Ok, so if I understand you correctly, you are saying that the red guitar in the collection pic from back stage IS the 1950s (other) red guitar, right?
...Someone suggested it is a painted 1958 GT; maybe it is an original red 1958 LP Standard?
I'm saying that a) the guitar in the collection shot is the same guitar as in the live action shot that pmonk posted (although we don't know for sure if it's a 50's LP), and that b) it isn't #3 (the pancake body Norlin).
There are a few theories - that thread that Planks & I both linked to deals with what were thought to be the most likely ones at the time that we were digging into this.
Of course, your pic is the 1950s LP from 1977. But for the real #3, where does "Custom" come from? I am not familiar with it being called "custom". For the $1600 collection photo back stage, I was pointing to the late 50s red guitar since 1) it is a pic from 1977 when the 50s red guitar was used, and 2) the tail piece appears make a line that splits the two volume knobs evenly whereas the tail piece on the #3 appears to go more towards the volume knob for the neck pickup. Plus it looks so shiny, almost like fresh paint. Seems like the #3 was a little worn by this time. But since I can not really see the head stock or logo or binding in the horn or the sides of the guitar, it is really impossible to say for sure.
In reading that thread...
...unconvinced that the truss rod cover says CUSTOM...
huw said:blackmikito said:I did make one edit my post above, because after searching through photo upon photo, I believe that Page did in fact keep the original truss rod cover on the guitar, and that he didn't switch it out for a blank one, as I previously thought. Even when it was used at O2 during "Kashmir", you can see that there is an inscription on it. However, I've yet to find a photo that gives any more closeup detail on that tiny piece.
So, if anyone can find one, that would help.
What is says is:
like that, down the length of the TR cover.
I can't give you a picture because I don't have a scanner (not to mention I just got in from meeting my new kids for the firsts time!!!!! ) but I can tell you where there is one.
The front cover of the May 1993 Guitar World, which was the Coverdale Page feature, has a shot of the two of them, & Page is holding that guitar. You have to peer in-between the captions, but you can make it out very easily...
the whole argument about the thin binding in the shot from 73 - to me this looks like lighting & shadows are playing a part here; it does not look like thin binding to me; look at the binding next to the neck in the cutaway; the part of the binding getting the light is on the top of the guitar - it goes all the way around the guitar. but the part actually in the cutaway is blocked by shadows. but where the cutaway meets the neck you can see the wide binding slightly in a shadow; it is WIDE
is there any working links to this video?Here is an interesting video on the JP 2004 re-issue guitar
YouTube - 2004 Gibson Les Paul Jimmy Page Signature Model
Apologies if it has been posted before
When the original PAF was on the guitar, he removed the cover. After the Australian leg of the 1972 tour, the bridge pickup got too gummed up with rosin from the bow solos, so the T-top replacement pickup got its chrome cover left on until that pickup was replaced with a Seymour Duncan pickup in the 80s