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Page is shown here playing a traditional Les Paul Goldtop. According to Jeff Strawman's preview of his book, which offers 600 pages of Led Zeppelin gear examination, he clearly describes this guitar and her use in 90's mainly. "Jimmy Page has always looked to explore new frontiers, and he found a worthy partner in that journey with the TransPerformance automatic tuning system, which he noted "allows you to store over a hundred different tunings. That opens all kinds of possibilities." Page took possession of his first TransPerformance-equipped guitar, a goldtop Gibson Les Paul Standard, in late 1991 during the Coverdale-Page sessions. He memorably used it in the "Pride and Joy" video with David Coverdale, in the 1994 Unledded show with Robert Plant and then the accompanying 1995-96 world tour, and as recently as 2007 at the Led Zeppelin reunion concert. He used a second TransPerformance-equipped wine red Gibson Les Paul Standard Premium on the 1998-99 Walking Into Everywhere tour with Plant. He personally nicknamed a third TransPerformance-equipped guitar “Pepto Bismol,” because of its pinkish finish. Page then traded this guitar back to Transperformance for a fourth guitar, which he dubbed “Eerie Dess,” due to its maroon red crackled finish. This is the guitar that was seen on Saturday Night Live in 1998, when Page appeared with Sean “Puff Daddy” Combs for a performance of "Come With Me."more
Having owned this guitar for at least 2 years now, I can pretty safely say that it's the founding tool for my professional gear. It's decently priced, it has a nice, balanced weight, great fat sounds from the neck pickup, rocking gnarly highs from the bridge pickup, great versatility with the split coils, awesome intonation and tuning stability because of the ABR-1 bridge and locking tuners. Mine is a Traditional Pro 2012 Goldtop, but since I could not find it and couldn't bother making a whole profile for the guitar as of today, I assume this will sufice the review!