The Twelfth Fret
The Twelfth Fret
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1995 Gibson B.B. King Lucille

The Gibson BB King Lucille was created for the very real needs of a constantly working guitarist dealing with the reality of stage volumes. BB King led a relatively large band, and tended to turn his amp to 10 and control volume from the guitar. This could easily result in wild feedback. To address this, Gibson modified the iconic ES-355, removing the F-holes to seal the acoustic chambers and...
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2017 Harrison GB Custom

Designed in co-operation with the late Gary Benson, the Harrison GB Custom has proven to be a very successful model that addresses the requirements of the jazz guitarist. This Douglas Harrison GB jazz guitar features a stunning hand carved spalted maple top with deep vibrant flame figure, a chambered tropical mahogany body that has been subtly shaded on the edges to enhance its natural warm...
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~1938 Gibson L-37

Built from 1937 to 1941, the Gibson L-37 has a relatively small body – 14.75 inches wide and 3.5 inches deep – an arched top and a flat back. Some models had round sound holes, but these were rapidly disappearing in favor of F-holes. This Gibson L-37 dates to around 1938, and is in good playing condition. Over the years it’s had some repairs, including several splinted cracks in the solid...
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1970 Gibson J-45

The Gibson J-45 made its name as a workhorse guitar not long after its introduction in 1942, and they have been used by working musicians in countless gigs. Sometimes the gig needs more volume, and at some points adding a deArmond soundhole pickup was the way to go. Here we have a 1970 Gibson J-45, with the serial number 616252 and Made in USA stamped on the back of the headstock. It was built...
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2006 Wildwood Troubador Long Neck Natural

This Wildwood Troubador Long-neck 5-String open back banjo was build around 2006 at the Wildwood shop in Bend, Oregon, and is in excellent original condition. Featuring a 32 inch long scale and a maple pot with Tubaphone style tone ring, this is a very traditional model. The long neck banjo was really invented by Pete Seeger around 1944 in an effort to provide lower keys to accomodate the...
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2013 Guild® F-412

The Guild F412 has been near the top of the line for 12 string guitars, with a jumbo body and a huge sound. The F-412 and its mate, the Guild F-512 mainly differ in woods used for the sides and back – the F412 uses flamed maple and the F512 Indian Rosewood. The F412 Maple version will tend to have a brighter sound with a tighter focus on the high end, while the F512 Rosewood will be warmer and...
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1975 Guild® G312

Guild became one of the most prominent builders of 12 strings, and this 1975 Guild G312 is an example of why that happened. Built in Westerly, Rhode Island, this 12 delivers a lot of tone with an unmistakable voice. This Guild G312 sports a standard dreadnought body shape, Sitka Spruce top, Indian Rosewood back and sides, mahogany for the neck and ebony for the fingerboard and bridge. Its...
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2013 Godin 5th Avenue Jazz

The Godin 5th Avenue Jazz is aimed squarely at the jazz guitarist using amplfiication, using an arched, laminated top and back with a single neck-mount mini humbucker. The design is classic and straight ahead. Made in Canada at Godin’s Princeville, Quebec shop during 2013, this example is in very good condition. It sports a natural finish over white maple, with ebony for the fingerboard,...
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1964 Gibson ES-345

The Gibson ES-345 is the middle range of Gibson’s ES Thinline series and first appeared in 1958, using the new Seth Lover designed Humbucking pickups. It’s a real treat to see and play a relatively early model ES-345, this one built in 1964 at the Gibson plant in Kalamzaoo, Michigan, and especially one in such good physical and playing condition. This guitar has been refretted and plays very...
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1949 Gibson ES-5

The Gibson ES-5 appeared in 1949 and was the first ES – Electric Spanish – guitar with three pickups. Originally equipped only with rotary pots for volume and tone controls, this model was revised in 1955 as the ES-5 Switchmaster. Using a full size cutaway archtop body made with maple laminates for feedback rejection, the original ES-5 had individual volume controls and one master tone...
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1961 Gibson Custom L-5 6 String

