Gibson B-25-12N 12-string (1963) SOLD!

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This is one of the cleanest old Gibsons we’ve ever had come through our doors; its condition isn’t all that different from the “new” acoustic guitars hanging on the wall at your local big-box guitar retailer. Yes, there’s a little bit of play wear here and there—a teeny bit of wear in the cowboy chords area of the first three frets, the expected pick marks on the pickguard, and a bit of light pick wear on the treble side of the sound hole—but given the fact that this guitar celebrates its 48th birthday this year it’s in remarkable condition. We’ve had a number of other Gibson acoustics with red-stained mahogany backs and sides, so we’re familiar with how that color fades over time to varying shades of pinkish brown. This guitar has obviously spent most of its life sealed in the darkness of its case; it looks as bright red as the day it rolled out of the Gibson factory. The guitar has a 2” nut width, a 24-3/4” scale length, and a comfortable action. Tuned down a whole step to D (which the highest we’d recommend tuning ANY vintage 12-string), it’s balanced across the tonal spectrum, providing a rich fundamental, a warm midrange, and a chimey top end. If you’re a Leadbelly fan, we’re guessing that heavier strings would let you take the guitar down another full step. The Gibson adjustable bridge came from the factory with a stock ebony saddle instead of the more common ceramic saddle, and we believe that is one of the keys to the great sound and big jangle of this instrument. The big hunk of beautiful Brazilian rosewood in which it sits has done its job, and there is almost no belly bow in the top behind the bridge. The guitar is absolutely all original, from its white-button Kluson tuners to its original gator-print chipboard case (which is in excellent condition except for a broken handle). This is an exceptionally clean, delightful sounding guitar that we’d love to see in the hands of a 12-string aficionado. SOLD!

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This is one of the cleanest old Gibsons we’ve ever had come through our doors; its condition isn’t all that different from the “new” acoustic guitars hanging on the wall at your local big-box guitar retailer. Yes, there’s a little bit of play wear here and there—a teeny bit of wear in the cowboy chords area of the first three frets, the expected pick marks on the pickguard, and a bit of light pick wear on the treble side of the sound hole—but given the fact that this guitar celebrates its 48th birthday this year it’s in remarkable condition. We’ve had a number of other Gibson acoustics with red-stained mahogany backs and sides, so we’re familiar with how that color fades over time to varying shades of pinkish brown. This guitar has obviously spent most of its life sealed in the darkness of its case; it looks as bright red as the day it rolled out of the Gibson factory. The guitar has a 2” nut width, a 24-3/4” scale length, and a comfortable action. Tuned down a whole step to D (which the highest we’d recommend tuning ANY vintage 12-string), it’s balanced across the tonal spectrum, providing a rich fundamental, a warm midrange, and a chimey top end. If you’re a Leadbelly fan, we’re guessing that heavier strings would let you take the guitar down another full step. The Gibson adjustable bridge came from the factory with a stock ebony saddle instead of the more common ceramic saddle, and we believe that is one of the keys to the great sound and big jangle of this instrument. The big hunk of beautiful Brazilian rosewood in which it sits has done its job, and there is almost no belly bow in the top behind the bridge. The guitar is absolutely all original, from its white-button Kluson tuners to its original gator-print chipboard case (which is in excellent condition except for a broken handle). This is an exceptionally clean, delightful sounding guitar that we’d love to see in the hands of a 12-string aficionado. SOLD!