Legendary Led Zep guitarist provided hands-on design for new limited edition guitar 15/03/07
Page perfects the grizzled rock star grimace - cheer up Jimbo you've got a new guitar! Photo by Ross Halfin
Gibson Guitar has partnered with legendary Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page to produce a limited-edition replica of Pageâ€™s iconic double-neck guitar. The guitar was created through a partnership with Page and the Gibson Custom Shop in Nashville, Tenn. and is based on the specifications of Pageâ€™s original â€™71 Gibson EDS-1275 double-neck model used onstage for 'Stairway To Heaven' that boasted a 12-string electric on top and a six-string electric on bottom.
The replica took a little over a year to create with hands-on analysis throughout the process from Page himself. The discussion between Page and Gibson Guitar started back in 2004 when Gibson introduced his signature Les Paul Standard. Gibson revisited the idea again in 2005, following the overwhelming success of his Signature Les Paul, and the project began to evolve. The Gibson Jimmy Page Signature Double Neck is a precise duplicate of Pageâ€™s original EDS-1275 guitar. Gibson has made only 25 Limited Edition Aged Double Necks that replicate every detail of Pageâ€™s iconic guitar â€˜ding for dingâ€™, featuring 20-fret rosewood fingerboards on both necks, period-correct headstock style for 12-string with a Page profile neck, master volume and tone controls for each neck, a â€˜masterâ€™ three-position pickup selector switch, as well as a three-position toggle switch for engaging the pickups on either or both necks.
The replicas also feature a weathered Heritage Cherry finish that is unique to the new model and will be enhanced on the 25 Limited Edition Aged models with authentic custom aging by Gibson Custom. Each of the 25 Limited Edition Aged guitars will feature Pageâ€™s signature on the rear of the headstocks, plus a certificate of authenticity signed by Page, as well as, a specially designed Custom Shop case, the acclaimed two-DVD Led Zeppelin box set and a copy of a private interview with Page regarding the Double Neck. These 25 exact replicas will list for $33,500. Gibson has also produced 250 Vintage Original Spec Signature Double Necks that donâ€™t feature the same aging or a signature on the headstock but will be accompanied by a standard certificate of authenticity which will retail for $10,000-$12,000.
Henry Juszkiewicz, Chairman and CEO of Gibson Guitar told us, â€œWorking with Jimmy Page has proven, once again, to be a wonderfully rewarding experience. We are thrilled to be able to offer fans the replica of his legendary double-neck guitar which will put his unique sound and style right at his fanâ€™s fingertips.â€� Gibsonâ€™s Aged Limited Edition Jimmy Page Signature Double Neck specifications:
Model: Aged Limited Edition Jimmy Page Signature Double Neck
Pickups: Jimmy Page Pickups (Unique to his Custom Shop signature models)
Scale: 24 .5â€�
Nut Width: 1.687â€� for six-string, 1.715â€� for 12-string
Bridge: Chrome ABR
Neck Material: One-Piece Mahogany
Body Material: Period-Correct Solid Mahogany
Controls: Master volume and tone controls for each neck
A â€œmasterâ€� three-position pickup selector switch
Three-position toggle switch for engaging the pickups on either or both necks
Colors: Dark Cherry
Pricing and Availability:
250 Vintage Original Spec Models available now $33,500
25 Aged & Signed Models available March 18th $10,000-$12,000 More information: