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If there's any instrument that's entirely and utterly synonymous with music through the ages, it's the guitar. It has seen wars, genres, people from all walks of life and even varied versions of its original form.
Which brings us to doubleneck guitars. Believe it or not, these seemingly more 'evolved' versions of the string instrument have actually been around just as long as the single neck version! It's just that most players consider one neck, which is enough to keep their hands full.
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Such guitars basically have two fretboards and it exists in both acoustic and electric forms. Either both necks are on the same side of the guitar, on top of each other or with one neck on either side of the instrument. The six and twelve string variety (a regular six-string guitar neck is mounted underneath a twelve-string guitar neck) of such guitars are the most common version; but the six and four strings come in a close second.
One of the earliest examples of such a guitar dates back as far as 1690 and was built in the style of the famed Alexander Voboam. It was small-sized and had a guitar grafted to its treble side. These multi-neck versions kept on showing up sporadically through time but never took on large-scale production.
It was Jimmy Page of Led Zepppelin fame who re-introduced the instrument to popular culture when he delivered the epic 'Stairway to Heaven' solo on his own doubleneck guitar--The Gibson EDS 1275. This is probably why this brand is most popular for such guitars today. Other famous musicians who enjoyed experimenting with these double-neck axes are Nigel Tufnel (of Spinal Tap) Michael Angelo Batio and John McLaughlin.
Experts believe the impetus for a guitar with more than one set of strings arose due to two main needs, that of tuning and tone. It helped players find easy alternatives for pitches and sounds making it possible to be more creative, more easily.
At the end of the day, it's simply another version of a popular instrument and drawing comparisons would be pointless. Still, we probe our readers with the ubiquitous question--do you think two necks is better than one? Comment below if you have an opinion.
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