Jimmy Page’s Number One Prototype Coming to Auction

January 14th, 2015

12565a_lg_580pxBy Christopher Scapelliti

It’s not Jimmy Page’s 1959 Les Paul, but it’s pretty close. And it’s coming up for auction in February at Goldin Auctions.

In 1998, Page commissioned Gibson’s Custom Shop in Nashville to build a replica of his Number One guitar, a 1959 Gibson Les Paul Standard. Page had purchased the guitar from Joe Walsh in 1969 for $500, and it had been his go-to ax for many years, including his time with Led Zeppelin.

Three prototypes were produced by Gibson’s reproduction master Tom Murphy. Page took two of the guitars to England and left the remaining one (serial number 0-9056) with Gibson’s New York office so that he could use it when performing in the States.

Unfortunately, Gibson’s New York rep sold the guitar to VH1 head of programming Wayne Isaak one year later. That left Page without a guitar—and extremely miffed—when he returned to New York in 1999 for his tour with the Black Crowes.

Isaak loaned him the guitar, which Page used during his shows with the Crowes at New York’s Roseland Ballroom.

Goldin Auctions is now offering the guitar at auction. The instrument shows minor use, and the hard case has dings and normal wear.

In addition to the guitar and case, the auction includes a copy of the set list from the second night at Roseland, an all-area backstage pass, an after-show pass, two tickets, a copy of the July 2000 Guitar World magazine with Page and this guitar, an original 8×10 of the shot used and various letters attesting to the guitar’s provenance.

The bidding starts at $20,000. The auction ends on February 7.

For more information, visit Goldin Auctions.

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Comments

  1. Posted by AUBREY GENE BRADLEY on January 14th, 2015, 13:55 [Reply]

    he should offer it to jimmy page first .

  2. Posted by Patrick on January 14th, 2015, 19:13 [Reply]

    That show is on CD : it is called “Jimmy Page and The Black Crows Live at The Greek”.

    • Posted by Autographs on May 5th, 2016, 09:52 [Reply]

      Anyone know how much this sold for?

  3. Posted by Greig on January 15th, 2015, 14:07 [Reply]

    Oh would love to have the money to purchase something like this.

  4. Posted by Robert on January 15th, 2015, 14:41 [Reply]

    What an incredible piece of history, a true collectible!

  5. Posted by Dave on January 15th, 2015, 18:00 [Reply]

    What could possibly have possessed a Gibson employee to sell this guitar? It would have been interesting to learn how this happened.

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