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Guild F512 Vintage Jumbo 12-String Acoustic-Electric Guitar with DTAR Lock & Load Pickup System

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The quality and ubiquity of Guild's jumbo 12-strings have earned them a permanent place in guitar history. As historians Tom and Mary Anne Evans once...Click To Read More About This Product

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Even if you've played 12-strings before, you owe it to yourself to try this one.

The quality and ubiquity of Guild's jumbo 12-strings have earned them a permanent place in guitar history. As historians Tom and Mary Anne Evans once wrote, "The basic virtue of Guild 12-strings is that they are very loud and [have] a clarity and definition of sound not normally associated with 12-string guitars."

One of the keys to achieving that clarity and definition is solid construction. While the body size and scale length are the same as Guild's 6-string jumbos, their 12-strings are 1-13/16" wide at the nut, and feature a double truss rod system and their time-tested jumbo bracing pattern.

Designed in the late 1960s as one of Guild's first jumbo 12-strings, the F-512 has solid rosewood back and sides. Painstakingly true to its vintage roots, this Acoustic-Electric F-512 has the same body dimensions as the original (17" wide, 21" long, 4.8" deep). It features a solid AAA sitka spruce top, high-quality ebony fingerboard with abalone and mother-of-pearl block inlays, G-shield headstock inlay, and gold Grover Rotomatic tuning machines. Features the D-TAR Wave-Length/Load and Lock pickup system.

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  • Body style: jumbo
  • Top: solid AAA spruce
  • Bracing: custom X
  • Back: solid rosewood
  • Sides: solid rosewood
  • Bridge: ebony
  • Neck: 3-piece mahogany/maple/mahogany
  • Fretboard: ebony (12" radius)
  • Width at nut: 1-13/16"
  • No. Of frets: 20
  • Scale length: 25-5/8"
  • Hardware: gold
  • Machine heads: Grover gold plated Rotomatic die-cast mini-tuners
  • Pickup: D-TAR Wave-Length Pickup and Preamp System with Load 'N Lock Battery Access
  • Controls: Two adjustable trim pots, one low frequency shelving and one high frequency shelving
  • Finish: high gloss (nitro-cellulose lacquer)
  • Unique features: Natural Mother-of-Pearl and Abalone Position Inlays, Tortoiseshell Pickguard
  • Case: includes C5217 deluxe hardshell case
  • Strings: Guild L1250 phosphor bronze, gauges .010 - .049
  • D-TAR Wave-Length Pickup and Preamp System with Load 'N Lock Battery Access.
  • The Wave-Length combines a thin, piezo under-saddle transducer with an 18v, low-noise, high input impedance preamp, to create a system with twice the dynamic range of typical 9v systems. The 18v preamp is powered by two "AA" batteries and a voltage converter. With 18 volts, the signal has more headroom, so hard strumming won't distort as easily. The preamp also has an input for a second source, like a magnetic pickup or a soundboard transducer.
  • Two adjustable trim pots, one for low frequency shelving and one for high frequency shelving, allow you to fine tune and "set and forget" the bass and treble frequencies to optimize the Wave-Length for your instrument's size and shape; enabling you transparently amplify the natural timbre of your acoustic guitar with minimal coloration. The soundhole mounted Volume and Tone controls give the ultimate in final control your tonal palette.
  • But perhaps the coolest part of the system is D-TAR's new Load 'N Lock
  • system, which allows quick and easy "AA" batteries changes. Just unscrew
  • the endpin "collar," remove the old batteries, and pop in the new ones. A
  • quarter turn of the collar is all you need to lock them in place. D-TAR Wave-
  • Length pickups are standard on all of our acoustic/electric guitars.

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Guild F-512 - Absolute top end instrument

By Woody-fs8Jt

from Franktown, CO

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In 1983 I was shopping for a 12-string guitar. After consulting with major guitarists on both coasts, the concensus was: "If you're shopping for a six-string, buy a Martin. If you're shopping for a 12-string, buy a Guild. The double truss-rod construction in the neck makes it a superior instrument."I purchased the Guild F-512. It has proven to be a tremendous tool. It is an investment grade instrument, although mine shows it's roadwear and use.The playability is as smooth as silk. Since mine is amplified, I play it (tuned to E) with Extra-Light series strings. The sound is like no other.If anything happened to my F-512, I would replace it again with another one without further debate.




from Tennessee

I have owned my Guild F512 for about four years and it is a remarkable instrument. Having played 12 string guitar for 35 years, nothing comes close to the Guild. The clarity of the instrument is incredible, with each string singing as if in a choir. The action of the guitar makes playing it seem effortless. I own a Les Paul, Telecaster and a Martin D-28 and none of them fret as well as the Guild. If you want the top of the 12 string, look no further than the F512.

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