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This Gibson article discussed Jimmy Page's Black Beauty, saying, "Although more often associated with his #1 and #2 sunburst Les Pauls, Jimmy Page used a ‘Black Beauty’ Les Paul with 3-pickups and a Bigsby for most of his session work and solo singles (1963-68), as well as using it for the recording of 'Whole Lotta Love'. He bought in 1962 for £185 ($5300 today). He did take it on tour with Led Zeppelin from January 1970 through 1971 but it was stolen at an airport in September ‘71. Page even placed an ad in Rolling Stone offering a reward for its return, but it was never recovered. The compilation of early work, Hip Young Guitar Slinger, credited to Jimmy Page and his Heavy Friends shows mid-‘60s Page with the guitar on the cover."
The session work is confirmed in Ultimate Guitar interview. "...then one of those Gibson "Black Beauties" which stayed with me for a long time until some thieving magpie took it to his nest. That's the guitar I did all the '60s sessions on."
In the same interview, Page says he traded his Gretsch Chet Atkins guitar for the Les Paul. "The Gibson "Black Beauty" Les Paul Custom. I was one of the first people in England to have one, but I didn't know that then. I just saw it on the wall, had a go with it, and it was good. I traded a Gretsch Chet Atkins I'd had before for the Les Paul. "
After almost 46 years ago, this guitar was finally returned to him.
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