Jimmy Page reveals how he conjured his solo to Stairway To Heaven from a ‘magical’ guitar

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Jimmy Page shares his memories of recording Led Zeppelin classic Stairway To Heaven in the new issue of Classic Rock magazine, and reveals how he conjured the track’s iconic solo from a “magical” guitar.

The new issue of Classic Rock takes an unparalleled deep dive into the making of Zeppelin’s classic fourth album, and guitarist (and producer) Page has clear memories of laying down his solo on the album’s best-known track, Stairway To Heaven.

“I would invariably do guitar solos at the end, once the finished vocals and any overdubs were already on,” says Page. “Under the circumstances here, there’s a bass, an electric, 12-strings, recorders, a whole manner of things. I always put the solo on at the end because you’ve really living the track by then, and being the producer you’ve already supervised all the overdubs that have already gone on.”

“I basically got my Telecaster out to do that solo. Even though I’d been playing Les Pauls, I wanted to get that bite of the Telecaster on it. It was the same Telecaster that I’d played on the first album, the one Jeff Beck had given me that I’d used in The Yardbirds. A bit of a magical guitar, really.”

As Page remembers it, his solo was recorded “very quickly”.

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