Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by cygnusx1, Jan 25, 2015.
So please weigh in
Heavy and bulky.
We need to know the reasons you want to buy a doubleneck before we can weigh in with a coherent response.
Looks killer on stage. Not great for anything else. I did own one for quite some time.
dumb in most every way.
Well, the 12 string electric thing seems cool but looking for real world experience.
Variax. 12-string at the touch of a button.
It helps if you have a specialized stand for it...
No pun intended, huh?
I "built" one for myself last year in order to be able to switch between open-E bottleneck and EADGBE tuning during the middle of a song. I made it by sawing pieces from a Strat body and a Tele body and gluing them together.
By starting with bodies that were very light, the total weight ended up fairly manageable. The body was just under 4 pounds
, so figure another 3 1/2 to 4 pounds for the two necks, then with hardware the whole thing is likely around 9 or so. It feels less heavy than my Les Paul copy.
The tricky part is getting it positioned on a strap so both necks can be played comfortably. It needed a strap button on the back of the upper neck's headstock, and an extension from the strap to that button. Honestly I haven't got it totally worked out yet so I rarely play the thing.
Bottom line? Play before you pay and make sure it's useable.
I have no need of one, but they look very cool. I like the double SG Mike McCready uses with Mad Season. I read that when recording All Alone he played the 6 string neck with the pups turned off and was getting the harmonics off that with what is happening on the 12-string neck.
Junior Brown's guitar/steel is the only double neck I've ever thought looked good and it looks GREAT to me!
I see your username.
Only a doubleneck will do.
For years I used a Jerry Jones Double neck like this one, 6 over bass 6.
It was heavy and awkward even with a hollow body. It had to be slung super high to be able to play the lower neck. The bonus was you could switch between the 6 and bass 6 in the same song...but none of our songs ever required it. In the end, I sold the JJ and had a custom bass 6 built:
I just swallowed my gum......I'm in LOVE!!!
Josh Falcon ( Jfalcs from TGP) made it for me. Josh knows Stike (also from TGP) who did the super cool silver sparkle! It's an absolute dream to play. The fact is, I would have kept the JJ double neck if Josh wouldn't have been willing to do the bass 6 with a bigsby. It's been almost 6 years old now.
I always wanted a Gibson EDS-1275 just like Jimmy Page's and I eventually bought one used. It was fairly light weight for a Gibson double-neck at about 12 pounds and it sounded good too, but the weight and bulkiness made it a case queen that almost never got played so I ended up selling it.
If you want one to actually play make sure it's light enough and works for you otherwise it will likely just sit in the case, which is fine too if you're into that.
If you are mainly interested in a 12 string, just buy a 12 string. Lots of options out there, from the lower end Danelectros to the venerable Rickenbacker models.
A doubleneck for me is mainly a cool looking showpiece.
I had an Ibanez copy of an ES 1275.
Looked very cool, 12-string sounded great. Having both necks on, playing one at low volume with the other (on full volume) providing harmonics and drones was nice, but not really useful in a band setting.
The size, weight, and having to tune a 12-string in pre-electronic tuner days meant it got sold on quickly.
Agreed although it worked for jimmy page.