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Vintage Tone, Timeless Craftsmanship
The Martin D12-20 is a legendary 12-string guitar that embodies the rich heritage of Martin craftsmanship. Produced from 1964 to 1991, this slope-shouldered, 12-fret beauty remains a favorite among musicians seeking that iconic 12-string sound. With a Sitka Spruce top and Honduran Mahogany for the sides, back, and neck, this guitar boasts the classic tonewood combination that's renowned for its warm and resonant character.
A Legacy of 12-String Mastery
In the mid-20th century, the 12-string guitar became an integral part of folk and acoustic music. Martin's entry into 12-string production with the D12-20 in 1964 marked a significant moment in the evolution of this instrument. Influenced by legendary artists like Leadbelly and Blind Willie McTell, Martin created a 12-string guitar that would shape the sound of generations. The Sitka Spruce top delivers a crisp and responsive tone, while the Honduran Mahogany imparts warmth and depth.
A Vintage Gem with Time-Tested Repairs
This particular Martin D12-20 hails from 1968 and is classified as a '20' model, closely resembling the '18' series. The distinguishing feature is the 'zipper' back strip. With its Sitka Spruce top, Honduran Mahogany sides, back, and neck, this guitar sings with the classic Martin timbre. A neck reset and re-fret have been performed in-house, ensuring optimal playability. While it sports a non-original pickguard, this vintage gem retains its authentic charm. Whether you're strumming folk ballads or fingerpicking intricate melodies, the Martin D12-20 stands as a testament to timeless acoustic craftsmanship.
This piece is almost entirely original spare the bridge pins and the pickguard, both professionally replaced here at Five Star Guitars by our own luthier.
From our luthier: "Exact year of manufacture is 1968. This pickguard was originally hide glued directly to wood and then finished over; today, it is considered an acceptable deviation from vintage spec to remove shrinking pickguards, seal the wood with shellac or lacquer, and fabricate and install a replacement pickguard with peel-and-stick adhesive, as the hide glue bond to direct wood is often so strong that the top will crack if/when the pickguard shrinks. Fortunately there is no pickguard crack present on this guitar. There is a very small crack on the treble side, lower bout, which has now been glued and stabilized and is structurally sound. Neck is slightly underset. Current action @ 12th fret is 1/8" - 5/64", with 3/32' - 3/64" of saddle height above the bridge remaining, from the bass to treble sides respectively. There's also some fret wear, especially in the first position, and a single bridge pin has been replaced."
The guitar plays beautifully, full and brilliant, and is in very good condition given its age, and has undergone a full in-store professional inspection and setup. The neck is nice and straight (although slightly underset), fits comfortably in the hand and exhibits only light fretwear for its age. Cosmetically, there is an expected amount of playwear, discoloration, clouding, several dings and scratches as well as the aforementioned side crack. all of which can be seen in photos. Original hard shell case is included.
*** This item is at Five Star Guitars on consignment. As a result, all sales are final***
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Type: Acoustic Guitars