The Fender Jimmy Page Telecaster was released in January 2019 – in “dragon” and “mirror” Custom Shop and factory-line incarnations – to much fanfare.
Though one would expect that the guitar specializes in the sort of taught, razor-sharp tones – as heard on Led Zeppelin's legendary self-titled debut album – that made Page's original so famous, the six-string, in the right hands, definitely shows some sonic versatility as well.
Case in point is the above video, in which Yngwie Malmsteen – neoclassical shred titan and Strat aficionado – tears it up on his own Jimmy Page Telecaster.
Malmsteen had been asked by a fan named Eric Frehse if he owned any Teles and, in case he did, if he would mind taking one for a spin on camera. As it turns out, Malmsteen had just acquired a Page Telecaster, and was more than happy to take it for a test drive.
“This doesn’t have any scallops, it doesn’t have any stacked pickups,” Malmsteen said of the guitar, before unleashing some oh-so-Yngwie-esque, million-miles-per-hour licks. “Real different.”
One point for the "hands over gear" team!
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Jackson is an Associate Editor at GuitarWorld.com and GuitarPlayer.com. He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player. Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder and Unrecorded. Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.
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