Guitar Aficionado

The Guitar Collection: Jimmy Page's Gibson EDS-1275

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This fall, Epic Ink will unveil The Guitar Collection, a lavishly oversized tome showcasing the most culturally important, historically significant, and visually stunning guitars ever made, from Billy Gibbons’ “Pearly Gates” 1959 Gibson Les Paul, to Stevie Ray Vaughan’s “Number One” 1962 Fender Stratocaster, to Eric Clapton’s “Crossroads” 1964 Gibson ES-335TDC. Presented in a custom-made leather guitar-style case, this package is a superb collector’s limited edition that is a fitting homage to these instruments from the world’s most exclusive public and private collections.

Guitar Aficionado’s new Nov/Dec issue, on stands soon, contains an in-depth story on the making of this ambitious new tome as well an excerpt of the guitars featured within. As an added bonus, we’ll be spotlighting one more legendary instrument from the Collection here every Wednesday.

Copies of the book are available at www.theguitarcollectionbook.com as well at select high-end retailers like John Varvatos.

And now, without further ado…

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GIBSON EDS-1275
From the Collection of Jimmy Page
Made in 1971 and played by Jimmy Page

On Led Zeppelin’s classic “Stairway to Heaven,” Jimmy Page used an acoustic Harmony guitar, a Fender Telecaster, and a Fender electric 12-string. That made it impossible to recreate the recording in live performances, where Page was limited to one guitar at a time. However, he found a partial solution in Gibson’s EDS-1275 double-neck, which allowed him to switch from six strings to twelve strings without changing guitars.

Gibson’s double-neck model started off in the late 1950s with a unique hollowbody carved-top design, but when Gibson transformed the Les Paul line to the pointed-horn SG body style in 1961, the double-neck models followed suit. The lighter body weight of the SG design made the EDS-1275 more comfortable to play than the earlier version. Due to increased popularity, what had been a custom-order model became a regular production guitar.

Page replaced the humbucking pickups on the six-string side of his EDS-1275 with coverless Seymour Duncan units, but otherwise this is the stock production model—despite the “Custom” inscription on the truss-rod covers.

Gibson stopped offering the EDS-1275 in 1969—this guitar was special-ordered in 1971—but thanks to its use by Page (and later by Slash of Guns N’ Roses), demand for double-necks did not go away. Gibson revived the model in 1977, and it remains in production today.

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