What is a Double Neck Electric Guitar?
An electric guitar with two necks is called a double neck guitar.
Usually, it has a 12-string on the top and 6-string on the bottom.
Making two guitars into one first started with the hollow-body
In 1962, the solid-body design came out by Gibson. Not many were
made after the 60’s until Jimmy Page rocked one in concert while
playing “Stairway To Heaven” and several other Led Zeppelin tunes.
Not only did his Gibson ED-1275 look cool, but the Zeppelin
classic requires a quick switch from a 12-string to a 6-string
without having to switch guitars, so it was practical as well. Sales
of the double neck soared soon after and several rock stars dared to
pick up this cumbersome instrument including;
• Rick Nielsen of Cheap Trick
• Robbie Robertson of The Band
• Mike Rutherford of Genesis
• Pete Townshend of The Who
• Joe Walsh and Don Felder of The Eagles
• Steve Howe and Chris Squire of Yes
• Alex Lifeson and Geddy Lee of Rush
• Jeff Cook of Alabama
Not all double necks are 12 and 6-string, some such as a 6-string
and bass, a 6-string with fret and its fretless version have been
made. The multi-neck idea doesn’t stop at just two necks. “The
Beast” is a six neck guitar with a 12-string, 7-string, 5-string,
and 4-string bass with two 6-string guitars all on one instrument.
For those keeping record, that’s 40 strings. Keep in mind that these
instruments get heavy in a hurry before you try running around on
stage with one.
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