Brief details of previously sold modern, but traditional design acoustic 12 string guitars - see "VTG AVAILABLE" listings, in the Resonator section, for similar available guitars or contact me.
The guitars on this website, although geared to commercial sales, almost invariably reflect my pet likes in guitar terms......in this case traditionally styled guitars. and most particularly my abiding love of 12 strings!

Unlike the two VTG Archive pages on the Yamaha and Japanese made 12 strings, the guitars on this page are not vintage period, but are of that traditional styling that appeals to me. I am not an uncritical fan of modern day and current guitar building, but when the style & quality reflects the traditional heritage that we have in guitar styling, then I am there....after all in terms of electric guitars, the Strats, Teles, LPs & 335s we still see every day, were amongst the first designed widely available electics, and we don't seem to have improved on those original designs.

From that, I generally appreciate the traditional style guitars from Washburn & Tanglewood, although in my humble view, Tanglewood seem to have lost the plot a little, and discontinued their best models, and some models from the Vintage range you will also find here.
Here are some, not all, of the more recently made, but traditional 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 *** TANGLEWOOD TRD-12 DREADNOUGHT SPRUCE & ROSEWOOD 12 STRING ACOUSTIC GUITAR - Rosewood Reserve Series Solid Spruce Top, Maple & Herringbone Binding, Rosewood Fingerboard & Bridge, Compensated Bone Saddle & Bone Nut, Gold Kluson Style Tuners, Added Scratchplate, Great Play/Sound/Vibe - VTG1137 - Photo #2.


*** SOLD *** WASHBURN J28S12DL "CUMBERLAND" JUMBO 12 STRING ACOUSTIC GUITAR - Solid Spruce Top & Quilted Maple Back & Sides, Tortoiseshell Pickguard, Neck and Headstock Binding, Rosewood Fingerboard, Abalone Snowflake Inlays, Rosewood Butterfly Bridge, Gold Grover Tuners with Ebonite Buttons, Abalone Rosette, * Compensating Saddle, Near New Condition, Great Play/Sound/Vibe - VTG1157 - Photo #3.

2013 SALES:

*** SOLD *** VINTAGE VE8000PB-12 PAUL BRETT SIGNATURE MODEL 12 FRET SOLID SPRUCE TOP 12 STRING GUITAR - 1920s Parlor Styling, Fishman MAT Pickup and Matrix Preamp, Vintage Zero-Gravity Case, Near new Condition but with added scratchplate - Sold on behalf of the "Big Daddy of British Blues" Perry Foster - Sold to buyer in London - 130605 - VTGC1008 - Photo #1.
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. to 3.5mm. on these guitars, sometimes a whisker lower...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.

**** YOUTUBE ****

You can find numerous clips on YouTube, including the one I have embedded here. This is the YouTube Clip entitled "The Official Paul Brett Signature 12 String by Vintage" - having contacted Paul for his permission.

The additional link below is to a YouTube demo of the Washburn J28S12DL by Bill Abel of Washburn Guitars for WorldMusicSupply.com.
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Delivery details
You are welcome to come and try out the guitars available, and of course to collect your guitar. Alternatively I may be able to deliver in person, within reasonable distance, at cost. Otherwise, I will pack securely and post as per arrangements made with you.

Postage Costs:-
To U.K. Addresses 15.00 or 25 for Next Day Delivery.
To European Addresses 30.00 to 60.00, depending on size, weight, value and delivery location.

If you need further information postage costs/timing/insurance or advice on other matters, please contact me via Contact form above, telephone 01543 677140. If no immediate response, I may be contactable via my mobile number 07970 832955, and I will do my best to answer any questions.


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.


In addition to the testimonials on the Home Page, to see the hundreds of complimentary feedback comments kindly left for me by eBay buyers, please check out my eBay ID "vintagetraditionalguitars".


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!
Useful links
YouTube Washburn J28S12DL Demo - Bill Abel, Washburn Guitars
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