The Twelfth Fret
The Twelfth Fret
(416) 423-2132
Toronto, Ontario
10:58 AM
12-6 Monday to Thursday 12-7 Friday 11-5 Saturdays Closed Sundays

1. We accept Visa and Mastercard through our secure online payment processor. We do use 3d Secure, aka Verified by Visa and Mastercard Secure Code. If the card cannot be verified through this method, shipping delays may occur. 2. We accept wire transfers - please contact us for details. 3. We do not accept cheques. Our banks hold cheques far too long for this to be useful. 4. In person we're happy to accept cash or verified debit cards. 5. Normally, on our own website ( we list prices primarily in Canadian dollars. On Gbase, we've converted the Canadian prices to US dollars at a 1.3% exchange rate. This rate is subject to change, reflecting current currency conversion rates.

Our primary carrier is FedEx. We also use Canada Post where rates or delivery schedules may provide better service to our customers. While we try hard to ship promptly, we will hold shipments if we determine that weather issues may cause damage to the shipped item.

Returns of Guitars, mandolins, banjos, amplifiers etc. All sales are final. We have a no-returns policy with a number of exceptions. To view our full return policy, and Terms and Conditions, please see the page at the link below:

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2011 Fender® American Standard Jazz Bass®

Leo Fender introduced the Jazz Bass in early 1960 to draw acoustic bass players, and featured a much narrower fingerboard than the highly influential Precision Bass. The Jazz Bass has been in production and very popular since then. This example of the Fender American Standard Jazz Bass features a charcoal metallic finish, and was built in 2011. It is in very good condition with minor marks to...
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2007 Benedetto Bambino

The Benedetto Bambino was designed for the working musician who normally plays an archtop - it has the tone and response of an archtop but in a more portable package. This example dates to 2007 and was built at Robert Benedetto's shop in Savannah, Georgia. It is in excellent, all original condtion. Currently set up with flatwound 12's, it has a 25 inch scale length and 1 11/16th inch nut...
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1981 Guild® D-55 NT

The Guild D55 became a flagship model, first appearing in 1968 as the 'TV' model, but only as a special order item until the 1973. The D-55 appeared on countless recordings and performances, and was very favoured by bluegrass, folk and country players. These guitars have a great tone and feel, and importantly for performance they are rather loud and project well. This Guild D-55 NT, for...
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1996 Fender® 50th Anniversary Stratocaster®

The Fender Stratocaster took the guitar world by storm when it appeared in 1956, eclipsing even the spectacularly successful Fender Telecaster. In 1996, for the 50th anniversary of the Fender company, the Fender Custom Shop produced 2,500 Anniversary Stratocaster guitars. Built at the Fender Custom Shop during 1996, the Fender Stratocaster 50th Anniversary model features a flame maple top and...
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2013 NECHVILLE Galaxy Phantom Maple

The Nechville Galaxy Phantom 5-string banjo incorporates major advances in banjo technology, providing a clearer tone and better playability. The Nechville Galaxy has a compound radius fingerboard, the Nechville Heli-Mount and Cyclotronic rim. Built around early 2013, this Nechville Galaxy Phantom features a nicely figured maple neck and resonator, and is in very good condition with little...
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2005 Gibson ES-335

The Gibson ES-335 was a hit as soon as it appeared in 1958, as it met nearly all the needs of a performing or recording guitarist, at any volume level. This classic design has appeared on countless stages and recordings. This fine example of the Gibson ES-335 carries a honeyburst finish on a nicely figured wood set. It is in very good original condition, with Classic '57 humbucking pickups....
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2016 Art and Lutherie Tres

Here's a new instrument from Robert Godin's Art and Lutherie shop - based on a stock folk style guitar, the Art and Lutherie Tres Natural Cedar QIT, in the style of a Tres Cubano. The Tres is a key instrument in Cuban music. With three double courses and not generally strummed, it is used to support melody rather than rhythm. Traditionally, the Tres has been a smaller instrument, but a...
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2005 KAMAKA HF-2

The Kamaka HF-2 Concert Ukulele is one of nine models Kamaka Ukulele builds. Founded in 1919, Kamaka is the top Ukukele builder in Hawaii and has remained a family business. The original family shop is still at 1814 South King Street in Kaimuki, Hawaii, and Kamaka also builds in Honolulu. Dating to July 15, 2005, this Kamaka HF-2 concert uke is in excellent original condition and includes a...
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1999 Benko Classical

