The secrets behind Jimmy Page's guitar tone on Led Zeppelin's Communication Breakdown

Led Zeppelin
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For decades, all that tone chasers knew about the mysterious amp that Jimmy Page used to record the first Led Zeppelin album (as well as his legendary Stairway to Heaven solo) was that it was a Supro with a 12-inch speaker. 

In 2019, the mystery was definitively solved when Page, working in partnership with producer/guitar collector Perry Margouleff, loaned his original Supro to amp builder Mitch Colby, who painstakingly duplicated every detail for the Sundragon amp project. 

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Chris Gill

Chris is the co-author of Eruption - Conversations with Eddie Van Halen. He is a 40-year music industry veteran who started at Boardwalk Entertainment (Joan Jett, Night Ranger) and Roland US before becoming a guitar journalist in 1991. He has interviewed more than 600 artists, written more than 1,400 product reviews and contributed to Jeff Beck’s Beck 01: Hot Rods and Rock & Roll and Eric Clapton’s Six String Stories.