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Jimmy Page plays Danelectro ’59 Earls Court 1975

59 Danelectro reissue guitar
In the Led Zeppelin Earls Court performance in 1975 video you’ll see that Jimmy Page plays a 1959 Danelectro on the song “In My Time of Dying”. This is kind of rare because Page is known for his love of Gibson guitars and particularly the Les Paul. But this song has all kinds of slide work, and the ringing twangy sound of the Danelectro ’59 turned out to be the perfect choice for this masterpiece. Here, I’ll let you watch the video I saw on VH1 class tonight that made me think about it:

After seeing that performance I wondered if they made a reissue of that guitar today – and sure enough they do! They have it at musicians friend, and for a very reasonable $299! I just couldn’t believe it. I read the reviews, and it’s getting like 4-4.5 stars out of 5! The description says that the bridge can now be adusted (the original couldn’t) and the tuners are much better (probably stay in tune now!), but the reason that this instrument has a twangy sound is because of the aluminum nut. That and those awesome lipstick tube pickups. This is an awesome sounding (and looking) guitar for the money! Oh – did I mention that it’s awesome for open chord and slide guitar work? In addition it comes in 4 awesome colors, royal blue, green, black, and burgundy. I believe it’s on sale right now for just $249!! What a great gift idea for a guitarist you might know!

Danelectro '59 Dano Electric Guitar Black Danelectro ’59 Dano Electric Guitar BlackThe ’59 Dano reissue electric guitar is based on the guitar model first released in 1959 and sold through the mid-’60s. Just because this guitar is inexpensive and a tad outr‚ doesn’t mean it’s not a serious instrument. The ’59 Dano guitar features professional-level playability, intonation, and electronics. The ’59 Dano is a guitar that will withstand the rigors of the road and continuous stage work in addition to inviting curious glances and knowing nods of approval.

The ’59 Dano comes in finishes inspired by classic car colors of the day and have zero gloss, which helps convey the retro vibe. The glossless colors, swooshing pickguard, lipstick pickups, ridged knobs, and vertical headstock logo all help to create the immediate impression that this is an instrument from another time.

The body is a double-cutaway, and features the familiar plastic tape that runs around the edge of the guitar. Originally, this was to hide the seam in the two-piece body construction. Modern Dano’s are not made using this clamshell method anymore, but the tape remains, as it is such a distinctive part of the look. The tape is affixed using a self-adhesive, and is aged with a shellac to give it a slightly brown-streaked or discolored look which adds to the vintage vibe. The pressed-particle pickguard is covered in the same material and cut precisely to fit.

The Alnico pickups are the lipstick variety, and have the same design as the ones that appeared in the ’50s, when actual lipstick tubes (purchased from cosmetics makers) were used to house the electronics. One modern improvement is the bridge, which, on the reissue, is capable of being intonated.

Also an improvement over the original is the tuners, which are die cast and hold the tuning well. The nut is made of aluminum and contributes to the twanginess and uniqueness of tone that the Dano’s were known for. In addition to sitting in a nut slot, the nut itself is screwed into the top edge of the fingerboard.

The playability is one of the most impressive aspects of this guitar— the action is low enough for velocity playing, yet was buzz-free on every fret. The neck is not speed-demon shallow, but its depth adds to the sustain, tone, and general feeling of substance.

The ’59 Dano’s pickups are bright and sparkly, but not shrill. The manufacturer reports that the 2007 reissue features a warmer wind on the pickups, which increases the output and provides a less high-endy tone. The jangly pickups and aluminum nut work well when playing open-position chords and single lines. Very versatile is the neck pickup—mellow and strong but not dull, perhaps due to the extra windings and its placement midway down the string length. The three-position switch and volume and tone knobs are rugged and stand up well to aggressive swiping and twisting.

Aside from being a definite conversation starter, the ’59 Dano is a quality, low-priced instrument. It would be great as a

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Led Zeppelin 2007 Reunion Video – get it while it lasts

There are all kinds of clips appearing on YouTube of the December 10th Led Zeppelin reunion concert in London. Looks like YouTube is deleting all kinds of them at will – so who knows how long these will last. Watch them while you can, this was a Led Zeppelin video you waited 19 years to see! Let’s hope that they actually do that reunion tour and album…but I heard on the radio todat that Robert Plant said the fewer people talk about it – the more likely they are to do it. I doubt that, as it would be the most profitable concert tour in the last 25 years!

Led Zeppelin – Kashmir, London Reunion

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John Paul Jones – Led Zeppelin’s Behind the Scenes Genius

Led Zeppelin is one of the only bands that helped to define rock music history. The musical legacy that they have left will live on for countless generations. Many bands influenced music, but Zeppelin helped to define an entire genre. The defining pieces of their legacy are easily broken down into the individuals that make up the band. John Bonham, one of the most skilled and heavy hitting drummers to walk the planet. Robert Plant, the tall and lanky Englishman somehow born with vocal chords from the deep south. Jimmy Page, the controlled chaos of wild improvisation reigned in. But the one you often hear nothing about is John Paul Jones, which I could never figure out – because he’s as much a cornerstone of that band as any of the other three.

It’s funny, after Bonham died Robert Plant did his solo thing off and on, and Jimmy Page did both the HoneyDrippers and The Firm, as well as a solo project in the 80’s and 90’s. I don’t remember hearing anything from John Paul Jones. Then their was Plant / Page, a pseudo-Zeppelin project, but again no John Paul Jones. On January 12, 1995 Led Zeppelin was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and when it was John Paul Jones’ turn at the mic his famous words were “Thank you, my friends, for finally remembering my phone number…”. As a matter of fact, that speech is (of course) on YouTube – here it is:

Often overlooked (as many bass players are), without his bass and keyboard parts – most Zeppelin songs would sound completely different. It just isn’t Zeppelin without all three of the original surviving members. I can’t be alone in thinking this, since the November Zeppelin charity concert in London with Page, Plant, Jones, and Bonham’s son was not only sold out, but the web site with news of the show received over 1 billion pageviews in under a month. That’s a STAGGERING amount of interest in a band that’s only been on stage one time (for the Hall of Fame) in the last 28 years.

Well, the reason I was particularly thinking of Jonesy today is because over at Ultimate Guitar, I read a ‘rock chronicle’ interview from 30 years ago with John Paul Jones originally in Guitar Player. It’s a very interesting read, not only because it’s from one of the most underheard voices of the legendary Zeppelin, but more because the interview was taken at the height of Zeppelin’s fame and it’s very interesting to get responses during that period of time. In addition, and amount of buildup to the interview by the author is very telling and reminds us how big the legendary Zeppelin was and also that there really hasn’t been a band that big save one or two in the last 30 years.

It looks like the only things I have to look forward to in the near future are The Mothership Led Zep Compilation to be released Nov 16th, and possible YouTube footage of their November reunion concert. One can only hope that the rumours of a 2008 tour will come true after all.