1971 Guild F-112 12-String Mini-Jumbo Guitar

I really do like Guild F-112 models. They're just about the right size -- like a deeper-bodied 000 or "small jumbo" -- to sit on the couch and play them or take them out to a jam or gig and be heard a bit. They're solidly-built per the usual Guild recipe, feature double truss rods, a comfortable (though slightly generous) neck, and are all-solid wood throughout.

They're excellent instruments for Tom Petty-style jingle-jangle strumming with extra-light strings in E-standard but they're not quite so good for lower-tuned rumbling and open-style, Leadbelly thumping. I currently have this one setup for the Petty-style jangle, though in the video the strings were old (before the photo shoot) and so it sounds a little mellower and chunkier than with fresh strings.

I worked on this guitar for its original owner quite a while ago and then in recent memory (the last 5 or 7 years?) I'd done further work to it, setting it up with a fully-compensated saddle and adjusting this and that. The original owner had also removed the neck and converted it to a bolt-on joint much farther back in its history and it has some other evidence of home luthiery/use muck-up to the finish around the heel. I shored that up with the addition of a second bolt at some time in the past, too, and it's been good to go and stable for years and years.

I sold this recently (late 2022) to a fellow who keeps trying to adore 12-strings (he's owned three F-112 models over the years and many, many others), but just as I suspected he ight, he brought it back here to divest after the honeymoon was over -- which is why you're finding me finally snapping photos and doing a video clip for something I worked on years ago.

Since its return, I've cleaned it up a little bit, adjusted fret seating a little bit, restrung it, and adjusted the action just a hair.

Repairs included: (recently) a glorified setup and (in the past) I did some neck angle adjustment/seating work, a fret level/dress, fit a big compensated saddle, removed a Bridge Doctor that had been installed, lubed the tuners, setup, etc...

Top wood: solid spruce

Back & sides wood: solid mahogany

Bracing type: x

Bridge: rosewood

Fretboard: rosewood

Neck wood: mahogany

Action height at 12th fret:
hair-under 3/32" bass 1/16” treble (fast, spot-on)
String gauges: 22w/46w, 14/36w, 10/26w, 8/20w, 12/12, 9/9 extra lights

Neck shape: medium C

Board radius: 14"

Truss rod: adjustable (two!)

Neck relief: straight

Fret style: medium-lower

Scale length: 25 1/2"

Nut width: 1 7/8"

Body width: 15 1/4"

Body depth: 4 7/8"

Weight: 4 lbs 15 oz

Condition notes: where to start...? The neck was converted to a bolt-on joint. As I recall I may have glued and bolted it the last time I worked on it. There is finish flaking and a bit of finish/binding muck-up right around the joint at the top of the guitar near the heel and around the side and bottom of the heel. I've pictured it -- it's not so bad as I make it out to be. The bridge was shaved at one point and there's a pearl dot hiding a hole where a Bridge Doctor had been installed. The back "lip" of the bridge has about 1mm of fill (that only goes in about 1mm) but the bridge itself is glued pat and has been for years and years.

Also: There are no cracks in the instrument that I can find but, like on many of these, the dual truss rod channels have made finish cracks to the sealer coat in the back of the neck due to wood expansion/contraction. It's really common to see this on Guild 12 strings and is a non-issue save cosmetically. I've pictured it.

Also: it has a single-sensor pickup (looks a bit like a K&K) of some sort installed that sounds decent but won't win any awards. With a bit of EQ it works decent enough, though.

It comes with: its original hard case with a replacement funky handle.