Gibson B-45-12 1961 | $2850 | As the 1950s-60s folk scene began to quickly evolve, Gibson jumped in with the B45-12 using the 'slope-shoulder' body form from its six string jumbo offerings. This particular model is very rare; it's reported that less than 100 were made. Because Gibson used their 6-string bracing, they quickly realized that it wasn't the best for the tension of a 12-string guitar. Both the bracing and the bridge plate became more stout, which altered the tonal character of the guitar in subsequent iterations. Iconic folk and pop artists like Rev. Gary Davis and the Rooftop Singers played this model, making it a sought after instrument for folk and blues music today.
This particular example sports the narrow rosewood bridge/tailpiece combination (with adjustable saddle), and the tall, narrow X-braces. The body is mahogany, with a cherry 'burst spruce top. The neck is mahogany topped with a Brazilian rosewood fingerboard. Scale length checks in at about 24 3/4", and the neck measures 2" across at the nut, and is carved to a rather flat but very comfortable 'C' profile. String spacing is 2 3/8" across at the saddle. The body is 16" across the lower bout with multiple b/w binding top and back. The pick guard is the typical Gibson pointy, faux tortoise type. The tuners are enclosed Kluson three-a-strip. The head stock is painted black and set off with opposed pearloid triangles and the gold Gibson decal.
All component parts, including nut, saddle and tuners, appear original. Older repairs include a glued and cleated crack parallel to the treble-side fingerboard extension (quite common), which extends a few inches under the pickguard; a strap button hole filled on the heel, and another below the tip of the tail piece; it appears the two pearloid triangle were re-glued. The finish is in good overall condition, with the cherry 'burst still fresh looking. The body and neck exhibit typical Gibson checking, and nicks, scratches and other wear from age and use; well preserved and certainly not a 'beater' guitar.
The action is set at 5/64" - 6/64" high to low, and, with its short scale and low action, the guitar plays quite easily tuned down 1 1/2 steps. The bass is a bit more thunderous than expected, and the mid-range and treble notes ring clear and true, with an overall dry, woody tone, and great sustain. As an added bonus, the guitar retains its likely original blue-lined hard case in really good condition. The '61 B-45-12s don't come on the market often, and are really great finger-picking folk or blues instruments.
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