December 12, 2023

Gibson EDS-1275 double neck

No better Rock classic than this one!

Who hasn’t seen this guitar monster around? You probably remember it in the hands of Jimmy Page delivering the intricate studio arrangements on “Stairway to heaven”, or maybe you saw it on tour with Alex Lifeson from RUSH and perhaps Elton John’s guitarists, Davey Johnstone.

From the Gibson family, a near-perfect recreation…

An iconic symbol of rock and roll’s power and possibility, the EDS-1275 has always been a jewel in Gibson’s Custom crown, acting as both a tribute to incredible guitar building, and historic guitar playing. Today’s EDS-1275 features a traditional solid mahogany body, with a Nashville Tune-o-matic bridge and period-correct stop-plate tailpieces. Both necks are made from maple and fitted with 20-fret rosewood fingerboards with single-ply white binding and pearloid split parallelogram inlays.

Other standard appointments include Gibson’s 1960 slim-taper profile on both necks and vintage tulip tuners. The neck position humbucker pickup is Gibson’s 490R, which delivers the tonal characteristics of an original PAF, with a slight increase in upper mid-range response. The Gibson 498T is the bridge pickup, and the 490’s ideal complement. Taking the 490 one step further, the 498 swaps the Alnico II magnet to an Alnico V, thus making it slightly hotter with emphasis on mid-ranges and highs. The pole pieces on the 498T are also aligned a little further apart to accommodate the spacing of the strings at the bridge, which is different than the spacing of the strings at the neck.

The EDS-1275 is available in a Heritage Cherry finish with chrome hardware, or Alpine White finish with gold hardware. All come with a specially designed Gibson Custom case and certificate of authenticity.

Present time…

The guitar is currently offered only through the Gibson Custom Shop as a special order model. It features two volume and two tone control knobs, a three-way pickup-selector switch, and a three-way neck-selector switch. It has vintage tulip tuners, pearloid split parallelogram inlays, black pickguards and pickup rings. The Custom Shop also makes a Don Felder “Hotel California” signature model.

This Gibson guitar is really a classic and I am sure everyone would love to have one. Getting one is not an easy or cheap exercise, however I think there is a little brother created by Gibson within its Epiphone line, the G-1275.

If you’re drooling over what you see, as I am, watch these videos:

Played by Jimmy Page on Stairway to heaven:

Visit the Gibson Custom Shop if you are curious about getting a monster like this.

I hope you enjoy it!

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