Vintage Gibson Double Neck Guitars

 

1937 Gibson ESH-150 Double Neck guitar

1937 Gibson ESH-150 Double neck guitar.

One-of-a-kind pre-war rarity!

 

1937 Gibson ESH-150 double neck guitar

1937 Gibson ESH-150 Double Neck guitar

This is the first Gibson electric double neck guitar

and the first Gibson solid body guitar ever made.

 

 

"Spruce top" Style 1957-1963

 

 

This is a group shot of some of the Spruce Tops I have come across or own.

Colors: Sunburst, Cherry Sunburst, Black, White, Cherry, and Natural.

This is a group shot of some of the Spruce Top

EDS Series I have come across or own.

 

Colors: Sunburst, Cherry Sunburst, Black, White, and Cherry.

 

Some of the earlier '58-'59 Spruce Top double necks

do not have serial numbers.

 

The EMS (Double Mandolin) series has many variants.

Octave neck.

Mandolin neck.

Tenor with banjo neck.

Mandolin with 12-string.

Cosmetic headstock, inlay, tuner, binding and fingerboard variants.

 

Here are the various body styles that Gibson used for the EMS series.

 

1958 Gibson EMS-1235. Sunburst is somewhat faded.

No serial number.

 

1958 Gibson EMS-1235. No serial number.

 

1958 Gibson EMS-1235. Just like

Johnny Echols of the band,"Love."

No serial number.

 

1958 Gibson EMS-1235.

No serial number.

 

1959 Gibson EMS-1235. Very well loved, indeed!

No case, the owner's wife burned it!

No serial number

 

1959 Gibson EDS1275 double neck guitar.

Serial number: 9 0203

 

1959 Gibson EDS1275 double neck guitar.

Serial number: 9 0229

 

1959 Gibson EMS-1235.

number: 9 0522

 

1959 Gibson EDS-1275.

Serial number: 9 1730

 

Harvey & EMS with the Mavericks

 

1959 Gibson EMS-1235. This EMS has

very rare L-5 cosmetic appointments.

Serial number: 9 1434 

 

Factory 1960's refin.

Serial number: 8 6772

 

1961 Gibson EMS-1235. Added Bigsby...like many.

Serial number: 11096

 

1961 Gibson EMS-1235. Byrdland cosmetics and SCALE.

Custom one off and one-of-a-kind!

Serial number: 13694

 

1961 Gibson EMS-1235. Bigsby removed, and added sparkle pickguard.

1961 Gibson EMS-1235. Added Bigsby...like many. Style 3 body.

Serial number: 17670

 

 

              

There have been many albums over the years that featured

Spruce Top double neck guitars!

 

 

     

Cool magazines and posters!

 

 

Les Paul with a 1950's Spruce Top EDS-1275 Double 12 Doubleneck!

 

 

950's Gibson EMS-1235 Double Neck guitars

1950's Gibson EMS-1235 Double Neck guitar wallpaper.

 

 

"SG" Style 1962-1971

 

Introduced in 1962-1963, these double neck guitars were made of solid

mahogany and stylistically were sister instruments to SG line of guitars.

Again, the EMS (Double Mandolin) series has the most variants.

Colors: Sunburst, Black, White, Cherry, Pelham Blue, walnut and Natural.

 

One of the first SG style!

Serial number: Unknown

 

Built in "FUZZ." Refin.

Serial number: 66930  

 

Beautiful in sunburst.

Serial number: 78324  

 

Formerly owned by Barbara Mandrell.

Custom pickguard!

Serial number: 899025

 

Barbara Mandrell live in 1988.

 

Elvis with a circa 1965 EBS-1250 with Bass 6 neck!!!!!!

The rarest SG style double neck! (Note Les Paul inlays on necks!)

Serial number: Unknown

 

Ace Frehley of KISS with his guitar collection.

Note black EMS-1235 on floor.

Serial number: Unknown

 

This a a shot of the various tail pieces used on the double necks.

 

Bigsbys occasionally had a metal plate underneath

them to cover up the tail piece holes.

 

Factory "cut down" B7 Bigsbys on the left four.

Factory B5 Bigsby on right.

Roughly half the EMS series had Bigsbys and roughly

split 50/50 between the two styles.

 

 

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