On January 22, Jimmy Page posted several new photographs showing himself holding what many people thought was a modern recreation of his iconic 1959 Dragon Telecaster guitar.
But Fender has confirmed to LedZepNews that Page wasn’t holding a replica. Instead, the photographs were a world-first look at Page’s restored original instrument, the first time it has been seen in 50 years since it was almost ruined in 1969.
Page was originally given the guitar by Jeff Beck in 1966. In February 1967, Page decorated the guitar with eight circular mirrors.
Page played the mirror guitar during his time in The Yardbirds, and then repainted it himself with a dragon design and used it during the early years of Led Zeppelin.
A friend of Page’s stripped the guitar back in 1969, removing the dragon paint job and ruining much of the Telecaster.
Page kept the guitar, though, and has recently worked with a graphic designer to restore it and repaint it.
The photographs with his new Sundragon amp are the first appearance of Page’s Dragon Telecaster since 1969.
The website for the Sundragon amp says that 50 limited edition, hand-built amps will be released in 2019. All of the limited edition amps will be signed by Page.
A standard model of the amp will be released later in 2019, the site said.
The amps are being made in conjunction with music producer Perry Margouleff and guitar amp expert Mitch Colby.
“I had been impressed with the forensic analysis both Mitch and Perry had put into the research of the sonic reproduction of the original Supro amp to arrive at the Sundragon,” Page said in a statement on the Sundragon website.