Jimmy Page’s 1961 Danelectro DC-2 3021

Jimmy bought this guitar sometime in the mid-60s and used it for his early studio work, with the Yardbirds, and later on with Zeppelin. It was first used on stage on “White Summer” with the Yardbirds circa 1967 tuned to DADGAD – also known as Celtic tuning.

Later on, Jimmy would continue using the guitar on “White Summer/Black Side Mountain” with Led Zeppelin in the early days. The guitar then reappeared with the release of Led Zeppelin IV, and Jimmy from that point started using it on “When The Levee Breaks”. After the release of Physical Graffiti in 1975, he started using the guitar on “In My Time Of Dying” and occasionally on “Kashmir” – which is probably the song for which this guitar is mostly known.

Jimmy Page with his 1961 Danelectro 3012 in the documentary “It Might Get Loud”

Specs

The guitar was made in 1961 and it features a black finish on a semi-hollow body with a poplar center and a masonite top, back, and sides. It has two Lipstick single-coil pickups with Alnico magnets. At some point in the 80s, Jimmy replaced the original bridge with a Quan Badass Bridge.

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Marcio Hendrik
Marcio Hendrik
1 month ago

I own this guitar. Its sound is quite versatile and it embraces all rock subgenres. It doesn’t work very well with Orange amps, I think (I’ve reached this conclusion by personal experience, though).