Gibson B-25-12 12 String Flat Top Acoustic Guitar (1966)

Gibson  B-25-12 12 String Flat Top Acoustic Guitar  (1966)
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Gibson B-25-12 Model 12 String Flat Top Acoustic Guitar (1966), made in Kalamazoo, Michigan, serial # 551560, sunburst top, dark back and sides finish, mahogany back, sides and neck, spruce top, rosewood fingerboard, black chipboard case.

This is a nice-playing example of Gibson's 1960s small-body flat-top 12-string, the B-25-12. This guitar features a triple-bound sunburst-finish spruce top with an adjustable saddle pinless rosewood bridge and trapeze tailpiece. The top is also adorned with a large tortoise celluloid pickguard. The 3-piece laminate mahogany neck is big, with a nice comfortable chunky "C" profile and unbound dot-inlay rosewood fingerboard. The tuners are enclosed Kluson Deluxe strip units with plastic buttons. This one plays very well, with an lush open strummed sound that recalls 1960s pop-folk records by groups like the Seekers or the Silkie. Even Johnny Cash had one of these for awhile in the '60s "folk" period!
 
Overall length is 42 in. (106.7 cm.), 14 3/8 in. (36.5 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 24 3/4 in. (629 mm.). Width of nut is 2 in. (51 mm.).

This guitar shows some wear but remains in good-playing condition, without the top distortion or neck angle issues that plague many period 12s. The finish shows dings, dents, and scrapes; the most notable are areas around the lower edge of the top. There are no visible cracks, repairs, or structural issues, and no alterations except a strap button added to the neck heel. A pleasant little 12-string, easy playing and handling; not as big-sounding as some larger body models but with a pleasant ring all the same. Excellent - Condition.