Jimmy Page Les Paul Custom Pageburst review by Gibson

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  • Sound: 10
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reliability & Durability: 10
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 8
  • Features: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 9.6 Superb
  • Users' score: 9 (225 votes)
Gibson: Jimmy Page Les Paul Custom Pageburst
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Price paid: $ 8233.17

Purchased from: GAK.co.uk

Sound — 10
As I've said this guitar fits any sound but it shines in 3 main areas of rock. The first is heavy distortion for sounds like Black Sabbath and Metalica this guitar's high resinence helps get a really high sustain on loud vicious harmonics and tapping. The second is the classic rock sounds of Led Zeppelin, naturaly, but also of bands like Thin Lizzy and Deep Purple as well as the heavier classic sounds of Guns N' Roses. The third particularly special sound of this guitar is its low gain acoustic sound this works exelently with the right pedal (to Switch from acoustic to electric sounds and vice versa) to play Stairway To Heaven for example. For its price range you expect alot from this guitar and it never fails.

Overall Impression — 10
I already own 6 Les Pauls one of which is a 1962 Classic. This guitar rivals my Classic Les Paul very well in all styles that I play (just about everything for my session work). I really do depend on it as a main guitar most of the time. If it were lost or stolen I would need to buy another one simpally because there is no other guitar like it. It may be expensive but worth it every single time it is played it amazes the owner and the audience.

Reliability & Durability — 10
This guitar is a near as possible exact replica of Jimmy Page's Les Paul from 1958 (I think) and it really feels like it is built to last in every aspect. I have used it live meany times already, once never using another guitar for the whole hour and a half non-stop show. everything about this guitar is exactly as I wanted it to be and I can depend on it in every situation, session or gig.

Action, Fit & Finish — 8
I can't really find any fault with this guitar as it was ready to play with low - medium action and a fantastic set of tuner pegs (made by Grover) the finish is as beautiful as it looked during the old live Led Zeppelin DVD. The only thing I will mention again is the eliptical neck this was an un expected feature on this guitar for me. Though it does make playing eaisier if you can adjust to it but if not the it is a waste of a hell of alot of money.

Features — 10
This awesome guitar was made in 2005 in the Gibson customshop series. The uneque features of this guitar are endless, mainley because it is based on Jimmy's origonal #1 LP. This makes for some interesting features such as the eliptical 22 fret neck, this can feel strange at first however and isn't for everyones taste, I found I got used to it within a day or two. A friend however who doesn't usually play Les Pauls found it very tricky, it might be worth playing this guitar a while before you buy it. te neck is painted and varnished as with any Les Paul Standard form its design time but this does not effect the speed or sound. And the sound is very rich with this guitar the active humbuckers (Page signature also) have a huge range and a really high sustain due to the carved maple top and mahogany body. The aged rosewood fretboard also makes an eaisy playabitity for any music style. As with any other les paul you get the standars 2 tone and 2 volume dials and a three way selector, the selector is a nice feature as it is dampened so there is no clicking sound when it is moved. Also a uneque feature, the single push/pull pot which adds to the overall feel of this guitar.

