Gibson's 110th Birthday: Five of the Best Obscure Gibson Models

We look at some of Gibson's strange and wonderful offerings   11-Oct-12

And at number one


1. Gibson EDS-1275

No we're not kidding, we really think that the Gibson EDS-1275 is the coolest obscure Gibson. It's aesthetically quite hideous, which is a standard litmus test for a collectable guitar, and it was famously used by Jimmy Page, which gives it an instant seal of approval, even if it was huge and unwieldily.

You can now pretty much only get away with using it ironically or for a joke, and that's why it's the coolest, because the excess of the two necks and the gold hardware has come to symbolise all that is wrong with rock and roll, and it has become the most obscure Gibson model thought being (wrongfully) shame out of the spotlight.

If you turned up on stage with one of these at a local bar, you'd be laughed off the stag before you even struck a chord, and that's a tragedy for any guitar. We understand the EDS-1275's pain, and we want to make it better by letting it know that actually, it's pretty cool.

The idea of a 12-string guitar and a 6-guitar fused together is pure genius, if a little insane, and allows for all sorts of maniacal playing.

Don't deny it, you secretly think this guitar is cool, you're just too scared that people will laugh at you if you own up to it!


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Wayne Dulles    Said...

Don't know if I can agree with your assessment of the EDS-1275. John McLauglin played it before Jimmy Page did -- many blues/jazz guys did (Earl Hooker is another that comes to mind.) After Page's custom one was built many other rock guitarists took it up as a way to get multi tones without having to switch instruments. Better pickup and amp technology has more or less obviated the need for a doubleneck, which is a huge and unwieldy thing to carry around on stage, but Gibson still makes them after nearly 50 years. So not sure anybody's getting laughed off stage for having one.

13-Oct-12 04:18 PM

madmax    Said...

I have to agree with Wayne on the EDS-1275. There is no way it's obscure. Besides being rare, obscure means that not many people know about it. Also, the Melody Maker shouldn't be on the list. What about Gibson's attempts at entering the superstrat market?

24-Oct-12 02:49 PM

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