Jimmy Page reveals why he switched to Gibson Les Pauls – and how Joe Walsh helped shape the sound of Led Zeppelin II

Jimmy Page
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Few guitar/player partnerships are as iconic as Jimmy Page and the Gibson Les Paul. Indeed, the Led Zeppelin legend is synonymous with the single-cut, having switched to the ranks of Gibson after almost exclusively using a Fender Telecaster for the band’s debut album.

Though somewhat similar in ergonomic design – both have single-cut bodies, after all – the differences between the Telecaster and Les Paul are night and day, with distinctions in almost every department, from body and neck material to electronics and hardware.

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Matt Owen
Senior Staff Writer, GuitarWorld.com

Matt is a Senior Staff Writer, writing for Guitar World, Guitarist and Total Guitar. He has a Masters in the guitar, a degree in history, and has spent the last 16 years playing everything from blues and jazz to indie and pop. When he’s not combining his passion for writing and music during his day job, Matt records for a number of UK-based bands and songwriters as a session musician.