Jimmy Page Tele Tone

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  1. freddie

    freddie Tele-Meister

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    I wonder how Jimmy page got his early Zepplin Tele tone? It was a wicked sound for sure and all those classic tracks he used a tele on. Maybe it was the pick ups he used? The Les paul and strat get alot of credit in rock, but the Tele has done some of the most famous guitar parts ever.

    'Whole Lotta Love' still slays me and 'Born To Be Wild' well that's just rock like rock will never be again.



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  2. chabby

    chabby Friend of Leo's

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    Born to be wild was Steppenwolf - not Zeppelin.
     
  3. freddie

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    I know that and I just assumed everyone here did sorry, but John Kay used a Tele for that song I was trying to say.


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  4. byrdbrain

    byrdbrain Tele-Afflicted

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    An important part of the equation was his little Supro amp.
    Read more about his equipment here.
     
  5. sprucemousse

    sprucemousse TDPRI Member

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    i started a thread on this a while ago.

    use the search function and type jimmy page telecaster in
     
  6. piecul

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    J. Page tele sound

    I bought a second hand tele about 1 year ago.It sounded very similar to that J.Page "zeppelin".It was set up with 10'52 gauge strings,and they had endballs painted black-I saw 1'st time a strings with endballs painted like this!It is rare I think!Those strings sounded perfect!Wide range of frequencies,high volume,strong twang,long sustain,long life,etc.When I set up my tele with new strings it always sounds worse!Anybody knows what strings they could be?!
     
  7. RockinCarl

    RockinCarl Tele-Afflicted

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    On the first record "that" tone was Jimmy's STOCK 58-60 Toploader through a small Supro and a Tone Bender. Jimmy's Tele WAS modded- the dragon paint job, and the flattened radius, but the electronics that produce the tone were stock.

    A vintage styled bridge pickup in the 6.0-6.5k range would get you in the ball park of Jimmy's Tele tone. But remember- There still the amp, the tone bender, the mic placement in the studio, and the hands.
     
  8. Jim W

    Jim W Friend of Leo's

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    "I know that and I just assumed everyone here did sorry, but John Kay used a Tele for that song I was trying to say.

    freddie"

    Sorry I don't think John Kay used a tele on born to be wild - Michael Monarch (or who ever was guitarist at that time) used an Esquire).
     
  9. Johnnytone

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    +1
     
  10. freddie

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    Good interesting info!!! Thanks

    I'd never try to imitate Pagey lol... nobody can anyway. Is an Esquire is a Tele or not...I'm not sure on that one, but it looks like one without the second pickup so some of us think of it as a Tele.. We here know the difference and respect both models. John Kay said it on a British music channel show here about guitarplayers, I didn't think twice about it. Good info Chabby thanks for clearing it up.

    Pagey got some evil and sweet tones for sure, but so heavy and molten for a Tele




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  11. robt57

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    Like, VOX tone Bender ??


    I was farting around with wiring in my Schecter VS Strat and a Rotary a few years ago. I just wired the bridge HB to the Rotary so I could use the 6 positions to run each coil, or both coils [HB] in 3 of the positions, and the other 3 reversed the polarity of the same 3 positions. It got real interesting when using the #2 switch position and the reverse phasing in conjunction of the middle PUP.

    It created one tone which nails Page's 59 LP, with the out of phase sound with the push pulls. Which also resembles his Tele's sounds. Maybe that is what he was looking for when he had the push/pulls put in that 59 LP.

    I was a Bass player until one day I borrowed a guitar off my sis's boy friend when I was 15. It was a Guild Thunderbird which I played so much [what bass?] it was given to me as a present.

    I had Zep one and two and that guitar and a lot of late night time figuring out al the songs. Page knocked my socks off, and I never played bass again.

    Problem is that it took me a LONG time to shake sounding only like Page. People would be impressed at first, and then realize it was all I could do. So as far as "nobody can anyway" I disagree to my detriment. ;) I stopped playing for 25 year and started again about 6 year ago. I sound a lot NOT like page now, I mean to say I do not sound only like Page anymore. ;)
     
  12. A0nut

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    I realize this is extremely old but I love the way his telecaster sounds. I've been trying my best to capture that sound. Im close, I think so at least. I do have a video of me playing if you want to check it out http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WeJ7gdxsHyI In the video im using a Squire Telecaster. Amazing guitar, in my opinion. Anyways thought id add my 2 cents to this. Thanks!
     
  13. surfoverb

    surfoverb Doctor of Teleocity

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    whole lotta love isnt a tele

    he only used a tonebender on 3 tracks (dazed, how many more times, you shook me)
     
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    1967 nos .47 tone cap Don mare zepotone pickups are an exact rewind of Pages 1967 tele
     
  15. ac15

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    Treble boosters were also a big part of Page's tone. Once you play through one it becomes apparent.
     
  16. bblumentritt

    bblumentritt Tele-Afflicted Platinum Supporter

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    Here's my take, or how I get that rocking tone.

    Tube amp.... tweed style... that gives good old school overdriven tone. If the amp has a Tone control, turn it up to 60-70% or so.

    Turn it up... maybe not to 12 but at least to 7, 8, or 9.

    Tele on the bridge pickup.

    Roll back the tone control until it's all the way to the bass side.

    Turn up the volume on the guitar all the way.

    Now, start playing and roll the guitar's tone control up until you can hear the change... maybe just a little more. Too much treble kills it.

    That's my take.
     
  17. Stringbender11

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    Page rocks! He's probably my favorite guitarist out of many that i like. :)
     
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