1969 Vintage Gibson B25-12, 12-string One Of The Best I've Seen, Easy Project For Sale
This is the nicest B25-12N (natural finish) guitar I've ever owned or even seen lately, and I've owned a few and played many more down through the years (I started playing guitar in 1963). I was hoping to keep this one for myself, and still might if it doesn't sell. But I'm a little tight for cash right now so I'm listing it and if it sells, so be it. I am listing is as an "EASY PROJECT"..... it is not perfect, but darn close to near-MINT, especially considering she's 44 years old. (That means this guitar was being built abouta year afterthe Moody Blues went searching for that lost chord.)
The serial number is a six-digit number (560XXX), which would indicateshe was built in 1969. That was also the last year they used this style of tailpiece. In 1970 Gibson decided to go back to the "string-pin-in-bridge" style. I've heard it argued both ways, butby far the majorityof playersI know prefer this "tailpiece" style fora very practical reason. The tops simply don't develop the problems seen with so many of the guitars (especially 12 string) that pin the strings thru the bridge. This is the original adjustable bridge and there is room to adjust the saddle to your preferences. Some players change these bridges out for "fixed saddle" bridges, to improve boththe tone and volume. I 'm not a huge fan of the adjustable saddle bridges, and tend to agree that it would be an improvement, but this guitar soundsreally good right now.......so I wouldn't change the bridge.
This particular guitar is in fantastic condition, very little playing wear, hardly any scratches or dings, just a super-fine example ofa late60's Gibson 12 string. Action is very good, fret and fretboard condition is great. Looks like the nut may have been replaced at some point, but that's only because there is a little glue residue near it. There is a scratch on the top (lower bout) that is visible in the pics, but it looks a lot worse in the pictures than when you actually see it. There's no belt rash to speak of, two very minor nicks to the back of the neck and neither of them are noticeable to me when I play it. It has the original tuners and the knobs have yellowed just enough to really give it that "aged" look. The overall finish is in tremendous shape......with very mild lacquer checking. And there are no visible wood cracks or repairs. She sounds and plays GREAT! Not as loud as some (because of the smaller body size) but as sweet a sounding 12 string as you could ask for. She plays comfortably in all positions right up the neck, and has a surprising amount of lower end for this model.....the spruce top of this guitar is really nice, beautiful straight grain, and some guitars just sound better than others....this is definitely one of the "better" ones.
The tailpiece has been changed and the one on it is not the original (done before I owned it and I don't have the original).A previous owner had a pickup installed at one time, as the hole for the strap pin has been enlarged and there is no strap pin with the guitar. I looked with a mirror and can't see any hole under the saddle for a piezo-electric transducer, indicating a sound-hole mounted pickup. There are a couple of velcro-attached wire retainers under the top too,obviously used to keep the pickup wires in good order. I was going to plug the strap pin hole and install a conventional strap pin, but decided not to do that in case the next owner wanted to install a pickup inside her again. Anyway, it's a flat out simple fix for any repairman to do.
The other part of the "project" on this guitar is the saddle......there is a tiny piece of rosewood missing from the saddle between to two high-E strings....see the last two pictures to view the "project" aspects. If you pick the strings really hard, you can get the high E strings to jump back and forth between the two string slots. If I was to keep this guitar, I'd take a common slot file and deepen the slots about the thickness of the strings, say 009 to 012. You won't even notice it playing-wise, but the strings should stay in their respective slots better. The guitar is perfectly playable right now, as it sits. But if you want to pick hard, those slotsshould be deepened ever so slightly. Again this is a simple fix and any competentguitar repair techcan do it. I'd do it myself if I was keeping it, but decided it would be best to let the next owner decide to what extent he wanted to take the work.....some guys are perfectionists, and they rather replace the saddle than deepen the slots. And someone may want to install another pickup.....so she's being sold "AS-IS PROJECT".....but she'sone of the simplest projects you'll ever find.
The Bluebook of Acoustic Guitars places a value on this guitar of $1,125.00 to $1,400.00 in Excellent condition (2013 edition page 282). It's going to cost the next owner about $50.00 to $75.00 to get the strap pin hole plugged and the two saddle slots deepened. Andshe does not haveher original tailpiece, which also brings the value down just a bit.
So I am listing this guitar for $995.00 plus shipping. No kidding, this guitar is one of the best examples I've ever seen from the 1960's.....the next owner will be tremendously pleased to add it to his collection. With very minor work, this guitar could easily qualify as "museum-quality". Contact me if you have questions........NO CASE is included. These are smaller bodied instruments and I have not been able to locate a good used case yet that will fit it.
Shipping is $65.00 to any location within the continental USA, lower 48 states. That includes insurance, tremendous packing in a good guitar box, and my 20 mile drive (one way) to get it to the shipping store. Any where else, and you'd best contact me for an accurate shipping cost. Do not trust the international shipping calculator......buyer is responsible for all shipping, export-import, customs and related fees. So ask first!
Thank you for your interest.......and may God bless!
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1969 Vintage Gibson B25-12, 12-string One Of The Best I've Seen, Easy Project: $995