Jimmy Page

Jimmy Page (born James Patrick Page; 9 January 1944) English musician, born in Heston, London, England, UK. Married: Patricia Ecker, December 1986 (1 child).

Session musician, producer, a member of the Yardbirds, Led Zeppelin, and the Firm, Page was the only son of James Patrick Page, snr. and Patricia Elizabeth Gaffikin, Page was raised in Epsom, Surrey. James senior was an industrial personnel officer, and Patricia was a doctor's secretary. Jimmy Page was in a long-term relationship with French-born model Charlotte Martin, with whom he had a daughter Scarlet Lilith Eleida (born 1971). He was married to American model Patricia Ecker between 1986 and 1995, and had a son, James Patrick junior (born 1988). He has three more children, Jana, Zofia, and Ashen, by Brazilian partner Jimena Gomez-Paratcha.

Page has been described as 'unquestionably one of the all-time most influential, important, and versatile guitarists and songwriters in rock history'. In 2003, Mojo magazine ranked Page number seven in its list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time. He has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice, as a member of the Yardbirds (1992) and as a member of Led Zeppelin (1995).

Life and career

Early years

Page was born in the west London suburb of Heston, which today forms part of the London Borough of Hounslow. His father James Patrick Page, snr., was an industrial personnel manager and his mother Patricia Elizabeth Page (née Gaffikin), was a doctor's secretary. In 1952 they moved to Miles Road, Epsom. Jimmy Page first picked up the guitar when he was 12 years old and although he took a few lessons in nearby Kingston upon Thames, was largely self-taught. Among his early influences were rockabilly guitarists Scotty Moore and James Burton, who both played on recordings made by Elvis Presley. The Presley song 'Baby Let's Play House' was an early favourite on one of his first electric guitars, a second hand 1959 Futurama Grazioso. Page's musical tastes included skiffle, acoustic folk playing, and the sounds of the blues. Page was also a member of the St Barnabas Church boys choir and youth club in Epsom, Surrey. At the age of 14, Page appeared on Huw Wheldon's All Your Own talent quest programme in a skiffle trio, a popular English music genre of the time. One performance was televised. Page said in an interview with Guitar Player magazine, 'There was a lot of busking in the early days, but as I say, I had to come to grips with it, and it was a good schooling.'

Page would take a guitar to school each day and have it confiscated and handed back to him at 4.00 p.m. He was interested in science and had an interview for a position as a laboratory assistant, but he chose to leave school to pursue music instead and after brief stints backing Beat poet Royston Ellis and singer Red E. Lewis, Page was asked by singer Neil Christian to join his band the Crusaders. Page toured with Christian for approximately two years and later played on several of his records, including the November 1962 single, 'The Road to Love'.

During his stint with Christian, Page fell seriously ill with glandular fever and couldn't continue touring. While recovering, Page decided to put his musical career on the shelf and concentrate on his other love, painting. He enrolled at Sutton Art College in Surrey. As he explained in an interview in 1975: '[I was] travelling around all the time in a bus. I did that for two years after I left school, to the point where I was starting to get really good bread. But I was getting ill. So I went back to art college. And that was a total change in direction. That's why I say it's possible to do. As dedicated as I was to playing the guitar, I knew doing it that way was doing me in forever. Every two months I had glandular fever. So for the next 18 months I was living on ten dollars a week and getting my strength up. But I was still playing.'

Session musician

While still a student, Page would often jam on stage at the Marquee club with bands such as Cyril Davies' All Stars, Alexis Korner's Blues Incorporated and with guitarists Jeff Beck and Eric Clapton. He was spotted one night by John Gibb of the Silhouettes, who asked him to help record a number of singles for EMI Records, including 'The Worrying Kind'. It wasn't until an offer from Mike Leander of Decca Records that Page was to receive regular studio work. His first session for the label was the recording 'Diamonds' by Jet Harris and Tony Meehan which went to number 1 on the singles chart in early 1963.

