30, and im sure plenty more.


...or he uses very american voiced Supro Thunderbolts... cranked to the heavens! (for recording) anyway. I can get really good Page tones out of my les paul w/P90's. I want a thunderbolt so badly, just can't find a cheap one!
Guitars:
Gibson SG Standard with Bigsby
Gibson Custom ES-137
Gibson Custom 54' Les Paul VOS Goldtop
Gretsch G6129T Silver Jet
1968 Harmony Rocket H75


Amps:
Fender Hot Rod Deluxe (modded)
1970 Fender Twin Reverb (blackfaced)

#19
Quote by kracdown
been done before... but i hope you aren't being serious... anyway's, i ended up getting a Gretsch today, but I've gotten so much new gear in the past 6 months i was thinking about doing a New Gear 6 months in a week or two.

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#20
Quote by Snapple
A lot of guitarists use different guitars when recording, slash has used a strat on one of the velvet revolver songs iirc.


I believe Sucker Train Blues from the Contraband album was recorded using 'Strats and Teles'.

I can't remember who but some famous guitarist said that when you're in a studio you can (within reason) make any guitar sound like whatever you want. Don't underestimate the power of studio jiggery pokery.

TS - from purely a guitar POV any 'normal' Tele you like will do the trick.