While Jimmy is known for using a variety of amps in both the studio and on stage throughout his tenure with the Led Zeppelin name, he did tend to lean towards a few particular amp models over others.
In this article, we will explore some of the amps that Jimmy Page was known for using, as well as some current modern-day production models you can get right now to help you nail the sound of Jimmy Page.
What Amps Did Jimmy Page Use?
Page used a plethora of amps and despite there being more than 50 years since Led Zeppelin’s debut album, the gear and equipment he used has been fairly well-documented thanks to their avid fanbase.
During the earlier tours of Led Zeppelin, Jimmy used a series of Hiwatt Custom 100 DR118 amplifiers.
These were reportedly played from January 1970 to September 1971 and came with volume, brilliance, bass, mid, treble, presence, and master volume controls.
Brilliance in particular is essentially just another presence control but helps boost those super-high frequencies while rolling off a little bit of the low end. A feature not found on most modern-day amplifiers.
Led Zeppelin II and III
Jimmy’s relationship with Marshall amplifiers is well known and throughout Led Zeppelin II and III he liked to use the old-faithful 100 Watt Marshall amplifier.
It’s also likely Jimmy used a Vox UL4120 during the Led Zeppelin II and III periods, although Jimmy himself mentions that he believes he used a Super Beatle amp.
He also used an Orange AD30 when on tour with the Black Crowes as recently as 1999, and since then he has switched between the Single Channel and Twin Channel versions of the same amp.
What amp settings did Jimmy Page use?
It would be impossible to accurately state the exact amp settings that Jimmy used throughout his time as a musician, after all such an extensive career both live and in the studio would demand many different types of tone.
Typically, Jimmy’s settings leaned towards the treble side but without scooping too many mids. Some suggested settings for recreating a similar tone to Page are:
Bear in mind that the Led Zeppelin sound isn’t really ‘one size fits all’ and these settings will vary from track to track, but it’s a good place to start.
Experiment with gain depending on your amp until you feel you are at the right spot. The tone will vary from amp to amp, but remember that it’s easy to end up using too much distortion so err on the lower-gain side where possible.
Of course, much of Jimmy Page’s tone came from his expressive playing, but that’s not to say that choosing the correct gear won’t get you close to that famous sound as well.