Brief details of previously sold Yamaha 12-string guitars -please see "Inventory: Restorations Available to Pre-Order" pages for any similar guitars currently "In the Workshop", or contact me.
I think that without spending a load of money, the vintage Yamaha 12 Strings from the 1970s and early 1980s have got to be some of the nicest affordable 12 strings around - I've sold a good number of them over the last few years, including FG-260s and FG-230s, together with FG-312s, FG-412s and FG-512s. I have always been super-impressed with these slot-headed Yamahas.

The odd one or two later, solid headstock ones I've sold from the later 1980s have been equally good. They have all sounded great, played very, very nicely, with comfortable sized necks, which is not always the case with vintage 12 strings, and not least looking great! Exceptional quality and volume of sound - really powerful quality 12 string sound - like an orchestra!

Always nicely coloured and grained Spruce tops, usually natural finish, except for the distictive, almost "Hummingbird" style of the Cherry Sunburst FG-412SB, with it's ornamental decorated scratchplate, with smart multi-binding, with matching soundhole rings, and usually a Black pickguard. The equally attractive Mahogany or Rosewood back and sides again often have multi-binding and matching centre and end stripes.

There is much discussion regarding solid/laminate tops, in relation to Vintage Guitars. I have to say that it is not a subject that exercises me greatly, preferring to take the judgment from my ears! I should just say that if this guitar did have a solid wood top, it would probably be no longer with us! The major advantage of the high quality laminate woods used by the Yamaha at this period, which was key to their success, is that they combined exceptionally good sound qualities with strength and durability; particularly the freedom from cracking which has affected so many solid topped guitars over the years.
Here are some, not all, of the Yamaha Acoustic 12 String Guitars I have sold in recent times - in some cases other examples of the same models may be currently available, or at least "in the workshop". Please enquire for current availability, prices and further details.

*** SOLD *** YAMAHA FG-230 VINTAGE 1971 FG-230 SLOTTED HEADSTOCK RED LABEL 12 STRING GUITAR - Early Nippon Gakki Spruce & Mahogany Excellent Sound & playing I completed Minimal Overhaul and Setup work - VTG1138 - Photo #3.


*** SOLD *** YAMAHA FG-512 VINTAGE SLOTHEAD 12 STRING FULLY BOUND SPRUCE AND ROSEWOOD GUITAR - Exceptional Sound Superb Condition Great Playing Characteristic Looks Minimal Overhaul I carried out included fitting New purpose-mase Bone Nut - VTG1108 - one other sold previously - Photo #5.

2012 SALES:

*** SOLD *** YAMAHA FG-440 SCARCE USA 1987 MODEL 12 STRING GUITAR WITH DEAN MARKLEY PRO-MAG PICKUP WIRED IN- Unusual High-end Model Sold Original in the USA Market Exceptional Sound Great Playing Snowflake Position Markers & Abalone Decoration New Martin Strings - VTG1236 - Photo #4.


*** SOLD *** YAMAHA FG-412SB VINTAGE 1977 SLOTHEAD 12 STRING SPRUCE/MAHOGANY CHERRY SUNBURST GUITAR - Excellent Sound & Condition Great Play & Looks Minimal Overhaul I carried out included fitting New Bridge Pins & Black Tusq Nut - VTG1273 - three others sold - Photo #6.

2013 SALES:

*** SOLD *** YAMAHA FG-260 VINTAGE 1974 SLOTTED HEADSTOCK SPRUCE/MAHOGANY 12 STRING GUITAR - Excellent Sound/Play/Character Low Action All Original Restoration work I carried out included dressing the bridge to improve to excellent action/string break angle and some fret and fingerboard dressing work - Sold to Cambridge buyer - 130805 - VTG1428 - two others sold previously - Photo #1.


*** SOLD *** YAMAHA FG-312 VINTAGE 1978 SLOTTED HEADSTOCK SPRUCE/MAHOGANY 12 STRING GUITAR - Excellent Sound, Play & Character All Original Minimal Restoration I carried out included dressing the bridge to improve string break angle - Sold & delivered to Christmas buyer in Leicester - 131209 - VTG1429 - two others sold previously - Photo #2.

2019 SALES:

*** SOLD *** YAMAHA FG-412SB VINTAGE 1980 SLOTTED HEADSTOCK 12 STRING GUITAR, FITTED ARTEC SOUNDHOLE PICKUP - Really Excellent, Original, Professionally Overhauled & Set-up Condition, Iconic Cherryburst Finish over Spruce/Mahogany, Decorated Batwing Pickguard & Artec WSH Pickup - Sold again to Midlands buyer for pre-Christmas delivery! - VTG1438 - Photo to be added.

2020 SALES:

*** SOLD *** YAMAHA FG-512 SPRUCE & ROSEWOOD 1981 OPEN-HEADSTOCK TOP-OF-LINE GUITAR ACOUSTIC VINTAGE 12-STRING - OVERHAUL COMPLETED - Really Excellent, Original Condition, Overhaul & Set-up completed in the workshop, Replacement Graph Tech Tusq nut fitted, plus Ernie Ball Earthwood 2012 Medium 11-52 Gauge strings - Sold to buyer in S.W.France - Feedback! - "I received the guitar! Everything is perfect." - 201103 - VTG1433.

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**** YOUTUBE ****

You can find numerous clips on YouTube, including the one I have embedded here. I have not managed to find a clip of a FG-312, but there are a good number of demos of similar Yamaha models on YouTube, including the one I have embedded here titled "FG-260 12-String Blues" by "12Radius", on a Yamaha FG-260. If a rather heavy 12 string blues is not your thing he has other clips on the same guitar, the link to one of which I have included, together with a further clip by "de1955" on a FG-512, in the "Useful Links" below.
Useful links
YouTube clip - Yamaha Fg-512 by de1955
Additional FG-260 clip by 12radius
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