VTG AVAILABLE RESTORATION SELECTION - PAGE 8 - VINTAGE 12 STRING GUITARS - YAMAHA & MIJ KASUGA, SUZUKI & KISO SUZUKI MODELS FROM 1970S & EARLY 1980S.
Vintage Acoustic 12 String Guitars from both Japan & Taiwan, not yet "In the Workshop" for restoration, but available to "pre-order".
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PRICE RANGE: GENERALLY 400 TO 600 - INDIVIDUAL PRICES ON REQUEST.
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The current selection of Vintage & Traditional 12 String models - Taiwan made Yamahas from the late 1970s & very early 1980s & Japanese made, again from the 1970s, based on Iconic USA originals, waiting for restoration....as you may gather, I like 12 strings!

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YAMAHA SLOTHEAD 12 STRINGS FROM THE 1970s & EARLY 1980s.
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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.

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JAPANESE MADE 12 STRING GUITARS FROM THE 1970s & 1980s.
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Along with the vintage Yamaha 12 Strings from the 1970s and early 1980s, the Japanese made 12 strings from the same period have also 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 Suzukis, Kasugas, Kimbaras & Takamines.
Description
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Models currently waiting to go "In the Workshop", but available to "Pre-order" - Some of the photos displayed are the individual guitars, prior to preparation and some are from my archive, of other examples sold in the past. Please contact me for Prices and further details.

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KASUGA T-300 1969 12 STRING GUITAR - details and photos to be added - VTG1491.

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KISO SUZUKI 9513 1970s SPRUCE & ROSEWOOD DREADNOUGHT ACOUSTIC 12 STRING GUITAR Excellent All Original Overhauled Condition Beautiful D-55/HD-35 Styling, Excellent Sound & Play - VTG1448 - Photos 10, 11 & 12. NOW COMPLETED & SOLD.

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SUZUKI THREE-S F-160 1970s 12-FRET SPRUCE/ROSEWOOD ACOUSTIC 12 STRING GUITAR - photo/details to be added - VTG1258.

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YAMAHA FG-312 VINTAGE 1977/81 SLOTTED HEADSTOCK SPRUCE/MAHOGANY 12 STRING GUITAR - Original/Restored Condition Excellent Sound, Play & Character - VTG1078 - Same model as Photos 4, 5 & 6.

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YAMAHA FG-412SB - CHOICE OF TWO VINTAGE 1978 & 1979 SLOTHEAD 12 STRING SPRUCE/MAHOGANY CHERRY SUNBURST GUITAR - Original/Restored Condition Excellent Sound Great Play & Looks - VTG1345 & VTG1438 - Same model as Photos 1, 2 & 3.

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YAMAHA FG-512 - CHOICE OF TWO VINTAGE 1980 & 1981 SLOTHEAD 12 STRING FULLY BOUND SPRUCE AND ROSEWOOD GUITAR - Original/Restored Condition Exceptional Sound Great Playing Characteristic Looks - VTG1433 & VTG1447 - Same model as Photos 7, 8 & 9.

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Condition
All these guitars will be restored to the same high standards as the scores of other Vintage Guitars which I have restored and 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 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 on 12 string guitars. The same type Light 12 Gauge strings are available, but only for use with lowered tunings, particularly for Lower blues tunings on the Harmony/Stellas....some players will tune down to say D, even with the XL strings and Capo at the 2nd. fret.

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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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.

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**** INTERNATIONAL SALES ****
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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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**** FEEDBACK AND TESTIMONIALS ****
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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", and eBay Shop "Vintage and Traditional Guitars".

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**** OTHER GUITARS ****
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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!

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The YouTube clip embedded below is entitled "Guitarra Acustica 12 cuerdas Yamaha Fg512 Vintage" by de1955.
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