Guild F-212 12 String Flat Top Acoustic Guitar (1968)

Guild  F-212 12 String Flat Top Acoustic Guitar  (1968)

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Guild F-212 Model 12 String Flat Top Acoustic Guitar (1968), made in Hoboken, NJ, natural lacquer finish, mahogany back and sides, spruce top; laminated mahogany neck with rosewood fingerboard, chipboard case.

We consider the Hoboken-built Guild F-212 to be easily one of the best postwar 12-strings made, and certainly the standout of its era. The medium-sized mahogany body and spruce top combine to produce a warm yet bright sound with plenty of ring. The big, wide mahogany neck with a center maple strip lamination and unbound rosewood fingerboard is quite comfortable, and has an unusual double truss rod system that works quite well.

The F-212 was the world standard acoustic 12-string when new in the 1960s, and still remains so today! It was one of Guild's signature instruments of the 1960's, associated with many artists of the era and has remained a classic since. This one is in a better state of preservation than many and has a big but still transparent sound.
 
Overall length is 43 in. (109.2 cm.), 15 3/4 in. (40 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 4 7/8 in. (12.4 cm.) in depth at side, taken at the end block. Scale length is 25 1/2 in. (648 mm.). Width of nut is 1 15/16 in. (49 mm.).

This is a nice player's example of this classic 12-string, appearing hardly used, but showing some old repairs despite having hardly any play wear at all. One top grain crack just below the lower front pickguard edge has been very neatly sealed up, as has one small impact mark through the finish on the lower back.

There is a darker overspray (that looks nearly as old as the instrument) on the back of the neck just below the headstock. Examination shows either a deep scrape or old crack to the treble side of the neck between the first and second fret area, very neatly sealed and sprayed over. It's impossible to tell exactly what the damage was, as it is filled, sealed, and blended in quite neatly and only visible under blacklight. There is a similar very small darker area of overspray on the bottom by the endpin, over what was likely an open end seam.

When these repairs were done, the entire guitar appears to have gotten a very light coat of lacquer and a polish-out, although the effect is fairly subtle and the patina still has an aged look. None of these repairs affect playability in any way, and this is a fine-playing and sounding example of this often-requested model. Excellent - Condition.