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    What immortal hand or eye
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    Oddly perverse, but in a cool way!! I won't be bidding...

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    In the mid 1970's, I went to a Hot Tuna concert where Jorma played the whole show on a double-neck guitar consisting of a Gibson SG and a Fender Stratocaster that someone had joined together for him. If my memory serves me correctly, he only played on one of the two necks, though. The next time I saw them, he was back to playing a standard instrument.

    One of my largest and most complex restoration jobs was the Gibson Jack Penewell Twin Six, which is a doubleneck flat top Hawaiian guitar built on a modified Roy Smeck body. Internally, it was a mess. Here's a link to the instrument before the restoration: http://www.frettedamericana.com/prod...on-double-neck

    It still looks pretty much the same. The only thing that was done to the outside of the guitar was a new bridge and a new nut. There were a host of problems with the bracing and bridge plate. The current owner wishes to remain anonymous.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mrmando View Post
    What immortal hand or eye
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    Or, more accurately, asymmetry.

    Says it was his "main gigging instrument for years." Wonder why I never saw him?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mrmando View Post
    What immortal hand or eye
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    Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair.
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    Several years ago I bought a double neck mandolin and guitar that somebody in Oregon built. I couldn't get rid of that bad boy fast enough. This is probably a better instrument than that was
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    Kinda reminds me of something Jimmy Page would get a kick out of.

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    Nahhh ... Page would laugh at this. He's got a factory-built solid-body Gibson.

    Not that this might not be a decent instrument. At least it's a reasonable assumption that both parts of this are in working order, as opposed to someone whipping one up in his shop. If the bidding stays within a sensible level, someone might end up with a fairly good working double-neck. Might look like, ah, you know, but could play just fine. Of course, cough up a grand and a half and it's yours, any old time.

    Allen, he said for a "couple years." That could be one reason why you - nor probably not too many other folks here - saw him. No idea how far from Broomfield CO he travelled with it, nor if he only played at the North Side Tavern on Saturdays. But yeah, this would get noticed, and talked about, for sure.
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    Ewww. Not as bad as the Beast with Two Backs, but still Ewwwww.
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    From the seller's ad copy: "......and now that I made a Gibson version I no longer need this one."

    Naturally.

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    If Carrot Top were a luthier ...
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    Aw, you guys are being too rough on this baby's looks. Looks ain't everything; functionality is more important. I think the problem is the owner didn't go far enough with this. Leaving both parts in their original finishes produces a disjointed appearance. He should have addressed this issue - or the new owner should. My suggestion? Fill in the join - it looks a bit clumsy - smooth the transitional area, and paint it black - jet black, good and glossy. Or maybe metallic purple. Something solid, so it looks like it's of a piece, and leave their original identities behind. No point in keeping the original finishes. It's not like the two can be separated and be successfully independent. Embrace the future!
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    Doublenecks exist in the only slightly perverse side of really cool.

    This really got to me. I went from OMG to OMG on this.

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    Thanks for finding that/those. He did exactly what I suggested - paint the whole thing black, making it all of a piece which integrates both parts into the new whole. I don't understand why he felt it necessary to put that strip along the join - it draws attention to the disparity rather than obliterating it. I think he should have just sanded down that area to make the transition appear seamless, but it's not my call. Nor is the decision to use matte finish paint, which looks really ugly. Whatever!
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    The latest addition to Ripley's Believe It Or Not: The Mighty Doubleneck! No one bid on this marvel (hard to believe), so the seller relisted it (not hard to believe) with the same opening bid and BIN! (really hard to believe). That would imply it's not exactly priced to move.
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    Yesterday, looking into things Hawaiian, chanced into the evolution of pedal steel guitars, which it seems sometimes sprout four necks, like certain mythological beasties. My old International Scout was bad enough with two shifters.

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    Yes, I've seen that from time to time - not live, but on Austin City Limits and such. I assume this is to accommodate different tunings. That would be a heavy beast to transport. The seasonal Cajun/country/bluegrass band I was in for many years included a pedal steel player who played a single-neck with twelve strings, if I recall correctly. He didn't need any more than that; he did just fine with what he had. Good enough for Tammy Wynette, good enough for us

    My favorite doubleneck (well, sans mandolin neck - that is probably the mandolin-mandola doubleneck played by Lief Sorbye of Tempest) is Junior Brown's guitar/steel monster. He's got at least three of them - blond, red, white (in the video), and maybe baby blue. That's the one in the third photo, which is of his luthier, Michael Stevens. And he's quite adept on both, though he favors the guitar neck, from what I've seen. Lots of string-bending. BTW, only eight strings on that steel neck. Usually, steel guitars have ten. From what I've seen.

    I can't believe someone stole one of them, in 2019. How is that person going to play it in public? It will attract attention immediately.

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    This might help answer some questions. He has a stand for this heavy beast. The slide rests in the stand's cradle. And that's Mrs. Brown, Tanya Rae Brown, playing rhythm guitar, busted string and all.



    He doesn't switch between necks enough to suit me. there's more in this one, starting at :40.



    Here's all steel on "Steel Guitar Rag."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard500 View Post
    Yesterday, looking into things Hawaiian, chanced into the evolution of pedal steel guitars, which it seems sometimes sprout four necks, like certain mythological beasties. My old International Scout was bad enough with two shifters.
    Don't believe I've ever seen more than a double-necked pedal steel (typically A6 and E9); those triple and quadruple jobs are plain steels (without pedals or levers) - back in the day they were popular...Dave Gilmore famously played a Fender triple-neck on the Dark Side of the Moon album.

    Here's some avant pedal steel - Susan Alcorn - she's quite prolific and has vids on YT with all the new music practitioners..




    As far as doublenecks, my favorite is the middle part of Carouselambra where Page goes from 12 to 6 - with the lingering overtones of the 12 .. it's a sound unique to that guitar.
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    The perfect instrument for BlueGrass-Rock.

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