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1968 Gibson EDS-1275 Double Neck
Jimmy Page, The Rain Song, July 20, 1973, Boston Garden,
Boston, Massachusetts
General Specs
Body: Solid Mahogany, double cutaway shape with pointed ends, no binding
Finish: Heritage Cherry
Neck: 1-piece mahogany
Fingerboard: Rosewood with double parallelogram pearl inlays
Frets: 20
Bridge: ABR-1 Tune-o-matic Bridge
Headstock: Unbound with 'Gibson' logo pearl inlay
Tuners: Kluson Deluxe
Hardware: Nickel-plated
Pickguard: 5-ply black acrylic with beveled edges
Pickups: Double-black Patent Applied For (PAF) humbucking pickups
Controls: (2) Volume & (2) Tone Gold Speed knobs, 3-position toggle switch for the necks (located on lower horn), 3-position toggle switch for pickups (located between bridges)
Years in use: 1971-Present
Dimensions: 16"W x 17"L x 1-5/16"D, 34 lbs
Serial Number: 911117
For decades, the doubleneck has offered a great leap in versatility--two instruments in one--but at a price. It's quite large, hard to find, usually expensive, and often heavy. Furthermore, some might argue that the two-headed rare bird is, shall we say, less than aesthetically pleasing. Gibson set out in 1958 to build doublenecks in a fashion that would preserve or even enhance the company's considerable prestige, and the result was a pair of remarkable instruments, the first doublenecks ever produced on a commercial basis by a major manufacturer: the EDS(Electric Double Spanish)-1275 Double Twelve, Gibson's first electric 12-string, and the EMS(Electric Mandolin Spanish)-1235 Double Mandolin, which wasn't a mandolin at all. They were both innovative and well constructed. While very different, to be sure, the new guitars were Gibsons through and through.

The Gibson Double Twelve and Double Mandolin were the first factory-produced electric doublenecks to appear on the market (in 1958). Jimmy Page recorded Stairway To Heaven in Nov.-Dec. 1970 at Headley Grange, East Hampshire, England with the Harmony Sovereign H1260 Flattop, 1965 Fender Electric XII and 1959 Fender Telecaster guitars. In order to to avoid having to switch guitars mid-song, Jimmy Page went to Gibson for a solution. Receiving inspiration from blues man Earl Hooker, he received a Gibson EDS-1275 Double Neck guitar, custom-built as Gibson was producing them in a per-order basis.

Jimmy Page debuted the Double Neck on March 5, 1971 at Belfast, Ireland's Ulster Hall for Stairway To Heaven (1971-2007). Additionally, he has used it on The Song Remains The Same (1972-2007), The Rain Song (1972-1996), Tangerine (1975) and Celebration Day (1971). Dave Lewis' Led Zeppelin: A Celebration  said that Carouselambra was recorded in part with the Double Neck, beginning at 4:06 and Waiting On You, from Coverdale/Page.

The basics on that track (Waiting On You) were played on a Strat-type Jackson, then I doubled the "slide" parts with the 12-string half of my Gibson EDS-1275 double-neck. - Jimmy Page, Guitar World, May 1993

The 12-string neck was used on the solo for Please Read The Letter from Walking Into Clarksdale.

The guitar has remained stock since day one, except for the pickup covers, which were removed ca. November 1971.

According to 1998 Guitarist Magazine interview, "I don't know whether we'll ever take this on tour again" ponders Binky (Page's guitar technician). "Like No. 1, it's been valued at upwards of 50 000 and that's a LOT of money to have on tour. Then again, if we can't match the sound, we'll have to...but sometimes I get a bit nervous."


1968 Gibson EDS-1275 Double Neck
Jimmy Page, Stairway To Heaven, March 5, 1971, Ulster Hall, Dublin, Ireland
1968 Gibson EDS-1275 Double Neck
Jimmy Page, The Song Remains The Same, August 4, 1979, Knebworth House Grounds, Stevenage, England
1968 Gibson EDS-1275 Double Neck
Jimmy Page, Stairway To Heaven, December 8-9, 1983, Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York
1968 Gibson EDS-1275 Double Neck
Jimmy Page, Stairway To Heaven, November 5, 1988, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Fieldhouse, Troy, New York
1968 Gibson EDS-1275 Double Neck
Led Zeppelin, Stairway To Heaven, December 10, 2007, O2 Arena, London, England
1968 Gibson EDS-1275 Double Neck
Led Zeppelin, The Song Remains The Same, December 10, 2007, O2 Arena, London, England
1968 Gibson EDS-1275 Double Neck
1968 Gibson EDS-1275 Double Neck

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October 23, 1970 - Led Zeppelin III is released in the US
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October xx, 1971 - Page and Plant venture around Thailand and India after the Japan tour
October 18, 1972 - Zeppelin rehearse at the Rainbow Theater for a UK tour
October xx, 1973 - Each member performs an individual film sequence for their concept film
October 31, 1974 - Swan Song hosts a party for the launch of its UK division
October xx, 1975 - Led Zeppelin decide not to tour and concentrate on recording new material
October 20, 1976 - The Song Remains The Same premieres at New York’s Cinema One
October xx, 1977 - Jimmy starts assembling a Led Zeppelin live album from recordings as far back as 1969
October xx, 1978 - Jones and Bonham record with Paul McCartney at Abbey Road Studios
October xx, 1978 - Rehearsals for In Through The Out Door in London
October xx, 1979 - All nine Led Zeppelin albums enter the Billboards Top 200 -- no other band has ever achieved this
October 10, 1980 - A private funeral is held for John Bonham at Rushock church in Worcestershire
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