I don’t know if everyone but me has seen this movie, but if not (and even if so) the clips are worth a look. Very cool to see Jimmy Page play, and they show some of his gear (but apparently not on purpose!).
I was in no rush to get the movie (stupidly) because even though Jimmy Page was/is in it, the other two guys I’m just not fans of. The Edge I get – his playing is more like ambient sound, but it’s definitely his own thing. Jack White I may never get.
But PAGE! Page does things in the videos below that make me want to (have to) at least rent the movie. The $100K question is what he’s playing through because the geniuses who made the movie apparently didn’t think it was important to show that: I didn’t see the movie, but lots of people did and have said there are no specific answers.
But they’re wrong (sort of). Here’s what I could figure out. If I missed anything, please let me know!
> You can see Page’s rig clearly at the beginning of this vid.
> Huge pedalboard you can see at 0:23, probably the one my Pete Cornish. At 0:42 he steps on something on the left side of his board. It might be the “Mute” off, if the board photo below is still current.
> At 2:25 he steps on a phaser, which if the pedalboard description below is still accurate is an MXR Phase 90.
> At 2:31 you can see that the Orange head is on and a cord is plugged into the input. Not sure about the Hiwatt under it. I’m no Page expert, but it seems the Orange is the original single-channel AD30 and the Hiwatt is a custom-built amp made around 1970.
> At 2:51 and 2:56 you can clearly see two Echoplexes hooked up behind his chair. But these might just be for the Theremin (see vid below this one) – but there might be others for Page’s guitar signal (see pedalboard ingredients list below).
> The story of how the song came about is very cool. The more I learn about Zep, the more it’s apparent how integral Bonham was to the composition of many tunes.
In My Time of Dying
> All three playing.
> Sounds like Jimmy is using a fuzz – but one isn’t listed on the pedalboard ingredients list below. Some have speculated it’s a
> Mic’d cab at 0:44 – I assume it’s Jimmy’s. Jack White is so “low-tech” he’s probably playing through the record player on the coffee table.
> At 1:12 you can see the Orange head on top of a Hiwatt head right behind Jimmy.
> The mic’d Fender behind the Edge at 2:31 presumably is being used by him.
Whole Lotta Love
> I would have sworn that Page was playing this on the neck pickup or at least the middle position, but it looks like bridge pickup only.
> At 0:45 you can see a Marshall plexi lit up and plugged into!
> He starts talking about a pedal, and at 0:52 we see what it is: a Sola Sound Tone Bender Professional Mk II.
Pedal Board Signal Path
Here it is, according to Pete Cornish.
> Guitars connected to Pete Cornish Input Selector and Line Driver (off stage) via Pete Cornish HD Guitar Cables
> Selected Guitar Signal to Effects / Amps Pedalboard via Pete Cornish Custom Signal Cable Loom (Loom includes Amp Feeds and Remote Mute Control)
> Pedalboard Input – Unity Gain
> Emergency Automatic Mechanical Bypass to Output #1 in case of Power Failure
> Send / Return to Spare FX #1 with Bypass Switch
> Roger Meyer Voodoo Fuzz – Removed in January 1996 – Replaced by Amp Lead switch for 2 off Fender Tone Master. [At the time the board was built, JP was using two Fender Tone Masters and two Vox AC30s (original T.Boost model), according to Cornish.)
> MXR Phase 90 with Bypass Switch
> Yamaha CH-10Mk II Chorus with Bypass Switch
> Send / Return to Spare FX #2 with Bypass Switch
> Boss CE-2 Chorus with Bypass Switch
> Jen Cry-Baby Wah with Bypass Switch
> Digitec WH-1 Whammy + Pete Cornish Linear Boost 0/+20dB with Bypass Switch
> Send / Return to Echoplex EP3 (modified by Pete Cornish) with Adjustable Gain and Bypass Switch
> Linear Boost all Outputs 0/+20dB with Bypass Switch > Master Volume
> Local and Remote Mute All Outputs
> 3 off Outputs to Amps - Output #4 added January 1995
> 115V Output to Echoplex [Interesting!]
> Unfortunately the clip of “Ramble On” from the movie was deleted from YouTube. I’m renting the flick just to watch it – great stuff.
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