Review: Gibson Custom EDS-1275 Electric Guitar

The Gibson Custom EDS-1275 Electric guitar!

GIBSON GUITARS

The Gibson Guitar Corporation is an American manufacturer of guitars. Gibson also builds: Epiphone, Kramer, Valley Arts, Tobias, Steinberger, and Kalamazoo guitars.

Company founder Orville Gibson made mandolins in Kalamazoo, Michigan, in the late 1890s. He invented arch top guitars by using the same type of carved, arched tops found on violins. By the 1930s, the company was also making flattop acoustic guitars, as well as one of the first commercially available hollow-body electric guitars.  In the early 1950s, Gibson introduced its first solid-body electric guitar and its most popular guitar to date—the Les Paul. After being purchased by the Norlin corporation in the late 1960s Gibson’s quality and fortunes took a steep decline until early 1986, when the company was rescued by its present owners.

OFF THE RACK

As soon as you hold the Gibson Custom EDS-1275 in your hands, you can feel the quality and craftsmanship. The EDS-1275 is on the heavy side as expected, but the tone is extraordinary. The 12-string neck is a bit tricky to tune. If you tune it in the general area of 440 it will sound rough. But if you take the time to tune it precisely it will not go out of tune. It’s kind of temperamental like most guitars of this caliber. The 12-string neck is not a fast neck, although it’s not meant to be. It is a bit bulky, but overall a great grippy neck for chording and other rhythms.

Having great tone, the 12-string neck is bright in the bridge position and mellow and warm in the neck position. The six string neck is what you would expect from a Gibson SG. It has that classic rock tone, both powerful and crisp. The neck is thinner than earlier SG models, giving you a faster more smooth attack. The action on both necks is really low, which is surprising for an SG in my opinion. All in all, a great guitar if you can afford it.

THE SPECS

  • Solid Mahogany body
  • 3 piece Maple necks
  • Two 20 fret Rosewood Fretboards
  • Nashville Tune-0-matic Bridge
  • Vintage Tulip Tuners
  • Neck pickups – Gibson 490R’s
  • Bridge pickups – Gibson 489T’s
  • Gibson Custom care kit
  • Two Volume knobs
  • Two Tone knobs
  • 3-way selector switch

THE LOW DOWN

The Gibson EDS-1275 is a great throw back to the original Gibson double necks from the early 60’s, with modern upgrades. The epic tone of the EDS-1275 will make your spine tingle with every passing note. The pickups are everything you need to rock out with a vintage twist. The EDS-1275 is not an axe you can play for extended periods of time due to the weight, however the time you do spend with it will be memorable. It is heavy and will take some time to get use to. Switching from the 12-string to the 6 string will wreak havoc on your fingers, so be warned. For all you SG fans out there, you will be pleasantly surprised with the guitars ease of play and epic tone. This is really the one stop shop of double neck guitars. Try one out, you will not be disappointed.

Pros: Great pickups, Double neck 12/6 combo, Epic tone, Well balanced.

Cons: 20 frets, Expensive, Temperamental 12 string tuning.

MSRP – $5624.00

Till next week, thanks for reading and keep on shredding!

Nick Arrietta is a staff writer at SMG. Nick is a professional Music teacher from California and has been playing the Guitar for 24 years. Along with teaching music he is a touring guitarist, studio musician and songwriter. Email: nick@sharemyguitar.com

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  • Suh-weet! Wish I could afford one. My substitute is a metallic blue Danelectro 6-string/baritone that I scored off craigslist for under $300! It may not rock like Page or Lifeson, but it’s cool and it’ll do.

  • Same here Dan, bad ass guitar! It makes me want to play stairway 😉

  • Gold, black and white – awesome configuration for me.

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