EGR reader Manuel Iglacias managed to scrape together some $30,000 and travel from Mexico to Texas in the hopes of purchasing the “Holy Grail” of his guitar dreams––the #7 edition of Gibson’s new Jimmy Page “Aged” Double Neck.
Unfortunately, things didn’t go quite as planned.
Still, Manuel did manage to walk away with the less-expensive VOS (Vintage Original Spec) version of the Jimmy Page Double Neck, of which he got #049, and he was kind enough to give us a quick rundown of the instrument (re-published from a comment he left here on EGR.)
“…To say the least that night was incredibly heartbreaking and had to settle for one of the VOS babies instead. I got the 049, thanks to the great effort of the people at GC at North Houston and Dallas stores.
The guitar is amazing, right to the last detail, the color is fabulous, (except of course for the replicated dings and Page’s signature) all the weird specifics are in as well: the long distance between the bridge and tail piece, the headstock, the double covered vintage tuners, the speed knobs, even the custom signs on the thrust rod. And the smell of the case combined with the mahogany body and neck are just amazing, just like a meadow.
My one complaint and this one goes specially for the “Aged” model is that for that kind of coin, something special should come with the guitar, like a replica of Jimmy’s case (like they did for Clapton’s ES and Blackie) or a signed photograph with the guitar. Nothing like this is included, it’s just a Gibson custom case with a Led Zep DVD (which you can get anywhere) and an “exclusive” interview of Page on the Double Neck). Come on guys!! Put the extra mile on it, so much work went in the guitar, certainly you can spare a little more for the presentation.
…If you get a chance to own one of these lovelies, my advice is: don’t play it. I know instruments are meant to be played. Yea, not this one! It is a definite collector’s piece and it should be kept in mint condition, keep the box as well, it will help maintain its value. If you want to know what a Page burst bucker sounds like, listen to one of the later edition of the Gibson Custom Shop Jimmy Page LP replica, plugged into a Tube Marshall, my GOD!!! It’s the best sounding guitar I have ever heard by far…”
You can read his whole harrowing story here. Thanks for the review, Manuel!