After brief stints with Carter-Lewis and the Southerners, Mike Hurst's group, and Mickey Finn and the Blue Men, Page committed himself to full-time session work. As a session guitarist he was known as 'Little Jim' so there was no confusion with Big Jim Sullivan. Page was the favoured session guitarist of producer Shel Talmy, and therefore he ended up first choice guitarist for doing session work on songs for the Who and the Kinks as a direct result of the Talmy connection.

Page's studio output in 1964 included Marianne Faithfull's 'As Tears Go By', the Nashville Teens' 'Tobacco Road', the Rolling Stones' 'Heart of Stone' (released on Metamorphosis), Them's 'Baby, Please Don't Go' and 'Here Comes the Night', Dave Berry's 'The Crying Game' and 'My Baby Left Me', Lulu and the Luvvers' 'Shout', and Brenda Lee's 'Is It True'. Under the auspices of producer Talmy, Page contributed to the Kinks' 1964 debut album and he sat in on the sessions for the Who's first single 'I Can't Explain' (Page also played lead guitar on the B-side 'Bald Headed Woman'), Tom Jones's 'It's Not Unusual', and Donovan's Hurdy Gurdy Man album with John Paul Jones.

It is estimated that between 1963-1965, Page played on 60% of the releases which reached the UK Top 10 singles chart. In 1965, Page was hired by Rolling Stones manager Andrew Loog Oldham to act as house producer and A&R man for the newly-formed Immediate Records label, which also allowed him to play on and/or produce tracks by John Mayall, Nico, Chris Farlowe, Twice as Much and Eric Clapton. Page also formed a brief songwriting partnership with then romantic interest, Jackie DeShannon. Page then recorded his first solo single in which he plays all instruments, with the exception of drums, called 'She Just Satisfies' in 1965. The B-side was 'Keep Moving'. He worked as session musician on the Al Stewart album Love Chronicles in 1969, and played guitar on five tracks of Joe Cocker's debut album, With a Little Help from My Friends.

Although Page recorded with many notable musicians, many of these early tracks are only available through bootlegged copies, several of which were released by the Led Zeppelin fan club in the late 1970s. The records released by the fan club include many otherwise unreleased live Led Zeppelin recordings. One of the rarest of these is the early jam session featuring Jimmy Page playing with Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards, featuring a blues cover of 'Little Queen of Spades'.

Page has stated that his time as a session player served as extremely good schooling for his development as a musician: 'My session work was invaluable. At one point I was playing at least three sessions a day, six days a week! And I rarely ever knew in advance what I was going to be playing. But I learned things even on my worst sessions -- and believe me, I played on some horrendous things. I finally called it quits after I started getting calls to do Muzak. I decided I couldn't live that life anymore; it was getting too silly. I guess it was destiny that a week after I quit doing sessions Paul Samwell-Smith left the Yardbirds, and I was able to take his place. But being a session musician was good fun in the beginning -- the studio discipline was great. They'd just count the song off, and you couldn't make any mistakes.'

The Yardbirds

In late 1964 Page was approached about the possibility of replacing Eric Clapton in the Yardbirds, but he declined the offer out of loyalty to his friend. In February 1965 Clapton quit the Yardbirds, and Page was formally offered Clapton's position, but because he was unwilling to give up his lucrative career as a session musician, and because he was still worried about his health under touring conditions, he suggested his friend, Jeff Beck, fill the position. On 16 May 1966, drummer Keith Moon, bass player John Paul Jones, keyboardist Nicky Hopkins, Jeff Beck and Page recorded 'Beck's Bolero' in London's IBC Studios. The experience gave Page an idea to form a new supergroup featuring Beck, along with the Who's John Entwistle on bass and Keith Moon on drums. However, the lack of a quality vocalist and contractual problems prevented the project from getting off the ground. During this time Entwistle suggested the name 'Lead Zeppelin' for the first time, after Moon commented that the proceedings would take to the air like a lead balloon.