Here’s a rare oddity – custom built to order by Gibson during 1961, a melding of a Gibson L-5 style six string neck and a Gibson Mastertone RB-3 banjo pot. This unique instrument is in very good complete and original condition. Aside from the typical appointments of the L-5 neck, with multiple layers of binding around the ebony fingerboard and head, Mother of Pearl for the block position...
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2010 National Reso-Phonic Triolian Polychrome

In their first years of production, all National guitars were tri-cone models. Soon, it became necessary to offer single cone models, and this resulted in the 1928 National Triolian, first made with Polychrome Yellow finishes as reproduced in this metal body ‘Palm Yellow’ model from 2010. This National Triolian Polychrome features a metal body with flat-cut F-holes, a 12 fret neck, maple...
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2008 Collings CJ Mh A SS SB

The Collings CJ is a take on the classic ‘Gibson style’ slope-shouldered dreadnought guitar, one of the two most successful large-body designs – the other being the ‘Martin style’ square shoulder. These two designs both date to the early ears of the 20th century, with the guitars Martin built for the Ditson company from around 1916. This Collings CJ dates to 2008 and is in excellent condition...
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2003 Gibson ES-345

The Gibson ES-345 appeared in 1958 with its sister models, the ES-335 and ES-355 as a groundbreaking solution to the problem posed by rapidly increasing guitar amplifier volumes. This design provides the tonal response of an archtop with the feedback resistance of a solidbody guitar by adding a solid center block. Lately, Gibson has revised the line again with ES-339 models, the same guitar but...
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2008 Gretsch® Tennessee Rose

Gretsch Chet Atkins Tennessee Rose G6119 Thinline Archtop Dark Cherry, 2008 Brand: Gretsch Instrument Categories: Archtop, Electric, Guitars Gretsch Chet Atkins Tennessee Rose Thinline Archtop Dark Cherry, 2008 Full Front View Gretsch Chet Atkins Tennessee Rose Thinline Archtop Dark Cherry, 2008 Full Rear View [Show slideshow] Gretsch Chet Atkins Tennessee Rose Thinline Archtop Dark...
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2006 Larrivee L-09 Lacewood

The Larrivee L-09 uses a body design based on something Jean Larrivee knows very well – the proportions of the Hauser-style classical guitar. Larrivee’s LS body makes a more direct comparison, while the L body is larger; both take the proportions and adapt their structures for steel string guitars. This provides an excellent representation of the harmonic range, and plenty of volume and...
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1996 G&L ASAT Special

The G&L ASAT Special, designed by the late Leo Fender and George Fullerton, is regarded by many as ‘Leo’s ultimate cutaway’, a natural evolution of the breakthrough Telecaster. While some few fully electric guitar designs preceded the Telecaster – first named the Broadcaster in an accidental copyright infringement on a name used for a Gretsch drum set and quickly changed – none addressed the real...
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2009 Guild® D-40DG Bluegrass Jubilee

For a long time, bluegrass players relied on guitars like this Guild D-40BG Bluegrass Jubilee. Well built to withstand heavy playing, these Guilds deliver a large amount of clear, crisp tone. This example was built at Guild’s New Hartford, Connecticut shop as the third guitar on Tuesday, June 16 2009. The top is Adirondack Spruce and the back and sides are mahogany, as is traditional for...
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1993 Fender Robben Ford

The Fender Robben Ford Model was produced in Japan from 1987 to 1993 and was based on the Fender Esprit Ultra. This example is from near the end of production and features a chambered mahogany, rather than alder body. The next year, production resumed in the US Custom Shop, with the mahogany body but without the chambering. The last models were built in 2002. Inset Mahogany neck with a...
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1960 Gretsch® 6124 Single Anniversary

Gretsch introduced the Anniversary model in 1958 to celebrate their 75th year in business, and it was produced until 1975 (for the last four years as the 7560). Gretsch re-introduced it as the 6118 for the 120th Anniversary, and it’s still in production. Intended as a lower cost alternative to the 6120, the Anniversary originally had a pair of Filter ‘Tron pickups and an ebony fingerboard, but...
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2007 Takamine 45th Sapphire Anniversary

