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Comment by Christopher Cozad on July 29, 2011 at 12:48pm
So here is my 1976 F-512, just back from the shop. The guitar underwent some major surgery in the expert hands of the now defunct Guild Custom Shop / Fender Nashville Shop. These guys did a stellar job of bringing new life back to this marvelous guitar, and my hat's off to them. I am so sad to see the shop closed down, as it marks another end to another era. The guitar sounds just as good as she looks. It "rings", and the vibration felt in my hands, arms, and chest while playing it is simply indescribable.

Comment by Jeff Lustick on June 19, 2011 at 3:40pm
I actually don't have any pictures but will post as soon as I have some.
Comment by Christopher Cozad on June 18, 2011 at 8:46pm

Great recording, Jeff. Thanks for the posting. The guitar sounds great. What did you use to record with?

I have two older Guild 12's; a '76 F-512 (rosewood) and an '80 F-412 (maple). They are not cutaways, though, and that is a feature I miss.

You have got a great guitar in your 654ce! I am with Edward...where are those pictures?  <grin>

Comment by Jeff Lustick on June 18, 2011 at 7:55pm



You are right about the maple back, sides etc and it is a beautiful guitar. It is not my first 12 string but I haven't had one in quite a while. I use it both lpugged and unplugged. Ther is a song on my page here called Swim With The Tide where  used itI-it's the kind of high picking sound in the background.  I play with an acoustic duo/trio and we do a couple of songs that call for a 12 string so either I play it or one of the other guys does. It also sounds great unplugged.  I don't currently own a Guild but I have in the past and i know they are wonderful guitars particularly their 12 strings. Which Guild do you have???

Comment by Edward Sparks on June 18, 2011 at 7:53pm
Hey Jeff,  Post some pics of that new Taylor!!!  Edward
Comment by Rick Heenan on June 18, 2011 at 6:31pm
Oh yeah!  I've got a Taylor 355CE and its a peach.
Comment by Christopher Cozad on June 18, 2011 at 6:30pm

Welcome, Jeff!

{DISCLAIMER-IN-JEST: I realize this is not a Guild, and that is still OK}

From what I understand, you have an awesome guitar! Maple back and sides, sitka top, cutaway, and they just sound great...what more could you ask for in a 12 string.

Is this your first 12?

Are you playing it more "unplugged" or amplified?

Comment by Jeff Lustick on June 18, 2011 at 6:15pm
I'm new to this group.Recently got a Taylor 654CE 12 and love it!!!!
Comment by Jay P. on May 16, 2011 at 7:11pm
Patrick, and Edward, I find the 9 string to be most interesting. Harry Chapin is mentioned in the article. Harry did play Alvarez, as well as other makes. I have played 12 string guitars since 1964. While in Europe I would some times take all the octave strings off and play it as a 6 string. I had to really dig into the instrument to move the top to get the sound I wanted. It would be very interested to look at the bracing on the base side and compare it with a 12 string's bracing. I think it would be difficult to get the top to respond properly missing three strings. Just my $.02.. Jay.
Comment by Jay P. on May 9, 2011 at 6:31pm
Dreadnought size 312. Photos to follow, and thanks.

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