Within weeks, Page was again offered a role in the Yardbirds and at first played bass guitar with the group after the departure of Paul Samwell-Smith, before finally switching to twin lead guitar with Beck, while tutoring Chris Dreja into becoming the Yardbirds regular bassist. Page also appeared in the David Hemmings/Vanessa Redgrave film, Blow-Up, when the Yardbirds were asked to appear. Jeff Beck battered his guitar amplifier, and a young Page is seen looking on, grinning. The musical potential of the groups line-up however was scuttled by Beck's personal problems caused by constant touring and a lack of commercial success, although they released one single, 'Happenings Ten Years Time Ago'. (While Page and Jeff Beck played together in the Yardbirds, the trio of Page, Jeff Beck and Eric Clapton never played in the original group all at the same time. The three guitarists did appear on stage together at the ARMS charity concerts in 1983.)

After Beck's departure, the Yardbirds remained a quartet, with Page becoming the dominant figure in the group. They recorded one album with Page on lead guitar, Little Games. The album received indifferent reviews and was not a commercial success, peaking at only number 80 on the Billboard Music Charts. Though their studio sound was fairly commercial at the time, the band's live performances were in total contrast with this, becoming heavier and more experimental.

Despite the departure of Keith Relf and Jim McCarty in 1968, Page wished to continue the group with a new line-up to fulfil unfinished tour dates in Scandinavia. He recruited vocalist Robert Plant and drummer John Bonham, and was contacted by John Paul Jones who asked to join, to which Page agreed. During the Led Zeppelin Scandinavian Tour 1968 the new group appeared briefly as the New Yardbirds, but soon recalled the old joke by Keith Moon and John Entwistle. Page stuck with that name to use for his new band. Manager Peter Grant changed it to 'Led Zeppelin', to avoid a mispronunciation of Leed Zeppelin.

Led Zeppelin

Page has explained that he had a very specific idea in mind as to what he wanted Led Zeppelin to be, right from the very beginning: 'I had a lot of ideas from my days with the Yardbirds. The Yardbirds allowed me to improvise a lot in live performance and I started building a textbook of ideas that I eventually used in Zeppelin. In addition to those ideas, I wanted to add acoustic textures. Ultimately, I wanted Zeppelin to be a marriage of blues, hard rock and acoustic music topped with heavy choruses -- a combination that had never been done before. Lots of light and shade in the music.'

Influence

Page's past experiences both in the studio and with the Yardbirds were very influential in contributing to the success of Led Zeppelin in the 1970s. As a record producer, composer, and guitarist he helped make Led Zeppelin a prototype for many future rock bands, and was one of the major driving forces behind the rock sound of that era, influencing a host of other guitarists. For example, his sped up, guitar solo from the song 'Heartbreaker' has been credited by Eddie Van Halen as the inspiration for his two-hand tapping technique after he saw Led Zeppelin perform in 1971. Page's solo in the famous epic 'Stairway to Heaven' has been voted by readers of various guitar magazines, including Guitar World and Total Guitar, as the greatest guitar solo of all time, and he was named 'Guitarist of the Year' five years straight during the 1970s by Creem magazine.

Effects

For the recording of most of Led Zeppelin material from Led Zeppelin's Led Zeppelin II onwards, Page used a Gibson Les Paul guitar with Marshall amplification. During the studio sessions for Led Zeppelin and later for recording the guitar solo in 'Stairway to Heaven', he also used a Fender Telecaster. He usually recorded in studio with Vox, Fender, and Orange amplification. His use of the Sola Sound Tone Bender Professional MKII fuzzbox ('How Many More Times'), slide guitar ('You Shook Me', 'Dancing Days', 'In My Time of Dying', 'What Is and What Should Never Be'), pedal steel guitar ('Your Time Is Gonna Come', 'Babe I'm Gonna Leave You', 'Tangerine', 'That's the Way' and for effect at the very end of 'Over the Hills and Far Away'), and acoustic guitar ('Gallows Pole', 'Ramble On') also demonstrated his versatility and creativity as a composer.

Page is famous for playing his guitar with a violin bow, as on the songs 'Dazed and Confused' and 'How Many More Times'. This was a technique he developed during his session days that he obtained from the idea of playing the guitar with a bow from David McCallum, Sr. who was also a session musician. Page used his Fender Telecaster and later his Gibson Les Paul for his bow solos.

On a number of Led Zeppelin songs Page experimented with feedback devices and a theremin. He used a Wah-wah pedal but not always in the traditional way of rocking it back and forth as done by Jimi Hendrix and other contemporaries; instead, he put it fully forward in the treble position to get a sharper tone.

Music production techniques

Page is credited for the innovations in sound recording he brought to the studio during the years he was a member of Led Zeppelin. During the late 1960s, most British music producers placed microphones directly in front of amplifiers and drums, resulting in the sometimes 'tinny' sound of the recordings of the era. Page commented to Guitar World magazine that he felt the drum sounds of the day in particular 'sounded like cardboard boxes.' Instead, Page was a fan of 1950s recording techniques; Sun Studios being a particular favourite. In the same Guitar World interview, Page remarked, 'Recording used to be a science,' and '[engineers] used to have a maxim: distance equals depth.' Taking this maxim to heart, Page developed the idea of placing an additional microphone some distance from the amplifier (as much as twenty feet) and then recording the balance between the two. By adopting this technique, Page became one of the first British producers to record a band's 'ambient sound' - the distance of a note's time-lag from one end of the room to the other.

For the recording of several Led Zeppelin tracks, such as 'Whole Lotta Love' and 'You Shook Me', Page additionally utilized 'reverse echo' - a technique which he claims to have invented himself while with the Yardbirds (he had originally developed the method when recording the 1967 single 'Ten Little Indians'). This production technique involved hearing the echo before the main sound instead of after it, achieved by turning the tape over and employing the echo on a spare track, then turning the tape back over again to get the echo preceding the signal.

Page has stated that, as producer, he deliberately changed the audio engineers on Led Zeppelin albums, from Glyn Johns for the first album, to Eddie Kramer for Led Zeppelin II, to Andy Johns for Led Zeppelin III and later albums. He explained that 'I consciously kept changing engineers because I didn't want people to think that they were responsible for our sound. I wanted people to know it was me.'

In an interview he gave to Guitar World magazine in 1993, Page remarked on his work as a producer: 'Many people think of me as just a riff guitarist, but I think of myself in broader terms... [A]s a producer I would like to be remembered as someone who was able to sustain a band of unquestionable individual talent, and push it to the forefront during its working career. I think I really captured the best of our output, growth, change and maturity on tape -- the multifaceted gem that is Led Zeppelin.'

Post-Led Zeppelin career

Led Zeppelin disbanded in 1980 following the accidental death of drummer John Bonham at Page's residence, the Old Mill House at Clewer, Windsor, Berkshire. Since 1980, he has jammed extensively, with (among others) Jeff Beck, Yes, Foreigner, Bon Jovi, Aerosmith, Poison, Eric Clapton, Ian Stewart, Roy Harper, Alexis Korner, Robert Plant, the Beach Boys, Jaco Pastorius, Solid Ground, Mason Ruffner, and even Harry Connick, Jr. Page made a successful return to the stage at a Jeff Beck show in March 1981 at the Hammersmith Odeon. In 1981, Page attempted to form a proposed supergroup with ex-Yes members to be called XYZ (ex-Yes Zeppelin), however despite some promising demo recordings it was abandoned within 3 months. In addition, he also collaborated with director Michael Winner to record the soundtrack for Death Wish II and subsequently Death Wish 3, released in 1982 and 1985 respectively. Several of these albums Page recorded and produced at his own recording studio, the Sol in Cookham, which he had purchased from Gus Dudgeon in the early 1980s.

Page appeared with the ARMS (Action Research for Multiple Sclerosis) charity concerts in 1983 which honoured Small Faces bass player Ronnie Lane, who suffered from the disease. He participated in the American ARMS tour with Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Steve Winwood, Bill Wyman, Charlie Watts, Kenny Jones, Simon Phillips, and other British rock stars. A 1984 video of a London ARMS concert was released featuring two songs from Page's work on the Death Wish II soundtrack, with Steve Winwood on vocals, and an on stage jam of 'Layla' reunited Page with Yardbirds guitarists Jeff Beck and Eric Clapton. The Madison Square Garden show featured vocals by future the Firm vocalist Paul Rodgers. A number of tracks performed on this tour such as 'Bird on a Wing' later evolved into 'Midnight Moonlight' when the Firm was launched. He also appeared on albums by Willie and the Poor Boys, and Stephen Stills.