72 comments sorted by best / new / date

    Shread_6009
    WOW THATS EXPENSIVE!!!! Why raise the price that much, that only means less will be sold. just because its jimi page's name on it doesnt mean u should sell it fo 10 times what it costs to make. still a kikass guitar though
    dani41129
    this one is really amazing... what a great guitar! last week i also saw the eds 1275 on ebay, the #12 of 26, it cost about 40.000$.
    RaDja
    8k? then it's not series 2-26? . I read one of the series 2-26 was sold for $ 55,000.
    Ali-b912
    i would just buy a regular LP and mod it in that style, seeing as thats what page did himself.
    HELLSHREDD
    I want this axe , but 8 GRAND , ffs ! THe only way is to rip& run i think ,LOL
    icpgettozone
    THAT THING IS BUEAITFUL!!! 6 Les Pauls. go you man. yea you need to get a violin bow if you dont already have one =] i stole my sisters and she got pissed. but ofcoarse i only have a dean =[
    Remsen
    it probably wasnt a violin bow but a cello bow because when he used to do that thing on stage it was with a cello bow.
    ledzeplive
    awsome too pricey but is a lovely guitar and respects jimmy as much as he should be.
    Ian Moss NO1
    8 grand for another guitar, with so much hunger in the world, how do you sleep at night?
    will-loves-zep
    andrew1992 wrote: buy yourself a normal gibson ,pay 50% less and get the same sound i think this model is a waste of money but well everyone decides what they do with their money i gues
    he already has 6 les pauls so why does he need to buy another cheap one?
    Kurai-sama
    Not to be anal, but it's "simply", not "simpally". If you're a D&D fan, Sim Pally stands out. o.O Simulation of the life of a paladin! XD
    mattgab1
    BrotherThump wrote: its called a compound radius neck dumbass
    Be that as it may (although that is the first time that I have heard that), Gibson themselves refer to it as elliptical. A quotation from their website describes it as the "Jimmy Page custom elliptical profile". You may see it for yourself at this URL: http://www.gibsoncustom.com/flash/produc... mmyPage.html It seems that insulting this individual for using a term that the designers of this guitar also use is, indeed, a bit misguided.
    mattgab1
    Kurai-sama wrote: Not to be anal, but it's "simply", not "simpally".
    Not to be observant, but this reviewer made several more spelling errors than that. Although, this is probably the only one that could reasonably invoke a reference to D&D, I grant you.
    Kim-Petersen
    8000 is crazy to pay for a guitar that looks like Pages own in Denmark (Denmark is in Europe and it is much more expensive to buy stuff) you can get a Gibson Les Paul Studio a guitar that actually is a Gibson for just 4995 Danish Crown its just about 1019 USD so 8000 USD for a Les Paul then you're crazy or own stocks in Microsoft. But though i envy you. Have fun with your LP's
    slash_fan56
    hes lyin nobody has 6 les pauls... you have to have superpowers like slash to posess that much power
    VaN HaLeN555
    mysteryguitar wrote: Hes jokin....o maybe not, ah! oh well. All i really care about is how im gonna get me one of those Custom JIMMY PAGE!!!!! les paul's. maybe if i save up, ill be able to afford one in 5 years
    better hope they arent gone by then
    mike_ssbj
    Love this guitar so much, but i wish jimmy page were left handed, then i could be a part of this conversation as well. P.S. im looking for a good blues- heavy type guitar for left handers, can anyone please help??
    stratman_13
    BrotherThump wrote: its called a compound radius neck dumbass
    Ay, ye be correct. Also, Slash sucks, and is overall a very boring guitar player. Yeah, it's cool for about 5 seconds. I wonder when the fad of being stuck up under Slash is going to end? Maybe one day it'll turn into everyone wanting to be a fan of Holdsworth because it's the cool thing to do.. On topic. Good review.
    Slap-happy
    slash_fan56 wrote: hes lyin nobody has 6 les pauls... you have to have superpowers like slash to posess that much power
    Why? I know people with more valuable guitars in greater quantities. I own eight guitars myself - not all Les Pauls, but hardly budget models by any stretch.
    amason51
    Ian Moss NO1 wrote: 8 grand for another guitar, with so much hunger in the world, how do you sleep at night?
    HE PROBABLY SLEEPS HAPY AS HELL BECAUSE HE GOT SEVEN FUCKIN SWEET LES PAULS
    cjag
    I bought a 1997 Jimmy Page Signature Les Paul a few years ago. Does anyone know what guage strings these came from the Gibson factory with? 9's or 10's?? Thanks
    FantomLord
    Ian Moss NO1 wrote: 8 grand for another guitar, with so much hunger in the world, how do you sleep at night?
    I'm guessing he sleeps quite comfortably with his 7 Les Pauls beside him.
    Matt_allicaDime
    OMG i am sooooo fkn jealous i mean i am a HUGE led zep fan and i would do anything for that guitar
    evhdawg999
    andrew1992 : buy yourself a normal gibson ,pay 50% less and get the same sound i think this model is a waste of money but well everyone decides what they do with their money i gues POSTED: 06/30/2007 - 12:40 pm / quote |
    ya, he buddy, this guy has six other les pauls, do you think that he really doesn't have the money for any other one he wants? plus what the hell, its jimmy page. he's the man
    andrew1992
    buy yourself a normal gibson ,pay 50% less and get the same sound i think this model is a waste of money but well everyone decides what they do with their money i gues
    the spiker
    If the price ever went down to 500USD i'd buy it. Other than that it's way to expensive.
    Kain_Doom01
    You son of a bitch! That's not fair, That guitar is the most amazing thing I ever touched x.x I envy that you OWN one x.x Good review, but damnit you're so lucky to have one x.x
    GNR'n'A7X
    Gibson is totally fu*ked up. I love their guitars, though... I mean, I got a Les Paul standard 60's neck light-burst flametop and it's fu*kin' amazing. Looks beautiful and sounds like fu*kin' heaven. However... I got this $2,000 guitar for $1,200 (the only reason I got it). I mean, Gibson's guitars are fu*kin' great but are priced so damn high. Like the Page model, who the fu*k can afford this? For someone looking for an amazing guitar with a great price check out Schecter (the C-1 Hellraiser FR is a dream and it's only $800 new).
    lespaulvintage
    Thank you for this great review,this made me decide to buy one i had reserved a few days ago overhere in a store in the Netherlands,great another one in my collection ( the 7 th les paul) Regards Gibsonmaniac