Gibson B-45-12N 12 String Flat Top Acoustic Guitar (1964)

Gibson  B-45-12N 12 String Flat Top Acoustic Guitar  (1964)
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Gibson B-45-12N Model 12 String Flat Top Acoustic Guitar (1964), made in Kalamazoo, Michigan, serial # 193998, natural lacquer finish, mahogany back, sides and neck, spruce top, rosewood fingerboard, black hard shell case.

This is a nice example of Gibson's 1960s large-body flat-top 12-string, the B-45-12. It is a square-shouldered jumbo with a triple-bound natural-finish spruce top and an adjustable saddle rosewood belly pin bridge. This represents the best-sounding variant of the model, as Gibson went to a pinless bridge and tailpiece design for these guitars, which pretty much gutted the sound. The top carries the large tortoise celluloid pickguard of the day, while the headstock has a pearloid design inlaid in the face.

The fairly chunky mahogany neck has a comfortable "C" profile with unbound dot-inlay rosewood fingerboard. The tuners are enclosed Kluson Deluxe strip units with plastic buttons. This B-45 lays and sounds very well; these earlier Gibson 12-strings guitars have a lush open strummed sound that recalls 1960s pop-folk records by groups like the Seekers or the Silkie.

The square-Shouldered B-45-12 is Gibson's best-regarded vintage 12-string, the favorite of Leo Kotkke and Gordon Lightfoot, among others. Many of these lightly-built 12s have succumbed to string tension over the years, and we are always pleased to find a good playable example.
Overall length is 42 3/4 in. (108.6 cm.), 16 in. (40.6 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 4 15/16 in. (12.5 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.).

Overall a nice example, and a great-sounding one. The finish has typical dings, dents, and scrapes but no large areas of wear, and hardly any of the oft-seen pick marks on the top. The top itself does have some sink in the center which is pretty much universal with this model. The pin bridge definitely offers a superior sound to the tailpiece-equipped version but also caused problems with the tops even at the time. This one has a couple of small extra braces added and is stable. This is a great-sounding and fine-playing 12-string with a very distinctive character. Very Good + Condition.