Gibson (used, 1961) B45-12N Twelve String

Tag No 32-4442 Used

#21666, with a newer Gibson Hard Shell Case with pink lining.

Built along the lines of the revered J-45, at its introduction in 1961, the B-45-12 featured a handsome 16-1/4” wide round shoulder body with a stock cherry sunburst finish on its Sitka Spruce top, as well as on its mahogany sides and back.  However, this guitar is an anomaly.  Not only was this guitar born a lefty (we think) but it also has a natural top - which according Gibson Shipment Totals by Larry Meiners could be one of the earliest examples in this finish.  We surmise that it was a custom order because of the orientation, finish and back and sides.  Another odd feature is the dot markers can be found on both sides of the fingerboard.  The pickguard of mock tortoise shell material, which is located on the bass side, is cut into a shape reminiscent of the Super Jumbo 200.  The sides and back are bound in crème ivoroid; the tip in crème and black purfling, the soundhole in crème-black-crème purfling. The unbound Brazilian rosewood fingerboard displays 7 pearloid dotmarkers; the headstock has the famous Gibson gold decal postwar script logo at center top, below the two pearloid triangles inlaid vertically base to base, and then below that, the bell shaped black plastic truss rod cover we have come to know and love.  The tuners are Kluson enclosed with white plastic buttons, built to be very light in weight to keep the guitar from being top-heavy.  The lefty bridge has been replaced with a better one, this one made of rosewood with a bone saddle.  The tailpiece is a chrome-plated trapeze, which is age appropriate but also not original.   


This guitar was recently set-up and now plays with a comfortable action.  While in rehabilitation it also received a polishing of the frets, several braces and cracks glued and the bridge, nut & saddle replaced in order to become a full fledged right handed guitar.  It shows more than normal top wear including at least many nicks in the finish, plus a fine collection of additional dings, scrapes, scuffs and scratches overall, and, well, finish checking too.  We have repaired cracks on both the top and back; the bass side of the tailpiece, under the “e” string both below and above the soundhole, a “T” shaped crack on the lower back center as well as a bass side vertical crack parallel to the “T.”  

The frets are wide; the neck is straight, there’s no hump at the body joint.   The frets show some wear in the first position however the indents in between the strings rather underneath them because this guitar has been played lefty for the majority of its life.  Also the fret-wear is mainly on the bass side rather than the treble.  The angle of the neck to the body is not quite ideal – there is not much of a break from the bridge saddle to the tailpiece but it plays great the way it is.   

A favorite of Rev Gary Davis and Leo Kottke this slope shouldered dreadnought sounds big, beautiful and bold and has all the chimes and overtones that one would hope to get from a vintage Gibson 12-string.

Our Price is $2,195.00.

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