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Fender announced today the release of a new signature reissue of Jimmy Page’s fabled 1959 Telecaster. While most commonly associated with Les Pauls, Page used this guitar during his time with The Yardbirds, for the recording of the first Led Zeppelin record, and in many other instances in the years since that initial release.

The guitar was originally given to Page by Jeff Beck in 1966. In a short teaser video released on Fender’s YouTube channel today, Page said, “It comes from Jeff and goes through the whole of the first album. … I wanted to recreate the original guitar so that it would travel beyond what it originally was.”

While the guitar was in its original blonde finish for the early years, Page redecorated it at two different points, once with a set of mirrors applied to the body and later with a hand-painted dragon design.

When the opening riff of “Good Times Bad Times” came through the radio in 1969, everything changed. In that moment Jimmy Page cemented his legacy and altered the course of popular music with a single guitar: his Fender Telecaster. The Fender Jimmy Page Telecaster is an homage to that guitar, which began life in its factory White Blonde lacquer finish, then became the “mirror guitar” before taking on its final form – a magical one-of-a-kind instrument, hand-painted by Page himself, that would go on to produce some of the most iconic riffs of the 20th Century.

Fender will be releasing four different models in this set, representing both stages of these distinct finishes as regular production runs and as two as limited edition Custom Shop pieces. The Custom Shop editions are being built by Custom Shop Master Builder Paul Waller and will be signed by Page.