John Paul Jones Returned Jimmy Page’s Olympic White Fender Stratocaster After Borrowing It For Over 30 Years

This Olympic White Fender Stratocaster was used by Jimmy Page to record rhythm tracks on the Led Zeppelin songs “Thank You” and “Ten Years Gone”  in June 1969 at Morgan Studios, in Willesden, North London, England.

photo credits: Ross Halfin –

Jimmy Page Led Zeppelin White Fender Stratocaster John Paul Jones

At some point after the session, Page loaned the Strat to John Paul Jones (some claim Page traded it for JPJ’s Banjo).  In September 2007, Jones finally returned the “long-tern loan” Strat back to Page during rehearsals in California for the Ahmet Ertegun Tribute Concert on September 12, 2007, more than 30 years after he borrowed it.  Page happily took these photos by Ross Halfin with the guitar a few days later…

Jimmy Page Olympic White Stratocaster John Paul Jones

He looks really happy to have it back.

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  1. says:

    At least one thing wrong here–"Ten Years Gone" was recorded in early '74 at Headley Grange & Olympic Studios.
    Also: the main guitar on "Thank You" is an electric 12-string (either Fender or Vox, Page says he can't remember which).  If this guitar is on it, it's as an overdub.

  2. Nobody says:

    The moral of the story: the internet is full not only of useless crap, but incorrect useless crap. 

  3. says:

    JPJ said on his own website that he gave Jimmy a banjo (that Jimmy played on Gallows Pole) in exchange for the White Fender Strat. 

  4. Anonymous says:

    The 2007 renuion show was in London, not California.

  5. Anonymous says:

    It was more "Thirty Years Gone" (the guitar) than "Ten". Was Page's reply to the returned Strat "Thank You"?

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