Here’s a treat from 30 years back. On July 18, 1985, The Guitar Show visited Les Paul’s home in Mahwah, New Jersey, to tape Les and Jimmy Page for an episode. It was five days after Led Zeppelin’s reunion performance for Live Aid in Philadelphia, and Jimmy was paying Les a visit.
In addition to filming the two men talking about guitars and music, the show’s host, Christian Roebling, got Jimmy to discuss some of the guitars he had brought with him, including his Gibson EDS-1275 double-neck and his Fender Tele equipped with a Gene Parsons/Clarence White B-Bender.
For those unfamiliar with it, The Guitar Show began broadcasting on August 27, 1984. The program was taped in New York City and seen every Monday night at 11 on Channel 16 on Manhattan Cable TV. The first show featured Les Paul, and subsequent guests included Eddie Van Halen, Paul Gilbert, Danny Gatton and numerous others. The show was hosted, produced and edited by Roebling and gave guitarists valuable insights into the instruments and techniques of important players.
In the videos below, Page talks about the two guitars and demonstrates the B-Bender. Page is clearly in a good mood and makes for an amusing guest, especially when he tries to explain the B-Bender to his somewhat confused host.