The Twelfth Fret
The Twelfth Fret
(416) 423-2132
Toronto, Ontario
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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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2004 Taylor 355

Built from 1998 to 2011, the Taylor 355 is a traditional jumbo-body 12-string acoustic guitar, with no cutaway and no pickups. It's been superceded by other models like the 356ce, which have the now-standard cutaway and Taylor Expression System pickup sets. This Taylor 355 dates to 2004 and was built at the Taylor plant in El Cajon, California. It's in good playing condition and has recently...
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2013 Gibson Thunderbird Bass Non Reverse

Gibson introduced the Thunderbird bass in 1963 as part of a new lineup of instruments created by legendary auto designer Ray Dietrich. The new models included the Firebird and Explorer, and they used a new 'Reverse' body style - the upper treble bout and the lower bass bouts were longer. On 'Non Reverse' style instruments, like the Stratocaster, the upper bass bout is longer. Unfortunately, these...
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1979 Michael Schreiner Lute

Michael Schreiner has been building lutes and historical instruments in the Toronto area for several decades. This renaissance style lute is an earlier example of his fine work. Built in the traditional manner, this lute is crafted with a Sitka Spruce top, Cherry and Curly Maple ribs and peg box; the neck is also Maple, with a Rosewood fingerboard. The bridge is made of Cherry with an Ebony...
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2016 Fender® Telecaster®

Ed Bickert has for decades been one of Canada's premiere jazz and session guitarists. The Twelfth Fret is proud to support the Ed Bickert Tribute project with this Fender Telecaster. The Ed Bickert Tribute Telecaster is a Limited Edition American Standard Tele with creme finish and colour matched peghead, Alder body, Rosewood board on a Maple neck. It has beeen fitted here in our shop with a...
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2010 Xits X4-112-G

The XITS X4 is a 5-watt combo amplifier based on EF86, ECC83 and EL84 tubes - while it tends towards a chimey, VOX AC15 tone, it offers much more. XITS amps were, or are, built by Michael Koski in Iowa City, Iowa. Hand built, they are not common but are very well regarded. This example is in great condition with a 12 inch Celestion Greenback speaker and a Mercury transformer. This is a...
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2010 Suhr Badger 18

The Suhr Badger 18 is an all tube, single channel 18 watt amplifier with a 1x12 speaker cabinet, built for the performing and recording guitarist. In 2005, Suhr set out to design a series of portable, hand built, all-tube amplifiers, easy to use and offer players a vast array of classic British tones and right at home in virtually any recording or live performance environment. This example...
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1988 Marshall JCM800 50w Head and 1960A Cabinet

The Marshall stack, using models like the Marshall JCM800 and one or two 4x12 cabinets, defined the look of the rock stage from the 1960s. Often using 100 or 200 watt amp heads on straight - slant front cabinet pairs, having the back line of an arena stage wall to wall amps was the visual standard. In reality, in many cases most of the amps were for show (or spares!) with only one or two actively...
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2009 Mesa Boogie Mark V

The Mesa Boogie Mark V amplfiieris intended as the culmination of all the Mark versions before it, and is described as 9 amplifiers in 1! The Mark V offers three channels and and can be set to deliver 90, 40 or 10 watts through its 12 inch speaker. Here we are looking at an early production Boogie Mark V, built during 2009 at the Mesa Boogie shop in Petaluma, California. It is in very good...
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1965 Vox AC30 head and cabinet

The Vox AC30 is one of the iconic amps from the 1960s, and delivered a lot of the tone from the British Invasion era. Vox built the most powerful amps available until higher-powered Fender amps started arriving from the USA, which influenced Jim Marshall... and the rest is sonic history. Here is a Vox AC30 head with an AC30 combo cabinet, which carries a pair of newer Celeston speakers. The...
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2014 Louis Electric KR12

Louis Electric is run by Louis Rosano, who has been designing and hand building amps for over 20 years, with a who's who client list including Keith Richards, Hubert Sumlin and Warren Hanes. These amps are individually hand built of carefully selected and tested components. The tonal inspiration for these amplifiers is mid-1950's Fender amps, like the 1958 Tweed Twinmaster. This Louis Electric...
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1966 Fender® Vibrolux® Reverb

