This wonderful Guild F-412 twelve-string guitar was made in 2008, judging from its serial number (TL183009) and the Guild website. It features a jumbo body based on the prestigious F-50 six-string design and was among the most acclaimed 12-strings in America until it was discontinued in 1987 (and re-issued as the JF-65M-12, and again as the F-412 from 2002 on). As such, this particular guitar has dominated lesser instruments for nine years, and the resonance of its seasoned woods will only improve with its new generation of players. Its mojo-dripping looks will make it stand out in any crowd, but it will be the huge sound that will make other players turn around to check it out.
The Guild F-412 has an X-braced solid spruce top, a beautiful flamed maple arched back, and maple sides, with a three-piece maple/walnut/maple neck. The body, neck, and headstock are fully bound with seven-ply white ivoroid, top and back, and it has a large tortoise pick guard, a rosewood bridge with white dot pins, and a multi-stripe inlaid rosette. The bound 14/20-fret ebony fingerboard with abalone and pearl inlays ends in a bound blackface headstock with six-per-side gold-plated tuners and the pearl inlaid Guild name and logo. It is a full-sized jumbo, with a 17” lower bout width, 5” depth, and a 25.5” scale, and it is one Big Beautiful Blonde!
This particular F-412 was made in 2008 (serial number TL183009) is now ready and eager for a return to prime time, with some very professional work done. There is a hairline humidity crack below the bridge which has been humidified, glued, and cleated; from more than a few feet away the repaired cracks merge well with the grain of the spruce top. It looks like there was some touch-up of the rosette at the corner of the sound hole as well, but other than that, there are virtually none of the dings and bruises one would expect in a hard-playing 7-year-old guitar’s finish. The frets show relatively little wear, and the action is low and fast at a hair under 3/32” at the 12th fret low E—phenomenal for a 12-string.
Thus, this is a truly classic instrument, a real Guild, “Made to be Played.” It has worked hard making music and beating up on banjo and fiddle players for almost ten years, and it’s a tone monster ready to rule the world—or at least your local jam. Lord willing and the creek don’t rise, it will pass into the hands of a player able to make music and turn heads for a generation or two to come.
The arched-top original hard shell case is also in near mint condition, and its shiny five latches even have a key still (this is important, ‘cause everyone’s gonna want to play this beauty). Structurally, the five-ply arched top is still solid as a rock, the burgundy plush interior fits like a glove, the brass Guild name plate is discreetly displayed, and it is the perfect case for this gorgeous classic guitar.
Buyer pays a flat rate of $55 for insurance and shipping to the lower 48 states; shipping costs elsewhere will be negotiated as necessary. Payment by Paypal is preferred; cashier’s and personal checks are acceptable, but checks must clear before the guitar will be shipped.
I have made every effort to describe and illustrate this excellent guitar and case with scrupulous accuracy. Please read the listing carefully, check out the pictures, and ask any questions you might have before you bid. Its return will not be accepted unless it can be shown that it was egregiously misrepresented in this listing.
Thank you for your interest in this great instrument!
Payments by Paypal, cashier’s checks, money orders, or personal checks are acceptable, but all payments must clear my bank before the guitar will be shipped. I will CONSIDER reasonable offers, even including installment payments and trade-ins, but generally since I already attempt to price my guitars very competitively, unusual deals must be unusually sweet.
From henceforth [that's how retired English teachers talk], insurance and shipping to the lower 48 states is $55 due to constantly rising shipping costs unless a specific listing says otherwise; shipping costs elsewhere will be negotiated as necessary. I have sold guitars to Russia, Japan, Australia, and over 50 other countries, as well as almost every state in the USA. Since some of my guitars travel thousands of miles, I take care to use lots of packing materials, protect the neck inside the case, and of course de-tune the strings.
I make every effort to describe and illustrate each guitar and case with scrupulous accuracy. However, many of my instruments are well-played vintage items which are many years old, and I am not a luthier. One should assume that any guitar will require some set-up to satisfy your personal requirements, and that not every flaw or ding will be seen/recognized/described in the listing. Thus the return of an instrument will not be accepted unless it can be shown that it was egregiously misrepresented in this listing. Please read the listing carefully, check out the pictures, and ask any questions you might have before offering to buy.