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Multiple pictures of multiple guitars with multiple necks
Anyone ever notice that you can trace back the time line of multi-neck instruments to the guitar as the origin? In the history of all of music the guitar has been around for centuries, sure, but has only been held the limelight for a small percentage of said centuries. That being said, considering how many neck/string instruments there have been in history the concept of multiple necks on one body was not readily apparent in the days of, say Vivaldi who had apparently never looked to his violin and thought “you know this is great, but I sure wish I had another neck.” (Edit: Double neck violins actually do exist.)
Perhaps there is some sort of charm to the guitar that gives people a peculiar perspective and encourages us to find ways to go over the top, sometimes just for the sake of doing so. Whatever the reason is I don’t know and I don’t really care. I’m just looking to pay tribute to multi-neck guitars.
The impact of multi-neck guitars
It’s also interesting how a guitarist that plays a multi-neck guitar develops a sort of iconic association to the instrument. Can anyone really think about Jimmy Page without to some extent recalling him and his Gibson EDS-1275? Or the guitar show off Michael Angelo Batio who sought to play as many necks as possible in the least practical way? Or Rick Nielsen whose guitar just couldn’t take a hint when to stop adding necks? Then there’s Steve Vai who has found a sort of middle ground between Batio and Nielsen.
Regardless since Jimmy Page and John McLaughlin had pioneered the interest in multi-neck guitars it’s become a real art of its own as to who can had X number of necks from Y number of instruments onto one body and each time someone does it it sort of becomes an instant trademark for whomever owns said guitar.
For a concept that was introduced in the 60s and was considered dead until the 70s nowadays most companies have built a number of at least double neck guitars at some point or another and considering how eccentric the designs have become I don’t think anyone is going to suddenly lose an interest. I mean aside from the usual guy that surfaces in conversation and says “how many necks do you need?”
It’s not a question of need. Sometimes some people just want a guitar, bass, and violin on one body. Is that really too much to ask?