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1969 Gibson Les Paul DeLuxe 'No. 3'
Jimmy Page, ca. July 1973
General Specs
Body: Bound carved maple top, mahogany body, sides and back, 1-ply creme binding
Finish: Goldtop (sprayed Cardinal Red)
Neck: 3-piece mahogany neck, volute at base of headstock, 1-ply creme binding
Fingerboard: Rosewood with pearl trapezoid inlays
Frets: 22
Bridge: ABR-1 Tune-o-matic Bridge
Headstock: 'Gibson' logo pearl inlay, 'Deluxe' engraved on truss rod cover
Tuners: Grover Imperials, later Grover Roto-matic
Hardware: Nickel
Pickguard: Raised cream acrylic
Pickups: (2) Gibson T-Tops, later Seymour Duncans (addded, ca. 1985)
Controls: (2) Volume, (2) Tone knobs, 3-way selector switch, Parsons/White B-Bender (added ca. 1985)
Years in use: 1970-Present

Jimmy Page started using the 1969 Gibson Les Paul DeLuxe 'No. 3' around August 1970, presumably as a replacement for the  missing 1960 Gibson Les Paul Custom 'Black Beauty'. It was used only sporadically after that, at the Bath Pavilion on March 13, 1971 and at Southampton University's West Refectory for Dazed And Confused on January 22, 1973. It got a more stable role for the 1973 US Tour (with new Grover Roto-matic machine tuners, replacing the original Grover Imperials), used for Over The Hills And Far Away, Whole Lotta Love and the occasional encore of Thank You.

Number Three reappeared on The Firm's 1985 tour, modified with hand-wound Seymour Duncan pickups (still available special order from Seymour Duncan) and a Parsons/White B-Bender. It was also used in 1986 and 1988.

It was used in 1994-1998 on the Page & Plant tours for Thank You with its neck pickup covered.

Most recently, the 1969 Gibson Les Paul DeLuxe 'No. 3' was used at the Ahmet Ertegun Tribute Concert at the O2 Arena in London, England on December 10, 2007 for Kashmir.


1969 Gibson Les Paul DeLuxe 'No. 3'
Jimmy Page, Dazed And Confused, August 26, 1970, Cleveland Public Auditorium, Cleveland, Ohio
1969 Gibson Les Paul DeLuxe 'No. 3'
Jimmy Page, June 3, 1973, The Forum, Inglewood, California
1969 Gibson Les Paul DeLuxe 'No. 3'
Jimmy Page, January 10, 1990, Hammersmith Odeon, London, England
1969 Gibson Les Paul DeLuxe 'No. 3'
Jimmy Page, Kashmir, December 10, 2007, O2 Arena, London, England

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October xx, 1968 - Led Zeppelin is recorded
October 19, 1968 - Final performance as the New Yardbirds
October 31, 1969 - Led Zeppelin II is released in the US
October 17, 1969 - Bonham is thrilled to play Carnegie Hall where Buddy Rich and Gene Krupa have performed
October 23, 1970 - Led Zeppelin III is released in the US
October xx, 1970 - The press lash out at the band over the Led Zeppelin III acoustic content
October xx, 1971 - Page and Plant venture around Thailand and India after the Japan tour
October 18, 1972 - Zeppelin rehearse at the Rainbow Theater for a UK tour
October xx, 1973 - Each member performs an individual film sequence for their concept film
October 31, 1974 - Swan Song hosts a party for the launch of its UK division
October xx, 1975 - Led Zeppelin decide not to tour and concentrate on recording new material
October 20, 1976 - The Song Remains The Same premieres at New York’s Cinema One
October xx, 1977 - Jimmy starts assembling a Led Zeppelin live album from recordings as far back as 1969
October xx, 1978 - Jones and Bonham record with Paul McCartney at Abbey Road Studios
October xx, 1978 - Rehearsals for In Through The Out Door in London
October xx, 1979 - All nine Led Zeppelin albums enter the Billboards Top 200 -- no other band has ever achieved this
October 10, 1980 - A private funeral is held for John Bonham at Rushock church in Worcestershire
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