This lightweight Gibson EDS-1275 Custom Shop is the guitar that we all know so well. Even if you are not into guitars you will know the pictures of Jimmy Page holding this double neck guitar faced to the heavens and playing Led Zeppelin’s hit song ‘Starway to Heaven’. This is by far the ‘coolest guitar in rock’.
The EDS-1275 famously allowed Jimmy Page to perform Stairway To Heaven live without the need for a clumsy mid-song guitar change. Page also used the weighty instrument live for renditions of other Led Zeppelin classics such as The Rain Song, Gallows Pole and The Song Remains The Same. Awesome, ultra cool, iconic!
Gibson’s first double neck guitars were produced from 1958 to 1961 with a hollow body and two 6-string necks; from 1962 to 1967 it had a solid body. In 1963, the solid-body EDS-1275 was designed, resembling the SG model. This version of the doubleneck was available until 1968. Though based on the famous Gibson SG design, both necks of the 1275 have a shorter scale fret board than the SG and fixed tail pieces. The guitar was available in jet black, cherry, sunburst, and white. In 1974, Gibson started making the guitar again, in a number of additional colors, with production lasting until 1998. Since then, Alpine white and Heritage Cherry versions were made by Gibson USA in Nashville, Tennessee, until 2003, in the Nashville Custom Shop from 2004 to 2005, and in the Memphis, Tennessee, Custom Shop beginning in 2006. The EDS-1275, while never selling in great quantities, was used by a number of notable musicians. Chicago bluesman Earl Hooker is seen holding one on the cover of the 1969 albums Two Bugs and a Roach and The Moon is Rising, and Elvis Presley sports a cherry doubleneck in the 1966 movie Spinout. The EDS-1275 was popularized by Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin, most notably during live performances of ‘Stairway to Heaven’. The doubleneck obviated the need to switch guitars mid-song. At the beginning he used the bottom 6-string neck for the intro and first verse, then switched to the top 12-string neck, then to the 6-string neck for the extended guitar solo, and back to the 12-string for the final chorus.
It takes some getting used to this intrument but when you do she is (or: they are?) awesome in tone and playability. This guitar is in excellent plus condition. Some very minor buckle rash on the back and pick scratches on the pickguitar. Comes with the original Gibson Custom case, Planet Waves strap and Dunlop Strap locks.
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- This guitars comes with a fresh set of strings