Wednesday, July 22, 2015

On This Day 22 July

1967 22 July On This Day Jimmy Page with The Yardbirds at Santa Monica
  • 1966 The Yardbirds - Gravesend, Kent England at Co-op Hall
  • 1967 The Yardbirds - Santa Monica, CA at Santa Monica Civic Auditorium
  • 1995 Page & Plant Unledded Tour - Birmingham, England at NEC Arena
1995 Page & Plant at Birmingham UK
2008 July Jimmy Page backstage with The Mars Volta at the Roundhouse, London (Ross Halfin photo)

Jimmy Page's famous Dragon Telecaster started out as a generic white.  Page inherited it when Jeff Beck left the Yardbirds in 1966, and by spring 1967 the Tele sported eight reflective circle patches.

1967 March Jimmy Page's Telecaster before the Dragon

In late 1967 the Dragon was hatched.

"... Jimmy Page stripped the Fender Blond paint off and handpainted a green, red and orange psychadelic dragon on the front of the ash body and replaced the pickguard with a pickguard made of clear acrylic with a sheet of diffraction grating film underneath."
~Achilles Last Stand

♪  Over Under Sideways Down (The Yardbirds, 15 March 1967) YouTube
♪  Black Dog (Page & Plant Birmingham 1995) YouTube
♪  Ramble On (Page & Plant Birmingham 1995) YouTube

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