Page next linked up with Roy Harper for an album (Whatever Happened to Jugula?) and occasional concerts, performing a predominantly acoustic set at folk festivals under various guises such as the MacGregors, and Themselves. In 1984, Page recorded with former Zeppelin vocalist, Robert Plant as the Honeydrippers, and with John Paul Jones on the film soundtrack Scream for Help. He also teamed up with Paul Rodgers of Bad Company and Free fame, Tony Franklin from Roy Harper's band (and later Blue Murder) and Chris Slade of Manfred Mann (and later AC/DC), to record two albums under the name the Firm. The first album was the eponymous debut the Firm, followed by Mean Business in 1986. Popular songs included the commercially successful 'Radioactive', and 'Closer', which employs a horn section to subtle effect. The cover version of 'You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling' featured vocals by Paul Rodgers but was never released as a single. The album peaked at number 17 on the Billboard Pop Albums chart.

The surviving members of Led Zeppelin re-formed in 1985 for the Live Aid concert with both Phil Collins and Tony Thompson filling drum duties. However, the band considered their performance to be not up to standard with Page going on stage with a de-tuned Les Paul due to a set of new strings not played in. They were one of the few Live Aid acts to refuse permission for their segment to be included in the 20th anniversary DVD release of the concert. In 1986, Page reunited temporarily with his Yardbirds bandmates to play on several tracks of the Box of Frogs album Strange Land. The band also re-formed for the Atlantic Records 40th Anniversary‎ show on 14 May, 1988. Page, Plant and Jones, as well as John Bonham's son Jason Bonham closed the 12-hour show. The band have also played together at various private family functions. Various other projects soon followed such as session work for Graham Nash, and the Rolling Stones (on their 1986 single 'One Hit (to the Body)'). He guested on two tracks from Plant's Now and Zen album, 'Heaven Knows' and 'Tall Cool One'. Page released a solo album entitled Outrider with Jason Bonham on drums and featuring Plant's vocals on one track 'The Only One'.

In 1990, a Knebworth concert to aid the Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Centre and the British School for Performing Arts and Technology saw Plant unexpectedly joined by Page to perform 'Misty Mountain Hop', 'Wearing and Tearing' and 'Rock and Roll'. A collaboration with David Coverdale (of Whitesnake) in Coverdale & Page soon followed. In 1994, Page reunited with Plant for the penultimate performance in MTV's Unplugged series. The 90-minute special, dubbed Unledded, premiered to the highest ratings in MTV's history. In October of the same year, the session was released as the CD and Video No Quarter: Jimmy Page and Robert Plant Unledded, and in 2004 as the DVD No Quarter Unledded. Following a highly successful mid-90s tour to support No Quarter, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant recorded 1998's Walking into Clarksdale.

Since 1990, Page has been heavily involved in remastering the entire Led Zeppelin back catalogue and is currently participating in various charity concerts and charity work, particularly the Action for Brazil's Children Trust (ABC Trust), founded by his now ex-wife Jimena Gomez-Paratcha in 1998. In the same year, Page played guitar for singer/producer Puff Daddy's song 'Come with Me', which heavily samples Led Zeppelin's 'Kashmir' and was included in the soundtrack of Godzilla. The two later performed the song on Saturday Night Live. A live album Live at the Greek and tour with the Black Crowes followed in 1999.

In 2001 he made an appearance on stage with Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst and Wes Scantlin of Puddle of Mudd at the MTV Europe Video Music Awards in Frankfurt, where they performed a version of Led Zeppelin's 'Thank You'.

In 2005, Page was awarded the Order of the British Empire in recognition of his Brazilian charity work at Task Brazil, made an honorary citizen of Rio de Janeiro later that year, and was awarded a Grammy award.

