Jimmy Page

It is this doubleneck model that would rewrite rock and roll history in the hands of Jimmy Page, who first used the SG doubleneck to deliver the intricate studio arrangements of the Led Zeppelin classic “Stairway to Heaven” in a live setting. During live performances of this epic song, Page would alternate from the bottom 6-string for the delicate fingerpicking of the song’s intro, verses and legendary solo, to the ringing 12-string for the song’s era-defining bridge and final chorus. So the SG doubleneck obviated the need to switch guitars mid-song. Page also used the instrument for other Zeppelin classics, such as “The Song Remains The Same” and “The Rain Song.” And while Page remains as the artist most closely associated with this model, over the years a host of other legendary guitarists have incorporated the SG doubleneck into their own cache of guitars under the Page’s such that influence, including Alex Lifeson of Rush, and Eddie Van Halen also has one in his collection.

Nothing says iconic for electric guitar players like a good old fashioned doubleneck and Page is perhaps the first rock guitarist to really put them on the map. His first SG doubleneck was custom made for him in 1971 (they were only made to order at the time) with a 12-string top neck and a 6-string bottom neck. This guitar was debuted on March 15, 1971 at Ulster Hall in Belfast for Stairway to Heaven. Since three different guitars were used on the recording for Stairway, the SG doubleneck was the perfect instrument for playing the song live without Page having to switch guitars mid-song. This guitar has also been used on The Song Remains the Same, The Rain Song, Tangerine, and Celebration Day. Aside from one pickup cover that was removed in 1971, this guitar has remained stock since day one. All in all, no other rock guitarist is so associated with the electric SG doubleneck as Jimmy Page.

Something to note about the Page version of this guitar. Even from a distance, it's very easy to spot a Page SG doubleneck from a non-Page SG doubleneck. Page's SG doubleneck has a slightly different body shape from the current model. Page's also has one-piece mahogany necks rather than the current custom shop three-piece maple, and has tailpieces positioned near the bottom of the body, reportedly increasing sustain. Moreover, it looks more deep in color


Jimmy Page, a guitarist for the band Led Zeppelin and, prior to that, a member of The Yardbirds. Page began his career as a studio session musician in London and by the mid-1960s, had become the most sought-after session guitarist in the UK. He was a member of The Yardbirds from 1966 to 1968. He achieved worldwide fame as the lead guitarist, record producer and founder of the English rock band Led Zeppelin beginning in late 1968. Led Zeppelin was considered one of the most successful, innovative and influential rock groups in history. The band was active from 1968-1980, breaking up due to the death of drummer John Bonham. The band released 9 albums; Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin II, Led Zeppelin III, Led Zeppelin IV, Houses of the Holy, Physical Graffiti, Presences, In Through the Out Door, and Coda. Page was the producer of every Led Zeppelin album. 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 producer, composer, and guitarist he helped make Led Zeppelin a prototype for countless future rock bands and was one of the major driving forces behind the rock sound of that era, influencing a host of other guitarists.

Page is often thought of as a quintessential rock guitar hero, being in the same class of talent as peers such as Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, and the late Jimi Hendrix. Page and Beck, who grew up near each other in England and both spent time as guitarists for The Yardbirds, were among the first guitarists to help popularize the use of electronic feedback and distortion with the Roger Mayer fuzzbox.

Jimmy Page is renowned for two reasons:
• He plays guitars with violin (or cello) bows (no one really cares).
• He once played a guitar solo so heavy that his guitar created a black hole in front of the stage and sucked the rest of the universe into it. This superheavy ball exploded, which is what scientists now call the "Big Bang".

Page is also widely considered to be one of the greatest and most influential guitarists of all time. All music states that "just about every rock guitarist from the late '60s/early '70s to the present day has been influenced by Page's work with Led Zeppelin". For example, Dictators bassist Andy Shernoff states that Jimmy Page's sped up, downstroke guitar riff in "Communication Breakdown", an influential song that contained elements of protopunk, was an inspiration for The Ramonesguitarist Johnny Ramone's downstroke guitar style. Ramone, who has described Page as "probably the greatest guitarist who ever lived", stated in the documentary "Ramones:The True Story" that he improved at his down-stroke picking style by playing the song over and over again for the bulk of his early career. Brian May of Queen, who was also influenced by Page, has said "I don't think anyone has epitomized riff writing better than Jimmy Page – he's one of the great brains of rock music". Tom Scholz of Boston was heavily influenced by Jimmy Page and credits the dual guitar harmonies in Led Zeppelin's "How Many More Times" as the inspiration for Boston's distinctive sound. Page's guitar solo from the song "Heartbreaker" has been credited by Eddie Van Halen as being the inspiration for his two-hand tapping technique after he had seen Led Zeppelin perform in 1971. Similarly, Steve Vai has also commented about the song in a September 1998 Guitar World interview: "This one [Heartbreaker] had the biggest impact on me as a youth. It was defiant, bold and edgier than hell. It really is the definitive rock guitar solo."

For many of us, the sight of Jimmy Page playing his cherry SG doubleneck is one of the classic iconic images of rock guitar. The epic doubleneck played by Page has been called “The Hammer of the Gods”. The sound of Page on the SG doubleneck for Stairway to Heaven is considered unequaled in rock history. One Zepplin fan is quoted as saying that while other artists have played this model, “It wasn’t until Jimmy picked up the SG doubleneck that it became the instrument that screamed “Rock God” and became an icon.” Another source names Jimmy Page’s SG doubleneck as “the coolest guitar in rock”.

1971 SG doubleneck guitar has been used by Jimmy Page for playing "Stairway to Heaven", "The Song Remains the Same", "The Rain Song", "Celebration Day" during live concerts, "Tangerine" (1975 Earls Court shows) and "Sick Again" (1977 North American tour). The guitar was also nicknamed “The Aerial” (British term for antenna) because it picked up large amount of interference on stage. Page has said he used the SG doubleneck only a few times in the studio over the course of his career, notably for “Carouselambra” on “In Through The Out Door.”

Jimmy Page is my favorite guitarist of all time, and Led Zeppelin is my favorite band. I can’t say enough about how much he has influenced me. To be honest if it wasn’t for Jimmy Page and Led Zeppelin I probably wouldn’t have gotten into the music business. His techniques of combining blues and rock and roll amaze me. He is the reason I began playing guitar and producing my own music. Jimmy Page has change the musical world forever and will never be forgotten. There may be some mistakes in the above statements, if anyone has any advice about what to change, I'll be glad to get it. Thanks for checking our website. Jimmy Page made it famous and now we are proud to replicate this monster available to you at fabulous price. Just imagine when you are wowing a room full of attendees gawking at you going crazy onstage with that great gear and loving every minute of it.

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