The original two-in-one guitar from Gibson, now recreated to Gibson Custom’s high levels of craft and quality. Used by legends from Jimmy Page to Alex Lifeson, one of the most improbable guitars to ever be played has etched its place in music history since its introduction decades ago. The EDS-1275 Doubleneck features more than just stunning looks,... Click To Read More About This Product
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The original two-in-one guitar from Gibson, now recreated to Gibson Custom’s high levels of craft and quality. Used by legends from Jimmy Page to Alex Lifeson, one of the most improbable guitars to ever be played has etched its place in music history since its introduction decades ago. The EDS-1275 Doubleneck features more than just stunning looks, with hand-selected body and neck woods, Custom Bucker pickups, and a hand-sprayed nitrocellulose finish for a truly no-compromise recreation that honors the original in tone, feel and spirit.
"A completely new and exciting instrument … combines the conventional six-string guitar neck with a twelve-string neck—six strings double strung which can be tuned either in thirds or an octave apart for reinforced resonance and unusual tonal effects." — Gibson catalog, circa 1962
Of all the guitars introduced by Gibson in 1958 – a key year in the development of Gibson as an indisputable force in electric solid body guitar design – the most talked-about models are still the innovative Explorer and the Flying V. Yet most people forget – or simply don’t know – that 1958 was also the first year of the Gibson double neck guitar, which in its original incarnation was offered in two distinct models.
The Double 12 – the forerunner to today’s EDS-1275 – had what would become the most conventional twin-neck combination: a 6-string neck and a 12-string neck. The more unusual Double Mandolin had two 6-string necks: one regular 6-string and one short scale length with its strings tuned an octave higher than a regular guitar, which was intended to reproduce the sound of a mandolin.
Undoubtedly, the two unique instruments were a sight to behold, but they offered the consummate stage guitarist two instruments in one for versatility and ease of playing. They were also produced on a “custom-built to order only” basis, making them rare finds in today’s vintage guitar marketplace.
Body shape: Double neck
Body type: Solid body
Body material: Solid wood
Top wood: Not applicable
Body wood: Mahogany
Body finish: Gloss Nitrocellulose
Orientation: Right handed
Neck shape: EDS-1275
Neck wood: 3-piece Maple
Scale length: 24.75"
Truss rod: Standard
Neck finish: Gloss
Fret size: Medium
Number of frets: 22
Nut width: 1.687" (42.8mm)
Middle: Not applicable
Brand: Gibson Custom
Active or passive pickups: Passive
Series or parallel: Not applicable
Active EQ: No
Special electronics: 2-way neck selector
Control layout: Volume 1, volume 2, tone 1, tone 2
Pickup switch: 3-way
Coil tap or split: No
Kill switch: No
Bridge type: Fixed
Bridge design: ABR-1
Tuning machines: Kluson deluxe
Number of strings: 6-string, 12-string
Special features: Body shape
Case: Hardshell case
Accessories: Certificate of authenticity
Country of origin: United States
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