In November 2006, Led Zeppelin were inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame. The television broadcasting of the event consisted of an introduction to the band by various famous admirers, a presentation of an award to Jimmy Page and then a short speech by the guitarist. After this, rock group Wolfmother played a tribute to Led Zeppelin, playing the song 'Communication Breakdown'.

In 2006, Page attended the induction of Led Zeppelin to the UK Music Hall of Fame. During an interview for the BBC for said event, he expressed plans to record new material in 2008, saying 'It's an album that I really need to get out of my system... there's a good album in there and it's ready to come out' and 'Also there will be some Zeppelin things on the horizon'.

On 20 June 2008, Page was awarded an honorary doctorate at the University of Surrey. In July 2008, Page was invited to attend the closing ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, to perform at the hand-over of the event to the impending 2012 London Olympic organizers on 24 August 2008. Page appeared in the film It Might Get Loud in 2009, and hinted in a August 2009 Billboard magazine interview that he is currently working on a new solo album.

Page was inducted into the Mojo Hall of Fame on 10 June 2010, for his groundbreaking contributions to modern music. He is currently signed with management company iE Music Ltd. Page published a photographic autobiography of his career on 27 September 2010, entitled Jimmy Page, and attended the 2010 Classic Rock Roll of Honour, at the Roundhouse, London, on 10 November 2010. Page was also received the Brighton Music Hall of Fame Award on 16 November 2010, at the Brighton Centre, with Roger Daltrey in attendance.

Page officially launched his own website on 15 July 2011. To mark the occassion, Page performed with Donovan as well as the Black Crowes.

Personal life

Page's daughter, Scarlet Lilith Eleida Page (born April 1971), is a photographer. Her mother, Charlotte Martin, was a French model and made a cameo appearance with Scarlet in the 1976 film The Song Remains the Same.

From 1986 to 1995 Page was married to Patricia Ecker, a model and waitress. They have a son, James Patrick Page (III, born April 1988) who lived in New Orleans, studied in Florida, but has since relocated to London. He is a film director. Jimmy Page then married Brazilian Jimena Gomez-Paratcha. They had three children named Jana (born 1995), Zofia Jade (born June 1997), and Ashen Josan (born January 1999). Page's younger cousin, Rick Page, is a classical pianist in New York.

In 1972 Page bought, from Richard Harris, the home which architect William Burges designed for himself in London, the Tower House. 'I had an interest going back to my teens in the pre-Raphaelite movement and the architecture of Burges,' he said. 'What a wonderful world to discover.' The reputation of William Burges (1827-1881) rests on his extravagant designs and his contribution to the Gothic revival in architecture in the nineteenth century.

From the mid 1970s to 2004 Page owned 'The Mill House', Mill Lane, Windsor, Berkshire - formerly the home of actor Michael Caine. Fellow Led Zeppelin band member John Bonham accidentally died at the house in 1980.

From the early 1970s to well into the 1980s, Jimmy Page owned Boleskine House. Sections of Page's fantasy sequence in the film The Song Remains the Same were filmed at night on the mountain side directly behind the building

