The Tragic End To Jimmy Page’s 1958 Fender “Dragon” Telecaster Guitar

Here is the quick history on Jimmy Page’s famous “Dragon” Fender Telecaster that he used with Led Zeppelin and the actual guitar used to play the solo on “Stairway To Heaven.”

Jimmy Page Dragon Telecaster Led Zeppelin

The 1958 Blond Fender Telecaster was given to Page by Jeff Beck when they were both members of The Yardbirds.  Here’s Beck playing what would become the “Dragon” guitar with a homemade black pick guard.

And here is Page playing the future “Dragon” Tele on stage with The Yardbirds.

Jimmy Page Dragon Tele Jeff Beck Guitar The Yardbirds

In late 1967, Page stripped the paint off of this 1958 Blond Fender Telecaster and hand painted a green, red and orange psychadelic dragon on the front of the body.  He also replaced the pickguard with a pickguard made of clear acrylic.

Jimmy Page Dragon Fender Telecaster Guitar Led Zeppelin

About the pickguard Page said,

“Yes. There was work done on it but only afterwards. I painted it; everyone painted their guitars in those days. And I had reflective plastic sheeting underneath the pick guard that gives rainbow colors.”


Jimmy Page Dragon Fender Telecaster

In a 1998 Guitar World interview, Jimmy Page said the following about the fate of the “Dragon” Telecaster.

“I still have it (referring to the Dragon Tele), but it’s a tragic story. I went on tour with the ’59 Les Paul that I bought from Joe Walsh, and when I got back, a friend of mine had kindly painted over my paint job. He said, ‘Ive got a present for you.’ He thought he had done me a real favor. As you can guess, I wasn’t real happy about that. His paint job totally screwed up the sound and the wiring, so only the neck pickup worked. I salvaged the neck and put it on my brown Tele string bender that I used in the Firm. As for the body… it will never be seen again! (laughs)”

Here is a photo Page playing the “Dragon” Tele neck with The Firm.

Jimmy Page The Firm Dragon Telecaster Guitar Neck Led Zeppelin

Page also had a white Fender Stratocaster that was recently returned to him from John Paul Jones

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


  1. Anonymous says:

    fender didnt do rosewood necks on teles in 58

  2. Anonymous says:

    Please, from where is the last picture? It's in pretty good quality.

  3. rallygsc says:

    Jimmy Page had two different telecasters in the early days, the dragon was supposedly a 58 that had the neck replaced, Jimmy redone it, but a friend screwed it up so Jimmy repainted it again and it supposedly became the famous chocolate brown b bender, the other telecaster is a 61 that’s rarely ever seen

  4. anonymous says:

    That "friend" truly screwed up history

  5. anonymous says:

    Friends on acid… I'm sure it looked good at the time.

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