Jimmy Page “Dragon” Telecaster. Revised Final Specification

Fender Jimmy Page Signature neck

SPECIFICATION Modification from previous, in red italics

Body

  • Body: 1959-1966 Telecaster replica, by guitarbuild.co.uk
  • Body Tonewood: Swamp Ash – 2 piece, Offset join
  • Body Finish: Hand painted copy of original design, using Casein paint. Polished, gloss, nitrocellulose lacquer clearcoat

Neck

  • Neck: Fender Jimmy Page Signature Telecaster neck 2020. Serial #MXN02357
  • Neck Material: 1 piece maple, with Rosewood “slab” fingerboard
  • Neck Profile: Jimmy Page Custom, “Oval C” – shape
  • Tuners: Fender 6-in-line, “Vintage style tuners”
  • Fretboard: Rosewood
  • Fretboard Radius: 7.25″
  • Neck Finish: “Road Worn” Nitrocellulose Lacquer
  • Number of Frets: 21, Vintage style fretwire
  • Position Inlays: White dot
  • String Nut: TUSQ XL, Aged White (PQL-5000-AG)
  • Nut Width: 1.650” (42 mm)
  • Scale Length: 25.5″ (64.8 cm)
  • Neck Relief: 0.008″ (0.20mm)
  • Strings – D’Addario, Nickel Wound – EXL110 – .010 .013 .017 .026 .036 .046
  • String Action at 17th Fret: Treble Side – 4/64″ (1.6mm), Bass side – 5/64″ (1.8mm)
  • Neck Plate: Callaham, 4 Bolt, 2mm Stainless steel, Stamped – Serial #37201

Electronics

  • Pickup Configuration: S/S
  • Body Shielding: Heavy grade, copper sheet, with conductive adhesive backing
  • Bridge Pickup: Don Mare, “ZepOTone” (Live), Staggered Alnico 5 Poles, 6.6K
  • Neck Pickup: Don Mare, “ZepOTone” (Live), Alnico 5 Poles, Ni/Ag cover, 6.3K
  • Pickup Switching: CRL, Sprung 3-Position Blade – Position 1. Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Neck pickup, (with tone control) Position 3. Neck pickup (with tone preset). (Fender, 1950’s/60’s “Dark Circuit”)
  • Controls: Master Volume, Tone (Positions 1 and 2 only)
  • Pots: Volume – 1 x CTS TVT (“True Vintage Taper”) 250k, Tone – 1 x CTS TVT (“True Vintage Taper”) 250k
  • Tone preset Capacitor: Luxe, 1958-1961 replica, Wax impregnated paper & foil capacitor. (1 x 0.1µF “Phone Book” Capacitor)
  • Tone Capacitor: Luxe, 1958-1961 replica, Wax impregnated paper & foil capacitor. (1 x 0.05µF Tubular Capacitor)
  • Wiring: Cloth covered, 22 gauge

Hardware

  • Hardware: Stainless steel screw set,
  • Bridge: Fender “Pat. Pend.”  Vintage style Telecaster bridge, modified to accept “top” stringing.
  • Saddles: 3 x Fender, “Pure Vintage ’64”, Slotted, Nickel plated
  • Jack Plate: Fender, Vintage style electrosocket
  • Controls: Chrome plated control plate. 2 x Fender “Pure Vintage” chrome plated, knurled, brass control knobs
  • Switch Tip: Fender, “barrel” type. Black plastic
  • Scratchplate: Custom made replica – Single ply, clear polycarbonate with silver holographic wrap applied to reverse side
  • Strap Buttons: Genuine Fender Vintage style, with black felt washers

Accessories

  • Guitar Strap – Souldier, “Stained Glass” Blue / White – Recycled seatbelt with Vintage fabric – White leather ends – Silver hardware
  • Fender Pro Series Hard Case – Tweed, with orange plush
  • Reclaimed Violin Bow
Jimmy Page “Dragon” Telecaster. Fender components on custom painted, Ash body

I suppose I could have just gone out and bought a Fender signature model straight off the shelf. After all – the majority of the components are identical to the Fender MIM version. But then I wouldn’t have had all that fun, and wouldn’t, necesarily, have quite the same connection with the instrument. Having painted and finished the body myself, I feel I’ve been through a similar process of “consecration”, to one which which JP refers, in his telling of his experience producing the painted design of the original guitar. With pickups probably upgraded beyond Fender’s MIM standard, and with the build quality just about as high as I can possibly achieve myself – I’m reasonably confident that I’ve sourced the best components and “done a good job”, all round. As I’ve said before – I’ll never really know how accurate I’ve been in reproducing the “magic” of the original. How close to the actual experience of playing it…

Jimmy Page “Dragon” Telecaster. Fender components on custom painted, Ash body

…but in theory, I’m somewhere close…

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