the King 21 string twin neck guitar
This custom twin neck guitar, hand built by luthier Ben Crowe at Crimson Guitars in the UK, was inspired by John Petruccis Music Man guitars, they do not do a double neck version of his model and that is where the custom guitar builders come in. The basic instruments that make up this bespoke guitar are a 7 string on the bottom and a 14 string on the top.
The one piece aldar body (yes.. one really wide chunk of tone wood) is solid on the 7 string guitar side and hollow under the 14 string with a tone block directly under the hand made padouk bridge. Because of the semi-hollow construction there is a 5mm thick maple top underneath the flip flop colour changing finish. The mahogany necks are loaded with dual action truss rods and locking Schaller tuners and are bolted to the body with 5 bolts through custom brass neck plates made at the Crimson Guitars workshops.
The 7 string tremolo, another custom made piece of hardware created in house, is solid brass and is based on John Petruccis preferred bridge. The dual seven string humbuckers are by Dimarzio and are a Liquifire at the neck and a Crunch Lab at the bridge. The 14 string side of the twin neck instrument has a hand made bridge with a customised Ghost graphite piezo loaded saddles under each pair of strings and is fed through the fantastic Ghost Acoustiphonic preamp. There are two Jack outputs, one is a mix of both necks, one is just magnetic or if both have jack plugs inserted you can rout each neck to different amps.
The custom inlays are chess pieces done in various reconstituted stones, set into premium ebony fret-boards and complementing the gold coloured hypo-allergenic fret wire perfectly. The final question with twin neck guitars is always one of weight and this, heavily loaded, custom guitar comes in at only 14lbs!
|tone-chambered English alder body||quarter sawn solid mahogany necks||locking Schaller tuners||bespoke high output humbuckers|
|6mm maple drop top||bolt on neck design||custom 14 string fixed bridge with ghost piezo saddles built in||single volume and tone, cts pots|
|high gloss lacquer finish with purple to blue flip flop solid paint||ebony fretboards||through body stringing on the 14 string guitar||three way toggle plus a kill switch toggle|
|total weight of 13lbs||24 jumbo gold-coloured hypo-allergenic frets on each neck||custom made solid brass tremolo on the 7 string guitar loaded with string saver saddles||Dimarzio liquifire humbucker at the neck and a Dimarzio Crunch Lab humbucker at the bridge, both seven string pickups|
|ergonomic body comfort carves||15″ fretboard radius||bespoke 5 bolt brass neck plates, hand engraved||A Ghost acoustiphonic preamp system with a volume and a mid/dark switch|
|648mm scale length on both necks||gold plated hardware||Magnetic volume, tone and three way toggle plus a three way toggle selecting the 14 string guitar, the 7 string guitar or both.|
|comfortable ‘c’ carve neck shape||graphite composite string saver nuts||2 Jack outputs, one is a mix of both necks, one is just magnetic or if both have jack plugs inserted you can rout each neck to different amps|
|bespoke chess piece inlays in various reconstituted stones|
|Part 1 | the king double neck demo video||Part 2 | the king double neck demo video|