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Jimmy Page Gibson EDS-1275 Double Neck Guitar​

Jimmy Page EDS-1275

Jimmy Page was able to switch between six and twelve-string guitar necks on the Gibson EDS-1275 guitar without having to use two different instruments. He played multiple guitars in Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven.” These guitars included a Fender electric 12-string, acoustic guitar, and a Fender Telecaster.

Because of the limitation of playing one guitar at a time, replicating the actual recording live and on stage was challenging. So, the Gibson EDS-1275 double neck became an iconic guitar for Jimmy Page and Led Zeppelin performing “Stairway to Heaven”.

Gibson eds-1275 double neck guitar
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Jimmy Page Gibson EDS1275 Double Neck Guitar​

Launch price: N/A
Made InUSA
Colour: Cherry Red
Body: Mahogany
Body Type: Solid Body
Neck: Mahogany
Scale: 24.75”
Nut Width: 1.69”
Weight: 3.7kg
Fingerboard: Rosewood
Frets: 20
Pickups: Custombucker Alnico III (Unpotted)
Electronics:Greasebucket tone circuit
Controls: Switchcraft Toggle Switch – EDS-1275
Hardware: Stop-Bar
Case/gig bag included: Gibson Hard Shell Case
Left-hand option: Yes
Design Reference: Classic Gibson SG Shape Double neck

The song became an absolute hit and the Jimmy Page EDS-1275 gained popularity all over the world. Gibson’s double-neck model debuted in the late 1950s with a distinctive Hollowbody carved-top design. When Gibson switched the Les Paul line to the SG body style in 1961, the double-neck models followed suit.

To learn more about double neck guitars, click here.

Gibson EDS-1275 Body Type

The double-neck guitar has a body made of solid mahogany. Crafters use mahogany to create both acoustic and electric guitars.

This wood type is reliable and less likely to warp than others because of its durability and resistance to wood rot. Therefore, luthiers can rely on it to maintain its structural integrity.

eds 1275 jimmy page
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The widespread use of rosewood is not because of it’s reliability. The tonal properties of the wood also play a major factor. It’s comfortable and inviting, with strong lows, clear mids, and subtle but pleasant highs. So, it has a balanced tone with strong fundamentals.

Tonally, mahogany appears to offer more resonance and sustain. Guitarists typically report that the technique is more even-keeled than that of other tonewoods. Mahogany guitars produce tones that are warmer and more refined than those of other woods.

EDS-1275 Fingerboard

Rosewood fingerboards are surely one of the most desired woods. One easily recognizes the rich and warm feel of the sound emanating from rosewood.

The Gibson EDS-1275 guitar has a rosewood fretboard. Enlarged pores and natural oils make the rosewood fingerboard a celebrated choice. It has a smoother texture and warm tone.

Rosewood’s medium-density composition is much less reflective than harder woods with tightened grain. it results in a slightly lighter attack and the ability for your fingers to “dig in” and feel the fretboard.

jimmy page eds 1275
Image by: Dina Regine

Indian rosewood is the most commonly used by instrument makers. The color of Indian rosewood is rich and dark brown, and the grain is even, giving it a consistent look. This, combined with the availability and low price of Indian rosewood, makes it a favorite choice among instrument makers. Brazilian rosewood is another popular variety, but its scarcity makes it very expensive.

Rosewood, irrespective of species, is an open-grained wood that is not as smooth as maple wood. When simply trying to bend the strings on a Rosewood fingerboard, the strings are much simpler to control. If you like specific playing techniques, a Rosewood fretboard lets you control your strings better.

Rosewood is susceptible to many types of rot. Serpula lacrymans, and dry rot are many of the issues. It can be prevented with dry rot treatment.

Color

This Gibson EDS-1275 guitar is of Cherry Red Colour. But, the guitar was available in four different finishes and these are white, cherry red, jet black, and sunburst. It is a very iconic guitar.

Gibson EDS-1275 Cherry Red body

Pickups

The Jimmy Page double neck guitar has an Unpotted Custombucker Alnico III pickup. Unpotted humbucking pickups are more vintage correct, clearer, sensitive, and microphonic than the potted ones. 

Check out the best double-neck guitar of 2023.

Gibson Custom Shop’s Historic Reissue guitars typically feature the Gibson Custombucker, known for its world-renowned Patent Applied For tone. Engineers at Gibson devoted years to developing a method that faithfully reproduces the sonic magic of the original 1950s Patent Applied For humbuckerTM pickups.

Alnico III pickup
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Each Custombucker uses Alnico 3 magnets to faithfully reproduce the warm, lovely tone of early humbuckers. Many brands include double neck guitars with Seymour Duncan pickups with similar copies of this guitar.

The Custombucker, like the original Patent Applied For humbuckers, employs 42 AWG wire and unsteady coils. They left it unpotted to achieve an authentic pickup that pleases even the pickiest players and offers tone control.

Weight

The Jimmy Page double-neck guitar weighs approximately 3.7 kg. Guitars can weigh between 5 to 12 pounds (2.3 to 5.5 kilograms).

The typical electric guitar now weighs about 8 pounds or 3.6 kilograms. As a result, the Jimmy Page EDS-1275 weighs about the same as the average guitar. Its weight is perfectly balanced, being neither too light nor too heavy.

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Design Reference

Classic Gibson SG Shape Double Neck is the design reference for the Jimmy Page EDS-1275 guitar. From 1958 to 1961, Gibson’s first double-neck guitars used to have a hollow body and two 6-string necks. One of which was a short-scale neck able to tune to a higher octave.

Until 1967, the guitar had a solid body. The EBS-1250 was a model with a 4-string bass and a 6-string guitar neck. It also had a unique built-in fuzztone. It was manufactured it from 1962 to 1968 and then again from 1977 to 1978.

They designed the solid-body EDS-1275, which resembled the SG model, in 1963, and it remained available until 1968. The custom-order guitar was available in four different finishes, and these are white, cherry red, jet black, and sunburst.

They make the SG from solid mahogany. The mahogany neck with a 24.75″ scale joins the body just at the 19th or 22nd fret.

Early versions had a shorter tenon and a relatively small neck joint. This neck style allowed access just above the 16th fret. As a result, when building the EDS-1275, they followed the SG shape.
If you want to check out more 12-string guitars that made their mark in history, click here.

Pros & Cons of the Jimmy Page EDS-1275

Pro’s

Versatile double-neck design: The double-neck guitar features a unique design that allows musicians to effortlessly switch between playing a traditional six-string guitar and a rich-sounding twelve-string guitar, making it ideal for diverse musical styles and performances.

Premium craftsmanship: Crafted with meticulous attention to detail, the guitar boasts a solid mahogany body and neck, ensuring both durability and exceptional resonance for a superior playing experience.

Authentic vintage tones: Equipped with Custombucker Alnico III pickups, this instrument delivers an array of authentic vintage tones, adding depth and character to the player’s sound, making it perfect for capturing the essence of classic rock and blues music.

Con’s

Cost: Price may be high, making it less accessible for budget-conscious musicians

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