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Discussion in 'Vintage Les Pauls' started by eric ernest, Feb 29, 2016.
Wonder if we will ever see this guitar make a public appearance - would be really cool...
Any word on Jimmy showing the guitar ?
I got him on FB but there aren't many updates there
And Bolan's LP iirc.
Interesting because several years ago I was selling my old shovelhead harley and a gent drove down from N.Dakota to pick it up. During our loading he noticed some guitars and cases in my shop area and we started talking about music in general , he leans in and states" You know that black guitar that was stolen from Jimmy Page ?" I replied yes , well he proceeded to tell me it was his friend that did it and the guitar had been at his house ever since, interesting to say the least but I didn't not believe him as this was a non guitar related transaction and he had no real idea who I was at the time. Anyway I blew it off but stayed in contact with the gent as he was going to fully restore my old scooter and send pics at alater date. Long story short , one day I get a email from his sister with pictures of my old bike and a back story of the gents passing away from cancer and her riding the bike cross country in his remembrance, so I had to ask about a certain "guitar story" he had told me....no reply.....several days later she calls from a private number and states the guitar story was real and he must have really liked me because no one knew about this other than him and the guy who stole the guitar, and yes she had seen the guitar, I tried to get her to place me in touch with this "guy" and tell her it should be returned to Jimmy . The story was these 3 young teens just happened to see some guitars and amps and one just grabbed the closest guitar case and ran , not knowing who or what it really was until some time later when the theft was published , needless to say the thief was scared shitle** and never spoke of it to anyone and hid the guitar away..... So I would be very interested in the recovery back story to see if this was true or not... Let me be clear though, I never saw the guitar,never saw a picture of it and could not confirm the existence of the story, BUT if you do a search (I believe in JP history of his guitars thread) you will see I posted to the hint of this story a few years before the guitar story surfaced in 2016.
GREAT story, Greg. Thanks for sharing!
I wonder if the teens really "didn't know". Back then Pagey's guitar cases had "Led Zeppelin" stencilled on them. I think Page admitted that was a bad idea. How do you go about returning a guitar you stole from one of the most famous Guitarists as a teen?
Great story Mal. If it's true, goes to show how small a world it is.
Yes, back in the days these thefts happened, 'cause sometimes it was pretty easy to come close to the instruments. I remember in the late 60ies, 1968 or '69, I attended a Festival and the late Alexis Korner went with me backstage where I met the original Fleetwood Mac and Free. Several guitars were sitting on some stools or on the floor or wherever and nobody had an eye on them. The guitar I was most interested in was the one that Jeremy Spencer had played in the gig before. From remembering I think it must have been a Gibson ES 175, very shiny so I think it had humbuckers. Well, I'm going off topic here, sorry for that, but I just wanted to say that back in these days it wasn't that difficult to grab and run. Oh, and of course I never did.
Any news about the guitar.. pics or something?
yeah, jimmy played it at the led zeppelin reunion show last week. you didn't hear? john bonham was there too.
And it got re-stolen
Went to Led Zeppelin in July 1973, most amazing 3+ hour concert I ever seen. We had concerts with amazing bands, compared to the Hip Flop nursery rhyme garble they shove down the throats of today's youth. They are getting screwed.
You are a very lucky man!
I keep waiting for the news story where the executor of some guy who just died announces that his will specified the return of the Les Paul he nicked from a rehearsal space in London in 1967.....
Not only that, the amount of lip synching going on is silly.
Page is soooooooooooooo overrated.
Well he says that he still has the argyle sweater vest and dragon suit too.
Just saw this ... very cool!
and sooooooooooooooooo rich $$$$
Ace Frehley as a teen snuck backstage at a Hendrix concert. He could have taken anything he wanted... "There was a peace concert at Randall's Island, which is right next to Manhattan island in New York City. I went to the show. I snuck backstage. I just kind of walked in. I was watching people walk in and out. I was watching the bands walk out to see other bands, and then I watched them walk back, and they'd just walked up with their head high and looked like they were somebody. So I just kind of walked in with this presence like I was in one of the bands, and the security guy just figured I was in one of the bands. So I'm back there about fifteen minutes, twenty minutes, and people were starting to say, 'Who is this fucking guy?' [Laughs] Finally, one of the road guys came up and said, 'Are you in one of the bands?' I said, 'No. I snuck back here.' He said, 'Well, can you do anything?' I said, 'Yeah.' Next thing you know, I'm seting up Mitch Mitchell's [Hendrix's drummer] drums. It was crazy. And then Mitch Mitchell walks over. But he he had changed his look. Because originally he started off with the afro, like Noel [Redding, Hendrix bassist] and Jimi, and then he changed his image; he got the beard and he got the headband. So when he initially walked over to check out the drums prior to the show, I didn't realize it was Mitch. And here I am walking around in high school with Jimi Hendrix's first album under my arm every day, and next thing you know, I'm talking to Mitch Mitchell and I didn't realize it was Mitch Mitchell. The roadie goes to Mitch, 'Hey, Mitch, what snare are you gonna use tonight?' And I [thought], 'Jesus Christ! It's Mitch Mitchell.' And that whole thing was a surreal day."