Equipment

Electric guitars

  • 1959 Fender Telecaster (given to Page by Jeff Beck and repainted with a psychedelic Dragon on it by Page. Played with the Yardbirds, on Led Zeppelin, the early tours (68-69)
  • 1958 Gibson Les Paul Standard (No. 1)
  • 1959 Gibson Les Paul Standard (No. 2) Given to him by Joe Walsh
  • 1959 Danelectro 3021 AKA 59-DC (tuned to DADGAD tuning and used live for 'White Summer', 'Black Mountain Side', 'Kashmir' and 'Midnight Moonlight' with The Firm.)
  • Another Danelectro 59-DC, tuned to open G or A tuning for slide and used live for 'In My Time of Dying'.
  • 1967 Vox Twelve string guitar
  • 1960 Black Gibson Les Paul Custom(with Bigsby Tremolo) - stolen in 1970
  • Rickenbacker 12 String
  • 1971 Gibson EDS-1275 (used for playing 'Stairway to Heaven' (live), 'The Rain Song', 'The Song Remains the Same' and on some occasions, 'Tangerine' live)
  • 1973 Gibson Les Paul Standard (seen in 'The Song Remains the Same' during the theremin/solo section of 'Whole Lotta Love'. This guitar was later fitted with a Parsons-White B-string bender and used on the Outrider tour.)
  • 1964 Lake Placid Blue Fender Stratocaster (Used during recording sessions for In Through the Out Door and 1979 at Knebworth, especially for 'In the Evening')
  • 1966 Cream Fender Telecaster (Used on Physical Graffiti)
  • 1960's Rosewood Fender Telecaster All rosewood body featuring a Parsons and White B-string bender. Seen primarily during the 1980s the Firm and Outrider era. Also used at Knebworth in 1979, notably on 'Ten Years Gone' and 'Hot Dog'.
  • 1965 Fender Electric XII (12-String)
  • 1977 Gibson RD Artist (used at Knebworth in 1979, on 'Misty Mountain Hop')
  • Gibson SG (Very seldom used, 80s tour)
  • Another Gibson doubleneck guitar was given to him after he agreed to allow the company to reproduce his original EDS-1275. The guitar was picked by Page out of numerous others after he struck one chord. Page declared 'This is it, this is the one!' The guitar was marked (beforehand) #1.
  • 2007 Gibson Black Beauty custom (remake of his original stolen in 1970, has modifications concerning pickup configurations which include a 6-way pickup selector, and coil-tap on the bridge pickup)
  • Les Paul Goldtop w/ Transperformance tuning device Used on Atlantic 40th reunion, Coverdale/Page recordings, and Page/Plant tours
  • Mid 80s Black Kramer guitar with a trem Used for Outrider
  • Paul Reed Smith (used on the Outrider tour, notably on 'City Sirens' and 'Wasting My Time')

Acoustic guitars

  • Gibson J-200
  • C.F. Martin & Company D-28
  • Gibson Everly Brothers
  • Giannini 12-String
  • Harmony Sovereign
  • Washburn Guitars 12 String
  • Ovation 1994 Double Neck

Other instruments

  • Gibson Mandolin
  • Gibson Harp Guitar
  • Roland GR-700 Guitar Synthesizer
  • Fender 10-String 800 Pedal steel guitar
  • Violin Bow
  • Theremin
  • Banjo

Solo Discography

  • Outrider (1988)
  • Coverdale-Page (1991) with David Coverdale.

Bibliography

  • Case, George (2009) Jimmy Page: Magus, Musician, Man: An Unauthorized Biography. Revised edition. Milwaukee, WI: Backbeat Books. ISBN 978-0-87930-947-3 (OCLC 244058456)
  • Clayson, Alan (2002) The Yardbirds: The Band That Launched Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page. San Francisco: Backbeat Books. ISBN 978-0-87930-724-0 (OCLC 316514648)
  • Kienzle, Richard (1985) Great Guitarists: the Most Influential Players in Jazz, Country, Blues and Rock. New York, NY: Facts on File. ISBN 978-0-8160-1029-5 (OCLC 9969319)
  • Lewis, Dave and Kendall, Paul (eds.) (2004) Led Zeppelin 'Talking': Led Zeppelin in Their Own Words. London: Omnibus Press. ISBN 978-1-84449-100-1 (OCLC 56760515)
  • Mylett, Howard (1983) Jimmy Page: Tangents Within a Framework. London: Omnibus. ISBN 978-0-7119-0265-7 (OCLC 13669380)
  • Page, Jimmy (2010) Jimmy Page. London: Genesis Publications. ISBN 978-1-15668-251-7 (OCLC 671467032)
  • Welch, Chris (1985) Power & Glory: Jimmy Page & Robert Plant. London: Zomba. ISBN 978-0-946391-74-5 (OCLC 20561523)
  • Williams, David (2009) First Time We Met the Blues: A Journey of Discovery with Jimmy Page, Brian Jones, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards. York: Music Mentor. ISBN 978-0-9547068-1-4 (OCLC 315078959)

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