Instruments by Benko Musical have a special connection to The Twelfth Fret - from 1954 to the 1970's, the Benko shop occupied what became our original location. Frank Benko was an instrument builder from Croatia who settled in Montreal, later Toronto, and built a number of traditional European instruments such as the Brac and the mandolin, as well as guitars. Dating to January 1999, this is a...
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2015 Gibson J-45 STANDARD

I have to admit a bias - I'm a fan of the Gibson J-45 and how well its rich, warm tone matches the human voice. There's a reason this guitar is called the 'Workhorse'. Introduced in 1942, the Gibson J-45 slope-shoulder dreadnought design rapidly became the instrument of choice for many guitarists. It's been in production since then, with some variations. Originally, it was only available with...
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2012 National Style 1.5

The National Style 1.5 tricone is a slightly upgraded version of the National Style 1. A hand-engraved, double-cut wriggle pattern borders the top, sides, and back of the body. The position markers have been upgraded to mother-of-pearl diamonds and it has an engraved ivoroid headstock overlay with a matching heel cap. This example is in Antique Brass finish. This instrument is New, Old Stock,...
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2013 Taylor Baritone 6 Mahogany

Taylor baritone guitars are designed for playing in a lower register with normal string tension, thanks to a longer 27-inch scale length. Tuned to B (B E A D F# B), the deeper acoustic tone is voiced with the GS body shape and a wood combination of either Indian rosewood or mahogany with Sitka spruce. The deeper tonal voice will appeal to singer-songwriters and other players who favor playing in...
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2011 Paul Beard R Model

Paul Beard builds many of the finest squareneck resonator guitars, like the Beard R Model, at his shop in Hagerstown, Maryland. The Beard R model is designed for the player looking for the classic style and sound of the 1930s resonators. The Beard R Models, both standard and vintage, have a traditional body shape and open soundwell construction and feature all solid wood body, mahogany neck,...
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2014 G&L ASAT Classic Bluesboy Semi-Hollow

Built from 1997, the G&L ASAT Classic Bluesboy Semi-Hollow references one of Leo Fender's interesting 1960s models with input from Roger Rossmeisl. The G&L ASAT Classic Bluesboy Semi-Hollow uses a classic single-cutaway body shape and incorporating the chambered F-hole design introduced by Roger Rossmeisl for several Rickenbacker models and the Fender Telecaster Thinline, and a bolt on maple...
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2010 Mike Ramsey Fretless 5 String

Mike Ramsey runs a highly respected one-man banjo shop, producing custom instruments often with 12 inch pots, and some with quite elaborate decoration. His shop is now in Pittsboro, NC and was previously in Appomattox, VA., where this banjo was built. This Mike Ramsey 5-string banjo was purchased new from Elderly Instruments around 2010, and carries serial number 713. As Ramsey banjos go it...
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2016 DEERING Sierra Openback

Here's a nearly new Deering Sierra openback banjo. Built in the spring of 2016, this fine banjo is in pristine, nearly new condition with its original Deering Vega case. This is one of the very first of these banjos produced by Deering. It is an elegant, very playable, professional grade banjo. By simply eliminating the heavy flange and resonator the Deering Sierra open-back offers a voice...
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2011 National M-1 Baritone

The National M-1 tricone resophonic guitar creates an impressive amount of tone as standard. In its baritone version, it's a room-filling sonic monster. Based on the original 1920's tri-cone design, the National M-1 uses a mahogany laminate body with mahogany neck and ebony fingerboard, and the baritone adds an extra long scale length - 27.5 inches - to handle heavier, but lower pitched,...
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1972 Fender® Mandolin 'Mandocaster'

The Fender 'Mandocaster' mandolin was built from 1956 to 1976, but it's rare to see them. This example from January 1972 is in good playing condition, with light to moderate finish wear and moderate fret wear. Acoustic mandolins have always been susceptible to feedback at amplified stage volumes, and add-on pickups were rare, so it made a lot of sense for Fender to add an electric version to...
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2005 Gibson Les Paul Supreme

The Gibson Les Paul Supreme sites at the top of the heap for the Gibson Les Paul line, with a chambered mahogany core and carved maple top and back. While it is based on the traditional Les Paul design it has a number of tasteful improvements. The chambered mahogany center provides warmth, with weight relief, and the carved maple top and back add crisp highs with the feel of an archtop. The...
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1960 Gibson LG-2

