- Apr 19, 2014
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HmmmJoe Walsh brought that guitar from the US to London convinced that it was the guitar Jimmy needed for use in his new band.
Think about that for a moment, and you just know that Jimmy was handed from Joe a Les Paul, tuned, intonated and set up beyond perfection.
It worked, and that generosity sealed a friendship that survives to this day.
Even prior to 1972 that Les Paul had a very distinctive tone in the middle selector position. I wouldn't be surprised if Joe Walsh ensured that the PAF s fitted to that Les Paul would have that distinctive tone because he knew it was what Jimmy was looking for, and perhaps why he brought the guitar to London personally.
Highly speculative, I know and please, everyone bear this in mind..
It's just that the first 'burst to enter the UK was owned by Keith Richards. It had a Bigsby and surely every guitarist in London wanted to play it.
Jimmy Page was one of the first and there is a picture of him with shorter hair playing it in the studio.
Later Eric Clapton would be photographed with it in the weeks following the theft of his mythical 'Beano' burst.
It would be most associated with Mick Taylor during his stint with the 'Stones'. By this time it had lost the Bigsby but not its unique tone, especially the tone in the middle selector position..
The neck is wound hotter than the bridge and this gives this particular 'burst a very distinctive tone that I'm speculating made an impression on a young session guitarist that perhaps he chased and found when Joe first opened that case..
Entirely speculative, but I hope thought provoking.
Some of your info is a bit how ya goin bordering on BS
ie.Joe Walsh showed him the guitar in the US while Zep were on tour, and Page was playing it at a gig a few days later