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So far I’ve been posting broad articles on the electric guitar, so today I want to focus on two – or four as the case may be-- the Gibson EDS 1275 Double Neck played by one of the most famous guitar music legends of all time, and the Epiphone G 1275 Double Neck.
The EDS 1275 is an iconic image for any rock guitarist with visions of Jimmy Page performing “Stairway to Heaven,” “The Rain Song,” and “The Song Remains the Same.” As an aside, it’s a bit amusing (to me at least) that so slight a man would play two of the heaviest electric guitars out there, the other being the Gibson Les Paul.
Anyway . . .
While Page made the EDS 1275 famous, it was actually introduced in 1958. In 1962 the guitar received a new body design based on the Gibson SG electric guitar electric guitar, the design that remains until this day.
The EDS 1275 is like getting two guitars for one: a 6-string and a 12-string, and it has the body weight and price tag to prove it. The guitar sells for around $3300.
The EDS 1275 Double Neck Guitar specs:
The EDS-1275 has two volume knobs, two tone knobs and two three-way pickup selector switches. It also has a three-way neck selector switch that activates one or both necks at the same time. Both necks are equipped with 490R/498T Alnico II humbuckers. The necks are maple and the body is mahogany, like the Gibson SG.
In 2007, Gibson Gibson released a custom Jimmy Page Signature Double Neck that replicates his own 1971 model. The two EDS 1275 models are configured differently. The Signature Double Neck has a tapered neck, four Page pickups and a 5-ply pickguard. The guitar’s wood has also been aged and comes in two colors, Alpine White and Heritage Cherry. Only 25 of the Gibson Limited Edition Jimmy Page Signature Double Neck guitars were made compared to 250 of the Custom EDS 1275 double neck electric guitars. Page personally inspected and signed both guitar headstocks on each of the 25. The guitar comes with a certificate of authenticity, custom guitar case, custom care kit, the 2-DVD Led Zeppelin box set, and private interview with Jimmy Page in which he talks about the Double Neck. One would hope so given Gibson’s MSRP was $33,500. Building a stairway to heaven might be cheaper! Both models are hand-made in Nashville.
For those who can’t afford the price tags of the Gibson EDS 1275 Double Neck guitar models, Epiphone has put out a much less expensive version, the Epiphone G 1275 Custom SG electric guitar. The guitar is modeled after Page’s double neck and visually is almost if not identical its construction features an alder body and mahogany necks, and does not have a three-way neck selector switch. It has four pickups-- a pair of Alnico Classic humbuckers and a pair of Alinco Classic Plus humbuckers. The difference are reflected its retail price of about $1100.
And as I must always lament, if you’re a left handed guitar player, there is no stairway to heaven. Not even a rope ladder. The Gibson EDS 1275 Double Neck guitar does not have a left handed model, nor do the Page Signature and the Epiphone G-1275 Double Neck guitar models.