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Guild GAD-JF3012 Jumbo 12-String Acoustic Guitar
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The GAD-JF3012 is the 12-string version of the Guild GAD-JF30 guitar. Jumbo body model, with a solid spruce top, solid flame maple back and sides, eb...Read More
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The GAD-JF3012 is the 12-string version of the Guild GAD-JF30 guitar. Jumbo body model, with a solid spruce top, solid flame maple back and sides, ebony fingerboard and bridge, bone nut and saddle, three-piece mahogany/maple/mahogany neck, wood binding and a special pearl inlay.
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GAD-JF3012 Jumbo 12-String Acoustic Guitar
- Model Name: GAD-JF3012
Model Number: 381-3500
Category: Guild Acoustic Design
Body Style: Jumbo 12-String
Top: Solid Sitka Spruce
Bracing: Guild Scalloped Spruce
Back: Grade AAAA Solid Flame Maple
Sides: Grade AAAA Solid Flame Maple
Neck: Three-Piece Mahogany/Maple/Mahogany
Fretboard: Ebony (12" Radius)
Width at Nut: 1-11/16"
No. of Frets: 20
Scale Length: 25.5"
Machine Heads: Grover Mini Rotomatic Die-cast Tuners
Finish: High Gloss (Polyurethane)
Neck Joint: Dovetail
Position Inlay: Ornate Mother-Of-Pearl Position Inlays
Strap Button: With Internal Block Reinforcement
Side Dot Position Inlays: Abalone
Headstock Logo: Mother-of-Pearl
Bridge Pins: Ebony with MOP Dots
End Pin: Ebony with MOP Dot
Pickguard: Tortoise Shell
Back Center: Wood Mosaic Inlay
Case: Deluxe Hardshell Case
Strings: Replace with Guild L1250 Phosphor Bronze 12-String, p/n 3501250000,
Gauges .010 to .049
Reviewed by 5 customers
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For years, I had heard that Guild offered one of the best 12-string guitars out there. After acquiring this beauty, I wholeheartedly agree. Mine has a beautiful iced tea burst finish that makes this guitar as great to simply look at as it is to play. Most importantly, the action on this guitar is simply terrific. My first 12-string was a Yamaha, which sounded great, but was hard on the fingers after one or two songs. Hence I ditched it for this one, which you can play for much longer periods without any problem whatsoever. The neck and fretboard are simply smooth as butter. The tone is gorgeous as well and sustains itself long after a chord is played. The voice simply booms, as a Guild should. If I could get another one, I would becuase it is a keeper. As it stands, I plan to keep this one in good condition - which should be easy thanks to the excellent hardshell case that comes with it - so that I can one day pass it down to one of my kids. The guitar is so awesome, my four year old already has his eye on it. Thanks Fender, for producing such an excellent instrument. Now get to work and do a better job of promoting the brand yourselves.
i've owned this guitar for about a year and thought it was great until it started buzzing then the bridge started pulling up, who knows what kind of glue is being used now that they are made in china.whats more i always tuned it a half step low. i really expected better from guild.
Ordered 12/6 got it 1/21 due to backorder at MF. (While waiting for it, also got a GAD-G212E Dread 12 & a GAD-30R Orchestra from MF, Love ?em both!) Easy to see why MF can?t keep ?em in stock. The all-solid wood but made-in-China GAD series is a winner for the money. VERY well-made! The wood binding & fretboard inlays are the icing on the cake. Classy! This GAD-JF30-12 is everything you?d want in a Jumbo spruce/maple 12-string: High-quality spruce, maple & mahogany. Sustain is FOREVER. The sound is rich, jangly, loud but light. Action on mine was fine out of the box - low but no fret buzz. I?d put the sound/tone balance somewhere between my GAD-G212 (richer lows and mids) and my ?74 Martin D12-18 (more jangly, better defined highs). I?ve a thing for 12?s so the variety is nice. Only neg: Guild must be struggling to keep up with demand. Final inspector didn?t clean out the inside, as there was sawdust in the case and they missed the material used to block the soundhole during spraying.
Depending upon the strings you use this guitar has a nice sound but it is heavy and stiff on the fingers. Strumming with a Medium guage flatpick produces the best sound. Fingerpicking best left for nice 6 string. This guitar needs occasional tuning off and on and even runs down the A string with a flatpick can sound stiff and sour. This is a beautiful looking guitar with tremendous sound while strumming--clear, and highs ring. But I would prefer one that is sweeter to the touch and more depth of sound as opposed to volume only.
Even though the Guild brand is now owned by Fender, and the GAD series of guitars are assembled in China, the GAD-JF3012 is a superb 12-string bearing a very strong lineage to my Guild 12-string I bought in the Spring of 1970. That was simply the best guitar I found when looking to purchase, and that I owned for years to come, and this new Guild is the the best guitar I now own. Every note, every chord is crystal clean, with excellent sustain. I find myself playing and writing songs with the GAD-JF3012. It looks beautiful, feels sold and well-balanced right out of the case.At double the price Guild has a Made-In-USA 12 that I can't imagine is better sounding than this guitar!