“To embody Jimmy Page, I need the tone, the guitar performance and the emotions to come together”: Akio Sakurai aka Mr. Jimmy has spent 30 years honing the perfect Led Zeppelin guitar sound. As he explains, “tone is the most important thing”

Akio Sakurai
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Mr. Jimmy, the new music biopic from Peter Michael Dowd, tells the remarkable rock ’n’ roll story of Akio Sakurai and his 30-year-long obsession with Led Zeppelin, resulting in a lifelong mission to replicate Jimmy Page’s electric guitar tone, playing style – and look.

And today, GW brings you an exclusive clip that, in just over two minutes and change, tells any guitar player that they are in the presence of a seriously driven player. 

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Jonathan Horsley

Jonathan Horsley has been writing about guitars since 2005, playing them since 1990, and regularly contributes to publications including Guitar World, MusicRadar and Total Guitar. He uses Jazz III nylon picks, 10s during the week, 9s at the weekend, and shamefully still struggles with rhythm figure one of Van Halen’s Panama.