The Fender Vibrolux Reverb amp was produced from 1964 to 1982, delivering 35 watts of all tube tone through a pair of 10 inch speakers. While they delvier a bright clean tone, these amps are also known for starting to overdrive at lower volumes, because of the smaller speakers and output transformers. They are also not incredibly heavy, so they are much easier to carry! This 'blackface' model...
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2015 PRS 30th Anniversary Custom 24

For the PRS 30th Anniversary, a number of special models were built including this spectacular Custom 24 with a transparent blue finish quilted top. Now a 'Core' model, the Custom 24 was one of the original PRS designs. 'When PRS Guitars started in 1985, there was no 'Core' line. There were simply two models: the PRS Custom and the PRS Guitar. As PRS’s history has unfolded, the need to refer...
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2009 Sergei de Jonge Classical Guitar

Dating to 2009, here is a Sergei de Jonge classical guitar, built at his workshop in Chelsea, Quebec and featuring a raised fingerboard and French Polish finish. The top is Cedar and the sides, back and bridge Indian Rosewood, with mahogany for the neck and ebony for the fingerboard. The rosette is spalted maple. The scale length is 650mm and the nut width 52mm. This guitar is in very good...
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2013 Sergei de Jonge Classical Guitar

From 2013, here is a lovely Sergei de Jonge classical guitar, built at his workshop in Chelsea, Quebec and featuring a raised fingerboard and French Polish finish. The top is Cedar and the sides, back and bridge Indian Rosewood, with mahogany for the neck and ebony for the fingerboard. The rosette is spalted maple. This guitar is in very good condition. The elevated fingerboard significantly...
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2010 David Wren Concert Brazilian

Here's a spectacular David Wren Concert steel string guitar, built in 2010 using Brazilian Rosewood and bearclaw Sitka Spruce, with an ebony fingerboard and bridge. This slightly older model features a soundport on the upper bass bout. As usual with David Wren's work, the construction is extremely clean and tight. Even the parts you wouldn't normally see received the same level of attention as...
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2003 Anthony Karol Jumbo Brazilian

Anthony Karol has been building in the Mississauga area, just west of Toronto Canada, since at least 1999. His instruments are usually built to order in a wide variety of models and body styles, from classical to steel string to solid-body electric. This example is a steel string built during 2003, using bearclaw Sitka Spruce for the top, Brazilian Rosewood for the sides, back, headplate and...
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2013 C. F. Martin CEO-7

The C. F. Martin CEO-7 is a 14-fret short scale 00 'sloped shoulder' model, reminiscent of guitars from the 'Golden Era', sporting a sunburst finish, golden age tuners and authentic headplate lettering. This lovely guitar features a solid Adirondack spruce top with solid mahogany back and sides for complex tonality, and a mahogany neck with 24.9 inch scale ebony fingerboard, and a 1.75 inch nut...
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Introduced in 1936, the Gibson AJ or Advanced Jumbo was advertised as the best-sounding, most powerful flat-top acoustic ever. Its Advanced X-Brace provided both greater projection and bass response. About 300 were built in the initial run, which ended in 1940. This model was exceedingly rare until Gibson re-introduced it in 1990. It is similar in body design to the iconic and versatile J-45, but...
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The Ernie Ball Music Man Reflex was introduced in 2011 and has recently received wiring upgrades. This discontinued example predates those upgrades, so we can offer it at a significant discount! This Music Man Reflex is in new condition with the original case and all applicable warranties. It is a hard-tail version with a pair of humbucking pickups sunburst finish. The body is alder with a...
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1997 Fender® Statocaster '58 Reissue

Since its introduction in 1956, the Fender Stratocaster has been immensely popular. The 1997 Custom Shop '58 Reissue in Daphne Blue captured the late 1950's vibe nicely. Built to 1958 specs and used as intended, this strat is in good working condition, and plays well. As a '58, it carries gold-plated hardware with the Daphne Blue lacquer finish. And as a 1950's model, it has a maple...
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2012 ERNIE BALL MUSIC MAN Bongo 4 Bass

