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Manson Triple Neck Acoustic Instrument
General Specs
Body: Maple
Finish: Matte
Neck: Mahogany
Fingerboard: Rosewood with custom inlays
Frets: Mandolin - 21
12-String - 21
6-String - 21
Bridge: Rosewood
Headstock: Mahogany with custom inlays
Tuners: Schaller
Hardware: Brass Nut Cover
Pickups: Built-in
Controls: (1) Treble, (1) Mids, (1) Bass, Master Volume on upper horn
Years in use: 1977-2000
Website: http://www.andy
manson.com/
 
"I made this instrument in the mid 70s. I had done a few repairs and set ups for John Paul Jones and was kindly given a complimentary ticket to see Led Zeppelin. I saw John playing a 6 string, 12 string and mandolin all in the same song, picking up one and putting one down. I thought shame you can't hang them all round your neck at once ..... light bulb on ! I designed and made the triple neck and took it to John's house. I said, 'Hi John I thought this might interest you." He said, 'Wow, yes indeed, I can't wait to see Pagey's face when I walk on stage with this!'' It cost £400 and I skipped off down the road feeling like a millionaire. After some time, John asked me to add the fingerboard inlays. This instrument was a real turning point in my guitar making career." - Andy Manson

According to Hugh Manson, the Triple Neck Acoustic Instrument was built in late 1974/75 and was returned in early 1977 to have the fingerboard inlays installed.

John Paul Jones used the Manson Triple Neck, beginning on the second leg of the 1977 US Tour on May 18, 1977 for the acoustic set and for Ten Years Gone in 1977 and 1979. He brought it out again in 1999-2000 for his solo tours for the improvisational piece entitled Triple Neck Song in which he layered individual acoustic tracks with the Symbolic Sound Kyma in real time.

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Andy Manson, 1974
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Andy Manson, 1974
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John Paul Jones, 1999
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John Paul Jones, May 18, 1977, Birmingham-Jefferson Civic Center Arena, Birmingham, Alabama
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John Paul Jones, June 22, 1977, The Forum, Inglewood, California
Manson Triple Neck Acoustic Instrument
John Paul Jones, August 04, 1979, Kenbworth House Grounds, Stevenage, England
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John Paul Jones, October 15, 1999, Paradise Rock Club, Boston, Massachusetts
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John Paul Jones, March 11, 2000, Frankie's Patio, Tampa, Florida
Manson Triple Neck Acoustic Instrument
John Paul Jones, April 02, 2000, Guvernment, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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