This is a quality vintage original Gibson B-45 12 String acoustic from 1962 in great condition. It has been a staple for a well respected pro Sydney musician, used on many stages and in many recording sessions since he bought it the late 80s.
The model was introduced in 1961 as Gibson’s first catalogued acoustic 12-string with a round-shouldered body the same size and shape as a J-45 or J-50 and had a rectangular bridge and trapeze tailpiece. However, the standard B45-12 specifications were changed in ’62 to the square-shouldered body with an upper belly bridge with bridge pins and no tailpiece. They were later altered again to the rectangular bridge shape, and with a tailpiece.
Twelve-string guitars have a long history, but by the mid ’30s had fallen into relative obscurity. During the folk-music boom of the late ’50s through early ’60s, players such as Lead Belly, Pete Seeger, The Kingston Trio, and Don Gibson featured 12-string guitars in performances, but most American manufacturers were slow to respond to demand. Gibson’s earliest catalogued 12-string guitar was the EDS-1275 Double 12 electric doubleneck introduced on custom-order basis in 1958. The Gibson B45-12 was one of the earliest acoustic 12-strings catalogued by a large-scale/high-end maker. All told, this guitar could well be the most deluxe acoustic 12-string produced by a major manufacturer up until that time.
Solid spruce top
Square shoulder D shape body
Mahogany back and sides
Brazilian rosewood fingerboard with dot inlays
Triple binding on the front, single binding on the back of body
Dark sunburst finish
20 jumbo frets joining body at 14
Rosewood bridge with adjustable ccompensated saddle
Large tortoise plastic pickguard
Headstock overlay features Gibson logo decal and split diamond inlay
Kluson Deluxe style 6 on-a-side tuners
Plays and sounds fantastic. Super warm 12 string jangly tone. This B45-12 is in very good original condition with a good neck angle and low action. Superb playability all the way up the neck and very comfortable even tuned up to concert pitch. There are some light scratches & expected signs of wear but no structural issues. It has a small repair on the top which has been professionally implemented. It is very difficult to see & impossible to photograph.
The frets are in good order with plenty of life left. The neck is solid & the truss rod works perfectly. The tuners are straight & accurate – yes, this thing stays in tune & intonates beautifully.
Most importantly, this Gibson 12 has some serious history and plenty of vintage mojo. It is a joy to play, and to hear.
Comes in non original hard case.