Vintage Gibson Double Neck Guitars

 Vintage Gibson Double Neck Guitars

 

 

"Spruce top" Style 1957-1963

 

 

 

 

 

This is a group shot of some of the Spruce Tops I have come across or own.

 

 

 

 

Colors: Sunburst, Cherry Sunburst, Black, White, Cherry, and Natural.

 

 

 

 

This is a group shot of some of the Spruce Top EDS Series I have come across or own.

 

 

 

 

Colors: Sunburst, Cherry Sunburst, Black, White, and Cherry.

 

 

 

 

 

Some of the earlier '58-'59 Spruce Top double necks do not have serial numbers.

 

 

 

 

 

The EMS (Double Mandolin) series has many variants.

 

 

 

Octave neck.

 

 

Mandolin neck.

 

 

Tenor with banjo neck.

 

 

Mandolin with 12-string.

 

 

Cosmetic headstock, inlay, tuner, binding and fingerboard variants.

 

 

 

Here are the various body styles that Gibson used for the EMS series.

 

 

 

 

1958 Gibson EMS-1235. Sunburst is somewhat faded. No serial number.

 

 

 

 

1958 Gibson EMS-1235. No serial number.

 

 

 

 

1958 Gibson EMS-1235. Just like Johnny Echols of the band, "Love."

 

 

 

 

No serial number.

 

 

 

 

1958 Gibson EMS-1235. No serial number.

 

 

 

 

1959 Gibson EMS-1235. Very well loved, indeed! No case, the owner's wife burned it!

 

 

 

 

No serial number.

 

 

 

 

1959 Gibson EDS1275 double neck guitar. Serial number: 9 0203

 

 

 

 

1959 Gibson EDS1275 double neck guitar. Serial number: 9 0229

 

 

 

 

1959 Gibson EMS-1235. Serial number: 9 0522

 

 

 

 

1959 Gibson EDS-1275. Serial number: 9 1730

 

 

 

 

Harvey & EMS with the Mavericks

 

 

 

 

1959 Gibson EMS-1235. This EMS has very rare L-5 cosmetic appointments.

 

 

 

 

Serial number: 9 1434 

 

 

 

 

Factory 1960's refin. Serial number: 8 6772.

 

 

 

 

1961 Gibson EMS-1235. Added Bigsby...like many. Serial number: 11096

 

 

 

 

1961 Gibson EMS-1235. Bigsby removed, and added sparkle pickguard.

 

 

 

 

1961 Gibson EMS-1235. Added Bigsby...like many. Style 3 body. Serial number: 17670

 

 

 

 

               

 

 

There have been many albums over the years that featured

 

 

 

 

Spruce Top double neck guitars!

 

 

      

 

 

Cool magazines and posters!

 

 

 

 

Les Paul with a 1950's Spruce Top EDS-1275 Double 12 Doubleneck!

 

 

 

 

 

"SG" Style 1962-1971

 

 

 

 

 

Introduced in 1962-1963, these double neck guitars were made of solid

 

 

 

 

mahogany and stylistically were sister instruments to SG line of guitars.

 

 

 

 

Again, the EMS (Double Mandolin) series has the most variants.

 

 

 

 

Colors: Sunburst, Black, White, Cherry, Pelham Blue, walnut and Natural.

 

 

 

 

 

One of the first SG style! Serial number: Unknown

 

 

 

 

Built in "FUZZ." Refin. Serial number: 66930  

 

 

 

 

Beautiful in sunburst. Serial number: 78324  

 

 

 

 

Formerly owned by Barbara Mandrell. Custom pickguard!

 

 

 

 

Serial number: 899025

 

 

 

 

Barbara Mandrell live in 1988.

 

 

 

 

Elvis with a circa 1965 EBS-1250 with Bass 6 neck!!!!!!

 

 

 

 

The rarest SG style double neck! (Note Les Paul inlays on necks!)

 

 

 

 

Serial number: Unknown

 

 

 

 

Ace Frehley of KISS with his guitar collection. Note black EMS on floor.

 

 

 

 

Serial number: Unknown

 

 

 

 

This a a shot of the various tail pieces used on the double necks.

 

 

 

 

Bigsbys occasionally had a metal plate underneath them to cover up the tail piece holes.

 

 

 

 

Factory "cut down" B7 Bigsbys on the left four. Factory B5 Bigsby on right.

 

 

Roughly half the EMS series had Bigsbys and roughly split 50/50 between the two styles.

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