1968 Guild 12-string - $5,000 (Hershey)


This is/was my uncle's guitar (by marriage, not by blood). He was very ill and gave it to me (the other musician in the family) as a pre-death inheritance (and has died since the original posting).
While it is a nice guitar and in decent shape, I simply have no interest in a twelve string or even just acoustic guitars in general. Particularly old vintage guitars. They're just not my thing. Therefore, cash is always king, but trade offers would need to be modern electric guitars (think of post-1983) with the exception of a few older Gibson Les Paul models which would interest me. Also open to multi-guitar trades. In fact, I think I would prefer multiple guitars or a cash-trade combo, versus a one-for-one trade.

And now, with that being said:

He had recently been told it was a 1953, but the guy at the shop misread the serial (so much for the mom-and-pop service). I properly dated it as 1968. Either way, it is pretty old.

* 12-string acoustic guitar (currently 10 strings, as I am not going to bother with it)
* two truss rods (I don't know if that was normal back then, or something special, but it is nothing I want to bother with)
* Made in America ... back when Made in the USA was something to be desired.
* original pickguard still attached
* the original truss rod cover is included, but the screws are missing and I don't want to use modern screws on this vintage unit.

4.6cm wide at the nut
5.8cm wide at the 12th fret
8cm around the neck at the 3rd fret

The following is not a list of broken items. It is a list of how I would ruin this guitar if I were to keep it:
- If I were to keep it, personally, I would install new tuners. These hold a tune, but it would be my personal preference to have something more modern (like a 36:1). But that would ruin the "vintage" aspect of the guitar.
- If I were to keep it, personally, I would have new frets put in. Again, these are fine, but I would want stainless steel jumbo wire, which would ruin the "vintage" aspect of it. There are no dead spots, high frets, or buzz. But, yes, there are some divots that could be smoothed out with some fret erasers. However, it is a 12 string acoustic that does a lot of chording, not an electric shredder that needs perfect frets to bend a G up to a B.
- If I were to keep it, personally, I would probably get a new nut and new saddle (just the saddle, the bridge is firmly attached), due to my own personal preferences. Something with adjustable compensation, maybe a metal roller nut. Again, modern vs vintage.

You will need a proper case for it. This guitar has been played, traveled, and it has been case kept. But it is currently kept in a Martin 6-string case, which gives "just enough" clearance for the longer 12-string headstock. It is fine for keeping at home, but if I were to go on tour with this guitar, I would want more clearance; as well as something more fitted for these specific body contours.

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