This wonderful Guild 12-string F-412 Blonde guitar was made in the Westerly, Rhode Island, plant in early 1973, judging from its serial number (77384) 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 47 years, and the resonance of its aged 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 Blonde 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 black pick guard, a rosewood bridge with white black-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-colored Guild 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.
This particular F-412 Custom is now ready and eager for a return to prime time. There is some finish “crazing,” which my luthier says “lets the sound out” and really looks cool, and the truss rods’ cover is clearly a replacement. There are of course the few small dings and bruises one would expect in a hard-playing 47-year-old guitar’s finish and some slight finish wear on the back of the neck. The only real cosmetic flaw is the “crazing” on the heel, which was sufficiently extensive that the wood was exposed, although it seems to have been slightly sanded and is now stable.
Structurally, it has apparently had a neck re-set, probably contributing to the cosmetic issues on the heel, but of course resolving that potential issue for the future. The frets show little wear, and the action is very comfortable for a 12-string at 4/32” at the 12th fret low E, but of course you can fiddle with the saddle and/or the dual truss rods to set it up to your taste. There is no working pickup, but that can easily be added if you really need even more power; frankly, I doubt that you will, because this guitar is really loud already. However, I’m including an EPM “Bronze Ace” sound hole pickup if you want to experiment with pluggin’ in.
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 five decades, 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 hard shell case is almost certainly original and is in very good condition, although the interior is a bit faded. However, the hinges and latches work, and structurally it is still solid as a rock. It fits like a glove and is the perfect vintage complement for this vintage 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 checks are acceptable, but checks must clear before the guitar will be shipped.
I have made every effort to describe and illustrate this vintage guitar and case with scrupulous accuracy. Please read the listing carefully, check out the pictures, and ask any questions you might have before you offer to buy it. 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 classic Guild powerhouse!
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.