January 18, 2013 by shockboxtv
It’s so strange-looking the first time you see an artist pull out a multi-necked guitar, you think it’s some kind of joke. Then he or she plays it, expertly shifting from one neck to the other as the particular song progresses and it all makes beautiful sense.
Double-necked guitars have been around for a long time, and even though they’re pretty common among studio musicians, it’s always a treat to see one in a live setting. Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin famously used one in the live version of “Stairway to Heaven”, bouncing from the 12-String acoustic/electric to the 6-string electric and back again as the song drives to climax. Not to be outdone, fellow band member John Paul Jones in later tours sported a 3-necked acoustic which added an 8-string mandolin to the mix! Gibson offered a production model of Jimmy’s custom-designed double-neck for many years; I recently checked and it said they weren’t available. If you play a multi-necked instrument, send me a pic of you playing it and I will post it right here with your name. Let me know where you got it and what tunings you’re using, too! Here’s the Wiki and a cool article on the history of Multi-Necks from Premiere Guitar. Write me at firstname.lastname@example.org.