For many people in North America, instruments like the Gibson LG-2 were their introduction to playing guitar. The LG-2 features an X-braced spruce top, mahogany back, sides and neck, rosewood fingerboard, and sunburst finish. Built from 1942 to 1962, the LG-2 was replaced by the B-25 in 1962. This Gibson LG-2 was built in 1960, as seen by its FON (Factory Order Number) R6576 31 on the neck...
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~1931 Oscar Schmidt Sovereign

In the 1920s and 1930s, Oscar Schmidt built many brands including Stella, but Sovereign was used for higher end instruments like this concert size guitar. This model appeared in the 1921 Oscar Schmidt catalog as Model 654, and was built in Jersey City, New Jersy. This Oscar Schmidt Soveriegn guitar is built with a red spruce top and mahogany for the back, sides and neck. The fingerboard...
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1997 Tom Anderson Drop Top

The Tom Anderson Drop Top is based on the classic Strat design, but features a maple cap on a basswood body. 'Drop Top' refers to the dropped arm rest. Built in 1997, this Anderson Drop Top has a transluscent red finish over a very nicely figured maple top. The edge of the maple cap is not tinted, to simulate the look of binding. It is in excellent condition with only minor wear and comes...
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2001 National Style 1

The National Style 1 resophonic tricone guitar hearkens back to the original, late 1920's National models. All of the early models were tri-cones - single cones were introduced later to reduce costs. The friction the change to single-cone models created within the company was enough to cause the Dopyera Brothers to leave National and form Dobro. This is a 2001 National Style 1 example in good...
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2005 Tom Anderson Crowdster

The Tom Anderson Crowdster tackles one of the big technical problems with live acoustic performance - feedback at stage volumes. Designed to replicate the sound of an acoustic guitar in situations where stage volumes are high enough to generate sometimes uncontrollable feedback, the Anderson Crowdster also provides the easy playability of a lightweight electric solidbody guitar. Featuring...
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1978 Dobro 33H

For decades, the Dobro name defined the genre, though it grew out of the National company. The Dobro Model 33H was built from 1973 to 1977 with a plated brass body. Founded by the Dopyera Brothers after they split off from National around 1928, Dobro made resophonic guitars under a variety of names, including Regal, Orpheum, Alhambra, Angelus, and Montgomery-Ward. Over the years, the Dobro...
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1966 Gibson J-45

The Gibson J-45 is an iconic American guitar, used by countless thousands of players on countless thousands of songs, and seems to pair very well with a voice. Built at the historic plant in Kalamazoo, Michigan, this Gibson J-45 dates to 1966 and has been used as intended. It has a crack repair on the back, and the top has seem some heavy and enthusiastic strumming. Grover Roto-Matic tuners...
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1961 Supro Pocket Bass

This is pretty rare and very cool - from 1961, the Supro Pocket Bass, a guitar-scale bass with huge tone. Some call it one of the best recording basses. The Supro Pocket Bass was built between 1960 and 1968 and features a double cutaway semi-hollow body - the body also appeared with a guitar neck - with a very short scale (24.75 inch, Gibson size) neck. There's one large Valco pickup towards...
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2004 Gibson Les Paul Supreme

The Gibson Les Paul Supreme was introduced in 2003 and has been built since then. It features a chambered body with carved maple top and carved back on a mahogany core. The neck is mahogany with an ebony fingerboard and mother of pearl split-block markers, and a multi-material globe inlay with an engraved mother of pearl 'Supreme' banner. The Les Paul Supreme is a very classy yet understated...
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1998 Bourgeois Martin Simpson

Built from 1997 to 2003, the Bourgeois Martin Simpson model features a Grand Auditorium body with a very deep cutaway. Targeted towards fingerstyle artists, this model delivers lots of power and punch along with great tone. This example of the Bourgeois Martin Simpson model dates to 1998. It features a Sitka Spruce top with Indian Rosewood back and sides, and a dreadnought-sized body with an...
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2011 Taylor GS-8

The Taylor GS-8 is a full body (Grand Symphony) non-cutaway steel string guitar with Sitka Spruce top and Indian Rosewood back and sides. Now discontinued, the GS-8 has the big tone and easy action Taylors are known for. Built in 2011, this Taylor GS-8 is in excellent condition with just slight play wear. It plays very nicely and sounds great; it has the Taylor pickup system built in and the...
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