Jimmy Page’s 1971 Gibson EDS-1275 Doubleneck Custom
Jimmy Page ordered this guitar from Gibson sometime in 1970/71, for the sole purpose of having something to play “Stairway to Heaven” on when performing live. It is now a known story that Jimmy used a variety of different guitars on that song, to the point where he was teased about it, so having to replicate that sound in a concert setting, proved to be a challenge.
We recorded Stairway to Heaven, and because there was like a guitar army on it – as they used to tease me. Because of that, it needed more texture than just one guitar. The double-neck seemed like a perfect compromiseJimmy Page e sua Gibson EDS 1275
Apart from “Stairway to Heaven”, Page also used this guitar to play “The Rain Song”, “Celebration Day”, and “The Song Remains The Same” when playing live with Led Zeppelin.
For one reason or another, Jimmy didn’t opt for a used guitar – these EDS-1275 guitars were produced from 1963–1968, so in 1971, Page hadn’t had the option to purchase one new. Instead, he talked directly to Gibson about making him a custom, out-of-production line model.
Based on the looks and the specs, the guitar didn’t defer at all from the standard production models. It featured a cherry finish on a mahogany body, it had mahogany necks with rosewood fretboards with split parallelogram inlays, two separate three-way switches, and two master volume and two master tone controls.
The only thing that Jimmy changed on the guitar was replacing the original 6-string bridge humbucker with a Seymour Duncan one. But, this didn’t happen probably until the 1980s, so all the iconic Led Zeppelin performances were done on the original Gibson pickup.
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