Unleashing the ugly part of the family.

Discussion in 'Vintage SG' started by William A. Seward II, Aug 15, 2015.

  1. William A. Seward II

    William A. Seward II Member

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    So, I was just a few moments ago and saw the SG Tenor thread and reminded I've had some pics and decided to find a few new ones.

    What bothered me was the fact that Gibson can't help but nstead of also making a nice mandolin version, they hurl out the butt-ugly EMS-1235 - you know, the two headed freaks of the family: the aforementioned EMS, the well known and well despised by me "Stairway To Hotel California" EDS-1275, and the bassy one, once worn by Elvis himself, the EBS-1250 (along with the rare EBSF-1250 - better since I like EB-0Fs a lot. Still...they're ugly!

    (Actually the EDS-1235T, the Tenor/Mandolin doubleneck is kinda cool.)

    My rationale is as follows: SGs mean to me slick, smooth, fast, light, mean, tough, now-you-see-me-now-you-don't guitars with Ted McCarty obviously thinking of this deadly sexy woman, a femme fatale when he designed it.

    Therefore, you make it a doubleneck, you turn it into a fat ugly broad with two heads and a big a__

    As such ladies and gentlemen, from my ouevre of abominations, the uglies:

    1974 EBS-1250

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    and the awkward "so ugly and so devoid of any reason to exist that only eight copies are known to exist 'cousin':"

    1970 EDS-1250

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    Now, Gibson the EMS-1235 had a six string and mandolin on the other neck:

    1968 EMS-1235

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    The prettiest in the bastards of the family:

    1961 EDS-1235T

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    Back to the EBS - with an added F - this one's the second coolest in my book:

    1962 EBSF-1250

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    and a '64:

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    Annnd...


    NO.

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    It's a '65. Blah blah, woof woof. No. No can do.

     
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  2. William A. Seward II

    William A. Seward II Member

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    Oh man! How could I forget ELVIS and his cool-only-made-for-him-six-string EBS?

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    Also, there's this other fella: his name's Jim Ramage and I've never heard of him, but at least his EBSF's got some mojo.

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  3. Six String

    Six String Moderator Staff Member

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    ........... I've landed in Double neck Heaven.................! :thumb:
     
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    eS.G. Well-Known Member

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    Ill take 2 please....er would that be 4 ......no thats 8.....oh Hell...............
     
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    Whiskeyrebel New Member

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    I like all of them. None of them look disproportionate to me at all, apart from the obvious charles-and-mambo aspect.
     
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    I love those early Gibson mando/guitar doubles. Here's a selection.

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    And here's Robbie Robertson with his EMS-1235 in lovely cherry red. Note that this one has eight strings on the mando neck.

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    Oooh, International Musician, November 1975. I used to have that. Look at the price: 25 pence! When I looked at a guitar magazine the other day it was over six quid!!!!! :shock: Is that really forty years of inflation or just profiteering? :hmm:
     
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  8. Go Nigel Go

    Go Nigel Go Active Member

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    The bass model would be handy if the next song on the set list is "Big Bottom" from Spinal Tap...and of course the Mandolin version was made for playing Stonehenge! :D
     
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    Eliminate the middleman-go for the Bass/Mando combo!
     
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    How can anyone not be able to chose between playing the bass or the guitar? In the middle of a song no less! (why else would you need one...)
     

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