Guild F-112 12 String Flat Top Acoustic Guitar (1969)

Guild  F-112 12 String Flat Top Acoustic Guitar  (1969)
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Guild F-112 Model 12 String Flat Top Acoustic Guitar (1969), made in Hoboken, NJ, serial # OA-630, natural lacquer finish, mahogany back, sides and neck, spruce top, rosewood fingerboard, molded plastic hard shell case.

We consider the Hoboken-built 1960's Guilds to be among the best postwar 12-strings made, and certainly standouts of the era. The F-112 was Guild's budget smaller-body model, added to the line in the later 1960s when the line expanded on both sides beyond the standard F-212. The 15 1/4" wide mahogany body and spruce top combine to produce a warm yet bright sound with plenty of ring, if a bit less depth than the larger models. The big, wide mahogany neck is a bit slimmer than earlier models with an unbound rosewood fingerboard. It is quite comfortable and has an unusual double truss rod system that works quite well.

The F-112 and 212 were some of the world standard acoustic 12-strings in the 1960s, and remain so today! These were some of Guild's signature instruments of the 1960's, associated with many artists of the era and has remained a classic since. This F-112 has seen some wear and repair but still offers a big but transparent sound, an excellent gigging example of this 12-string classic.
Overall length is 42 1/2 in. (108 cm.), 15 1/4 in. (38.7 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 4 1/2 in. (11.4 cm.) in depth at side, taken at the end block. Scale length is 25 1/2 in. (648 mm.). Width of nut is 1 3/4 in. (44 mm.).

This late-1960's Hoboken-era Guild 12 string shows some noticeable repair work but remains an excellent player, with the expected big sound even for this smaller-body model. The top only appears to have had a very thin overspray added long ago extending over the bridge. The pickguard is a later replacement, slightly oversized on the front edge. The finish overall shows dings, dents and scrapes, with more noticeable checking and a few deeper marks to the top. The lower edge below the endpin has some deeper scrapes as well. The back of the neck has some minor dings and dents and one deeper double dink behind the 8th fret.

There are a number of repairs to the top. Several repaired long grain cracks run along the bass side of the top above the soundhole, and there is a repair to the forward tip of the X brace underneath this area. There also several repaired grain splits running from the bridge to the back edge; these appear to have been sealed before the top was sprayed over. Another sealed top crack can be seem closer to the lower bout edge, a short split just off the front edge of the pickguard, and one more just above the pickguard in the area between the bridge to soundhole rim. The upper part of the back center seam looks to have been resealed, but there are no other back or side cracks.

Despite this catalog of repairs this is a very good player. The neck was reset some time back and the bridge never taken down and now shows plenty of saddle. The back flange of the bridge is a much lighter streak in the single rosewood piece; this looks odd but is original. The guitar remains original except for the replaced pickguard. While not the most perfect F-112 we have had, this remains a good player's example from the second year of production for this model, at the end of Guild's golden Hoboken era. Overall Very Good + Condition.