Jimmy Page’s 1963 Gibson J-200

This guitar actually didn’t belong to Jimmy but was borrowed from his friend Jim Sullivan, because Jimmy needed an acoustic guitar to record Led Zeppelin’s first album. He used it to record all of the acoustic songs on that album, including “Babe I’m Gonna Leave You”, “Black Mountain Side”, and “Your Time is Gonna Come”.

He later gave the guitar back to Jim and began using the Martin D-28.

That was a Gibson J-200, which wasn’t mine; I borrowed it. It was a beautiful guitar, really great. I’ve never found a guitar of that quality anywhere since. I could play so easily on it, get a really thick sound; it had heavy gauge strings on it, but it just didn’t seem to feel like it.

Jimmy Page – original source needed

The J-200 that Jimmy used was produced in 1963 and had a spruce top, with figured maple used for the back and sides. The neck was made out of five laminated pieces of maple, and the fretboard was ebony with crest inlays. All of the hardware was gold-plated.


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