Wow, I definitely didn’t see this one coming… while I was on vacation Gibson appears to have released yet another Custom Shop version of their iconic SG double-neck EDS-1275 –– this time a re-creation of the instrument Don Felder played on The Eagles’ classic ‘Hotel California’.
Like other recent replicas to come out of Gibson’s illustrious Custom Shop, the Don Felder SG Double Neck is being offered in a strictly limited run of just 100 “aged” instruments, plus another 50 guitars to be both aged and signed by Felder himself.
Interestingly, since Felder’s EDS-1275 was a 1977 re-issue of the extremely rare original double-neck, this makes Gibson’s new ‘Hotel California’ SG Double Neck a replica of a re-issue… and a rather expensive one at that ;)
The guitar is of course decked out with period-correct appointments, including four PAF-style humbuckers (with 42-gauge enamel wire and Alnico II magnets) and a body of resonant mahogany, but is updated to match Felder’s own modifications, including a second output jack (where the bridge pickup tone control would normally be) that can be used to route output from the 12-string neck to a separate amplifier or signal chain –– Felder apparently used it to send his 12-string sound to a rotating Leslie speaker unit.
Other stand-out features will include a hand-applied “aged white” nitrocellulose lacquer finish (hand-aged to represent 30 years of wear and tear,) a pair of 3-piece maple necks with rosewood fingerboards (12″ radius,) ABR-1 bridge on the 6-string side, with a Custom Nashville Tune-o-matic on the 12-string, Burstbucker #2s in the neck positions and Burstbucker #1s at the bridge.
The Gibson Don Felder ‘Hotel California’ SG Double Neck will be available in September, and is currently listed at an MSRP of $9,174 for the Aged White version, and a whopping $12,704 for the Aged & Signed version… yowza.