Brief details of previously sold Yamaha acoustic 12 string guitars - see "VTG AVAILABLE" listings, in the 12-String Guitar section, for similar available guitars 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.

All guitars are restored or prepared to the same high standards as the scores of other vintage & modern guitars, which I have restored/sold over the years.

The concentration is on structural soundness and playability, rather than any cosmetic touching-up, and certainly no ill-advised refinishing, but of course the guitars are sympathetically cleaned, setup and re-strung, as part restoration.

For availability and individual details on the various guitars, and the restoration work being done on them, please do contact me by email or telephone.
Action, strings & cases
I set out to achieve a 12th. fret action of around 3mm. on these guitars...but if that sounds high to you, please bear in mind that we are in a totally different world of guitar-playing here, to which we cannot apply the "all my guitars have an action of less than 2mm." approach. These 12 String acoustics, with a lot of treble strings, and courses of widely varying string gauges, played mainly down the safe end of the fingerboard, and a little more string height is needed.

I fit Martin Bronze XL 10 Gauge Strings as standard, for concert pitch 12 string tuning. The same type Light 12 Gauge strings are available, but only for use with lowered tunings....some players will tune down to say D, even with the XL strings and Capo at the 2nd. fret, but happy to discuss other string type/gauge choices to buyer's requirements.

The guitars sometimes do not come with cases, although some do have older type but sturdy cases. Alternatively, I may be able to offer a suitable size Hiscox Liteflite hardshell case, offering infinitely better protection. Additional case prices available on request.
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In addition to hundreds of UK sales, during the last few years I have sold and had safely delivered many guitars to buyers in EU Countries, including Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain and Sweden, and also to Switzerland and Norway. I am always happy to advise potential buyers from throughout Europe with regard to postage arrangements and delivery costs.


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I have a stock of guitars which is added to regularly, but some tend to take a little time to find their way through my workshop, so if you do not see what you are looking for on my website currently, please enquire - who knows, I may have just what you are looking for!

**** 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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