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1953 Fender Telecaster
from Guitar Heroes magazine, November 1982
General Specs
Body: Single cutaway slab Ash body
Finish: Botswana Brown
Neck: One-piece maple neck
Fingerboard: Maple with pearl dot inlays (1977), Rosewood with clay dot inlays (1979-present)
Frets: 21
Bridge: 3-paired adjustable bridge saddles
Headstock: Logo removed
Tuners: "Single line" Kluson Deluxe
Hardware: Chrome
Pickguard: Black single layer ABS pickguard
Pickups: Flat pole single coil (chrome cover on neck pickup)
Controls: Master Volume, Master Tone knobs, 3-position toggle switch, Parsons/White B-Bender (added ca. November 1975)
Years in use: 1977-1988
Website: http://www.fender.com/ 
Jimmy page bought the "Botswana Brown" 1953 Fender Telecaster from Robb Lawerence in November 1975.

"Found your post on Jimmy Page's guitars last night and wanted to let you know I sold him the brown Telecaster guitar many years ago. A fellow who worked with us at SRI studios worked for them and asked me to find a Telecaster and send it up to Gene Parsons for a pull-string device. I had Gene engrave the back plate with Jimmy's name on it. I originally found it in Ocean Beach (San Diego) near where I grew up. It is a '53 model dated from the serial number. I also have a few photographs of it with the receipt before I send it to Jimmy. I wish I had the old refinished neck since he put the Red Dragon rosewood neck on it."

Page used the 1953 Fender Telecaster on the 1977 US Tour for Hot Dog and Ten Years Gone. He switched the maple neck for the rosewood neck from the 1959 Fender Telecaster for the 1979 Knebworth tour. He also used it in 1983 on the ARMS tour, in 1984 with Roy Harper at English festival dates and in 1985-86 with The Firm.

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1953 Fender Telecaster
Jimmy Page, Ten Years Gone, April 10, 1977, Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois
1953 Fender Telecaster
Jimmy Page, August 4, 1979, Knebworth House Grounds, Stevenage, England
1953 Fender Telecaster
Jimmy Page, December 01, 1983, Cow Palace, Daly City, California
1953 Fender Telecaster
Jimmy Page, Roy Harper & Tony Franklin, July 28, 1984, Cambridge Folk Festival, Cherry Hinton, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England
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