2009 Gibson Custom Jimmy Page "Number Two" VOS, Page Burst
Excellent condition #71 of the Limited Edition Gibson Jimmy Page “Number Two” Les Paul Standard in VOS Page Burst finish.
Released in 2009 the Gibson Custom Jimmy Page "Number Two" Les Paul Standard was painstakingly recreated by the team at Gibson Custom following intimate cooperation of Jimmy Page himself and unrivalled access to the instrument itself. The process of getting it right involved the production of a number of hand-built prototypes, each of which was checked and critiqued in detail by Page himself. Approval of the final guitar was only offered after the Page had examined and extensively played this last prototype in his London home—after which it was given the thumbs-up, worthy of being the template for the Custom Shop Jimmy Page “Number Two” Les Paul.
The guitar was purchased in by Page in 1973 and would become known as ‘Number Two’ was bought in the UK after several years of searching for another exceptional sounding Les Paul to compliment ‘Number One’, a ’59 Les Paul Standard Page famously acquired from Joe Walsh. Essentially stock when he received the instrument Jimmy did have some modifications done to the neck shape so that it would more nearly match the feel of his “Number One”. Used extensively throughout Led Zeppelin tours throughout the later 1970’s ‘Number Two’ would often be used in DADGAD for Kashmir as well as sometimes being used for “Dazed and Confused” – when Jimmy played with a violin bow, “Moby Dick”, and “Over the Hills and Far Away”. With a serial number dating it to 1959 the original sunburst finish has faded to wonderfully dusky amber brown. By the early ’80s Page decided to make it an even more versatile instrument and “explore the full range of what the two humbuckers could offer”. Designing a switching system for coil splitting, series/parallel, and phase-reverse options for both pickups, and employed a skilled electronics technician to devise a working schematic and make his sonic vision a reality. The result comprised a push/pull pot on each of the guitar’s four standard controls, plus two push-button switches hidden beneath the pickguard.
The guitar features a uniquely figured two-piece Eastern maple top mated to a one-piece, solid, lightweight, genuine mahogany body following the body lines and dimensions of the original ’59 Les Paul Standard.
The neck is constructed from one piece, quarter-sawn, lightweight mahogany with an accurate slim C replica profile taken from the original guitar. The Rosewood fingerboard is fitted with Aged Acrylic Trapezoid inlays and fretted with fret wire chosen for this guitar. Like the original guitar the tuners are Grover Rotomatics and just like like the original there is evidence of the original Klusson tuner holes on the rear of the headstock. The pickups are unique to this model and comprise of a covered Jimmy Page BurstBucker with Alnico III magnet in the neck and an uncovered Jimmy Page “NumberTwo” Bucker with Alnico V magnet in the bridge. The pickups are wired to two push-pull volume and two push-pull tone controls with two further ‘hidden’ DPDT switches mounted underneath the pickguard mirroring the mods done by Steve Hoyland for Page. Pulling out the Bridge and Neck pickup volume knobs switches the pickups coils from series to single coil, the Bridge and neck pickup tone controls can also be pulled changing the respective pickups from humbucking to single coil. In addition to this the The two push-button DPDT switches mounted beneath the pickguard allow for universal switching functions, regardless of the positions of the push-pull pots. With the switch mounted toward the bridge-end of the pickguard in the out position, the bridge pickup’s phase is reversed. With the switch mounted toward the neck-end of the pickguard in the out position, both pickups are wired in series and out of phase. With both switches out, both pickups are in series and in phase.
The Nitrocellulose finish ‘Page Burst Version Two’ was offered in two different treatments; Gibson’s proprietary VOS finish and an aged option by vintage-reproduction master Tom Murphy. Only 325 examples were produced in total: 100 aged by vintage-reproduction master Tom Murphy; 25 more aged by Tom Murphy and signed by Jimmy Page; and a further 200 finished to Gibson’s VOS specs.
We are happy to present #71 from this limited run of instruments, the guitar is in the same condition as it left the factory and comes with the original Gibson case, certificate and candy as pictured.