The Ernie Ball Music Man Bongo 4 bass represents everything a modern bass should be: well balanced, comfortable, resonant and expressive with effortless playability. This double-humbucker example from 2012's Premium Dealer Network sports a sunburst mahogany body, roasted quilted maple neck and a 34 inch scale, two-octave Pau Ferro fingerboard. The electronics include a 4 band eq, Neodymium...
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2004 Dieter Hopf Gran Concierto

Dieter Hopf's family has been building musical instruments in Germany for over 300 years, Dieter himself for over 50 a bit west of Frankfurt in a town named Taunusstein. His instruments are very well regarded. From 2004, this Hopf Gran Concierto features a radial-braced red cedar top, Amazonian Jacaranda rosewood back and sides, ebony for the fingerboard and an acoustically ported ebony...
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1968 Gibson B-25

The Gibson B-25 first appeared in 1962 as a student, mid-range model with solid spruce top and laminate mahogany back and sides. Necks tended to be narrower than the professional models, and short scale versions were also built though most used the standard Gibson scale length of 24.75 inches. The B series guitars were last produced in 1977. This is a fairly rare example of Gibson's B-25...
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2006 Collings Eastside LC

The Collings Eastside LC is aimed directly at the professional jazz guitarist who values vintage tone, with fully-hollow laminate construction, a single Lollar pickup, and archtop style tailipiece/bridge. Built in 2006, this is an early example of the Collings Eastside LC. Current versions ship with a Lollar Charlie Christian pickup, but at this point the pickups were often Lollar Imperials....
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2010 Yanuziello Electric Mandolin

Built around 2010 in Toronto, this Yanuziello Mandolin illustrates why Joseph Yanuziello's instruments are sought after. Hand built of high quality materials, these are very well made, play extremely well and sound great. Originally quartered in Toronto, in 2011, Yanuziello moved to the Niagara Peninsula, near Wainfleet, Ontario. This example is in overall good condition, with light fretwear....
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2011 Gibson Keb' Mo' Signature

The Gibson Keb' Mo' signature Bluesmaster guitar is based on the small-bodied Gibson L-body guitars many blues players used from the 1920's on. The L-body series weren't just used by blues players - for many players throughout North America, these were a first serious guitar. The Gibson Keb' Mo' sports a Adirondack Red Spruce top with herringbone purfling, mahogany back and sides, and a...
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1905 C A Potter Criterion

There isn't a lot of information about C. A. Potter Criterion guitars but these were built around 1905 in Cleveland, Ohio. This was a higher-end instrument with features taken from other makers. Notably, the neck and head joints show significant influence from the Martin-Stauffer instruments built around the 1830s. It's interesting how some of the features found on these early instruments have...
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2015 David Wren Concert Brazilian

David Wren has been a fixture on the Canadian Lutherie scene for decades and as his shop is quite close to The Twelfth Fret, we see a fair amount of his excellent work. Seen here is a custom Concert guitar, sporting a number of advanced features and built with Brazilian Rosewood. Built during 2015 and based on the core Wren Concert body, this guitar adds a soundport, the RFX or Raised...
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2016 DEERING Clawgrass No. 2

Based on the original Deering Clawgrass banjo, the Clawgrass No. 2 openback 5-string banjo is intended to deliver the same solid tone and playability at a significantly lower price - the original is over $15,000 US! This is the 16th Deering Clawgrass No. 2 banjo made, and the first to have been sold and shipped outside the USA. It is in excellent condition, near new. The original Deering Vega...
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1950 C. F. Martin Style 1 Soprano

The C. F. Martin guitar company is almost single-handedly responsible for what we know as the modern tenor ukulele and soprano ukulele. Taking advantage of the boom in ukulele popularity, Martin applied modern production methods and quality controls and most ukes now seen are based on the Martin models. This example of a Martin Style 1 Soprano ukulele dates to the late 1940's or early 1950's....
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