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Has Jimmy Page's Long-Lost Black Les Paul Been Found?

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According to Gibson.com's Peter Hodgson, Jimmy Page's long-lost 1960 Les Paul Custom “Black Beauty” guitar has been found.

The axe was stolen from the Led Zeppelin guitarist in 1970.

The news sprang from a simple question posted to former Led Zeppelin roadie Henry “The Horse” Smith's Facebook Q&A page.

Last week, a fan named Sue Clement asked Smith if he had any new information about the guitar. On February 27, he replied:

“Glad to announce the Black Beauty is now back in the hands of Jimmy, thanks in part to (producer/musician/collector) Perry Margouleff. This happened just a few months ago. It was a happy day for me to see Jimmy get this back.”

While photos of the guitar aren't easy to track down, Page is shown holding it on the cover of a CD called Jimmy Page and His Heavy Friends: Hip Young Guitar Slinger, below. (It looks like a very fab, gear and groovy album, by the way.)

Stay tuned for more details about this story.

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Damian is editor-in-chief of Guitar World magazine. From 1998 to 2014, he was one third of Mister Neutron, an instrumental rock act that toured the universe and elsewhere and released three albums via Austin-based Deep Eddy Records. These days he performs with several New York City-area bands and can often be spotted with one of his many, many, many B-bender-equipped guitars. In past lives he was GW’s managing editor and online managing editor – and he still can’t believe he got to write the liner notes for the latest SRV box set.