The Gibson Custom Shop has announced their latest artist signature model, the Jimmy Page 'Number Two' Les Paul, billing it as a culmination of "the extreme efforts of Gibson’s Custom Shop and the intimate cooperation of Jimmy Page himself".
According to Gibson, several hand-built prototypes were presented to Page. After he critiqued each one, refinements were made until the last prototype was given the master's blessing. This last prototype was the template that was taken into final production.
Bridge Pickup Volume Control - Pulling this knob out switches the bridge pickup’s coils from series (standard) to parallel
Bridge Pickup Tone Control - Pulling this knob out switches the bridge pickup from humbucking to single coil
Neck Pickup Tone Control - Pulling this knob out switches the neck pickup from humbucking to single coil
It's interesting to note that this exact push/pull switching system was implemented in the first Gibson Jimmy Page Les Paul Signature model from 1995. Personally when I tried out the mid-90's Page Signature, I found the switching system to be a hassle and actually took away from the gutsy Les Paul tone. The tone was thinner than a non-modified Les Paul, even with all knobs down and the guitar in 'standard' mode!
Judging from Murphy's replicated belt-buckle wear, we also get a good idea of how low Pagey actually slung his Les Pauls onstage.
I'm guessing that Page's vaunted 1959 Number One will be next on Gibson's agenda.
(Quote Source: www.gibson.com, Pic Source: http://www.themusiczoo.com/)