The Takamine 45th Sapphire Anniversary in 2007 marked decades of Takamine’s presence in the acoustic guitar world. For some years, Takamine steel strings were the instrument of choice for country players, as they were one of the first with a reliable built-in pickup system. Today we’re looking at a very clean example of the Takamine 45th Sapphire, listed as number 27. It is built with solid...
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1959 Guild® Savoy A-150

Introduced in 1958, the Guild Savoy was available in cutaway acoustic form – as the A-150 here – and as the electric X-150. The body is a full 17 inch wide, with three inch sides. Often, it was equipped with a neck mount deArmond pickup though this example does not appear to have had one. This Guild Savoy A-150 dates to late 1959, likely the later part of December. The serial number is 12024,...
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1997 Tom Anderson Guitar Works Pro Am

The Tom Anderson Pro Am was a breakthrough guitar introduced in the late 1980’s, reacting to the popularity of the Strat with Humbucker and locking trem system trend. Built to order with a wide range of options, the Anderson Pro Am was one of the first top quality ‘custom production’ models available. This Anderson Pro Am sports a Translucent Forest Green finish and is in overall very good...
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~2010 Fret King Elan 50

Fret King guitars have been produced since 2008 by Trev Wilkinson, the well-known UK maker of Wilkinson guitar hardware. The Fret King Elan 50, apparently discontinued, was part of the Green Label Series. Fret King guitars combine elements of classic, popular instruments and new design themes. The Elan 50 seems influenced by PRS models and, in its headstock design, by the Epiphone Wilshire from...
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1948 Gibson J-45

Right after WW2, manufacturing in the US exploded, with returning servicemen and women driving demand for consumer goods like the Gibson J-45 and seeking the type of accessible entertainment that acoustic guitars can provide. The J-45 was orignally introduced in 1942 but production slowed almost immediately as the war effort ramped up and consumed most available resources. Its sister, the...
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1952 Gibson J-45

The Gibson J-45 has been a guitarist’s choice almost since its introduction. Though its tonal representation isn’t always the most harmonically complete, it has a warm, enveloping sound that works extremely well accompanying a singer. This Gibson J-45 dates to 1952, and has clearly been used as intended. There’s lots of play wear to the finish, earned over the years. Its action is 8/64ths...
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2000 Gibson Les Paul Standard

The Gibson Les Paul Standard has endured decades of use, in and out of fashion, and has remained one of the guitarist’s workhorse designs. Using a maple cap on a mahogany body, with mahogany for the neck and rosewood for the fingerboard, the Les Paul Standard can deliver a tone covering the full spectrum. This example was built at the Gibson Nashville plant and the serial number dates to March...
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2004 Larrivee 000-60

The Larrivee 000-60 is a traditional style acoustic guitar, featuring a ‘Triple O’ body size, paired with a 12-fret, slotted peghead neck. The sides and back are Indian Rosewood and the top Sitka Spruce, the neck mahogany with bound Ebony fingerboard, and ebony ‘pyramid’ style bridge. The 12-fret neck hearkens back to the time when the steel string guitar was just taking off in popularity. As...
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1990 Larrivee L05-12

Based on the jumbo body L05, the Larrivee L05-12 is an impressive 12-string guitar. The combination of spruce top and mahogany back and sides provides a crisp, well articulated tone with lots of clear separation between notes. That can be very helpful on a 12-string, as the large amount of sonic spectrum available can make it hard to distinguish – perhaps like having too many cymbals on a drum...
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1976 M. Sakurai No. 5

Masaki Sakuri is the nephew of the late, renowned Japanese luthier Masaru Kohno, and as customary, is the heir to the Kohno shop. The Sakurai No.5 was one of his early instruments, during his tenure as an apprentice, which started in 1976. The M. Sakurai No. 5 classical guitar is based closely on Kohno designs, and construction of these early models would have also been closely supervised by...
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