Who Invented The Double Neck Guitar

 Who Invented The Double Neck Guitar


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DDouble Neck Guitar have existed for at least two centuries, though they should not be confused with their first incarnation as "harp" guitars--a specific term for a family of instruments fitted with any number of open strings to accommodate individual picking. Manufacturers flirted with multi-neck designs during the swing era of the 1930s and 1940s, particularly for steel guitars. However, Gibson is credited with popularizing the first widely used double neck model, the EDS-1275, in 1958, the same year it rolled out several other major guitars, including its ES-335, Explorer and Flying V models, and a good five years before Rickenbacker's introduction of its own 12-string electric guitar.


The Double Neck Guitar of the 1890s reflected the tastes of the times. What became popular were things like harp guitars, lute guitars and mandolin guitars. The playing method differed from instrument to instrument. On the harp guitar, the extra strings were intended to mostly drone along with the guitar. On a mandolin guitar, one neck was played at a time. While none of these instruments set the world on fire, they did achieve enough popularity to establish the concept of a multi-necked guitar as a viable instrument.




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For discerning players, the EDS-1275 changed the game by incorporating a six- and 12-string guitar into its dual-cutaway, double-hollowbody structure, allowing a wider tonal palette without having to retune or switch guitars. A similar philosophy prevailed with the EMS-1235 Double Mandolin, which incorporated two six-string guitars, including one tuned an octave higher to help reproduce a mandolin sound. In 1962, Gibson changed the EDS-1275 to a solid-body design with the cherry-red finish that remains familiar to collectors worldwide, primarily because of the man who remains most associated with it: Jimmy Page.



Page did more than any player of his generation to popularize the EDS-1275, which he used exclusively for live performances. Fittingly, the EDS-1275 got its most prominent workout on one of rock's great anthems, "Stairway To Heaven." Page typically played the song's introduction and first verse on the bottom six-string neck. He would switch to the upper 12-string neck for the majority of the song, alternating between the six- and 12-string necks for the final outro solo and chorus. Page's bandmate, John Paul Jones, eventually started using a triple-necked bass, including one dedicated to a mandolin.         


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