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Vintage 1975 Mossman Flint Hills 12 String Spruce and Rosewood

Hear This Instrument: Vintage 1975 Mossman Flint Hills 12 String Spruce and Rosewood
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 Vintage 1975 Mossman Flint Hills 12 String Spruce and Rosewood

Stuart Mossman (May 13, 1942 - March 2, 1999) was an American guitar maker, entertainer and entrepreneur who built 6,000 guitars from 1968 to 1984 that were played by several professional guitarists, including John Denver, Eric Clapton, Albert Lee, Doc Watson, Hank Snow, Cat Stevens and Merle Travis. Mossman's work is seen as the foundation for today's generations of Luthiers who build guitars from fine tone woods.

The story of Mossman guitars is one of both tragedy and triumph. Often forgotten in the rejuvenated interest with acoustic guitars of the 1990s, Mossmans are best known for their craftsmanship, high-quality tonewoods, and attention to detail from a period when major manufacturers were rushing to meet the demand for acoustic guitars. While many of those instruments made during the high-production ’70s by volume manufacturers are now reviled by collectors, Mossman guitars from the period are exceptional in design, materials, and construction.

In early 1975, while the Mossman company was producing nearly 100 guitars per month, including a line of six production models and custom order instruments.

Mossman offered a variety of options on any model, such as extra-wide neck and 12 strings, and also provided custom inlay and engraving work. In fact, a customer could order any sort of special voicing for a new Mossman (described in the catalog as “overbalanced bass, overbalanced treble, or balanced bass and treble”) and by careful shaving of the braces during construction and assembly, either the top or bottom end could be emphasized.

In early 1975, a fire in the finishing area destroyed one of the buildings housing the manufacturing area and assembly line. No one was killed and losses to machinery were minimal. Only a few guitars were lost, but the company’s complete supply of Brazilian rosewood, the only wood stock stored in that location, was destroyed.

This instrument is a 1975 Flint Hills 12 String with a Spuce top and Indian Rosewood back and sides. This particular set of Indian Rosewood was chosen at the time, for it's similarities to Brazilian. Appointments include a Ebony fretboard and bridge, MOP dot fingerboard inlays, wood multi-colored purfling and back stripe, Grover enclosed tuners and White ABS body binding.

This instrument has some dents and scratches as expected from a vintage instrument. Additionally, there is some finish checking, minor fretwear and includes a hardshell case. We have attempted to capture most of the wear in the detailed photos below.

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K&K Pure 12 String Pickup

 K&K Pure 12 String Pickup

ABOUT THE PURE 12-STRING

The Pure 12-String is our signature pickup for 12-string acoustic guitars. The Pure 12-String is a 3-head, bridge plate transducer. Bridge plate transducers are the optimal choice for achieving a rich, natural guitar sound. The Pure's position on the bridge plate provides the perfect balance of sound, picking up all the strings without sounding harsh or percussive and "listening" to the sound board to amplify the unique characteristics of your guitar. The result is a warm, full-range signal that sounds great even without a preamp!

The Pure 12-String's larger pickup heads produce an extra strong bass response and pronounced midrange. While this bass and midrange response is too strong for many guitars, especially very resonant ones, it sounds great in 12-string guitars and is a good alternative for guitars with heavy spruce tops and maple bridge plates.

INSTALLATION NOTES

Because the pickup heads are quite large, please check the bridge plate size of your guitar before you order. Please refer to this original size diagram of the Pure 12-String. If the pickups do not fit, the Pure Mini is a good alternative.

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Kyser Quick-Change Capo for 12-String Guitar

 Kyser Quick Change Capo for 12 String Guitar

This Kyser Quick-Change Capo is designed to make it easy for you to do one-handed key changes on your 12-string guitar.

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SOLD: Arriving Soon: Collings 01 Maple A 12 String with Torrefied Adirondack and Flame Maple

 Collings 01 Maple A 12 String with Torrefied Adirondack and Flame Maple

Collings 01 Maple A 12 String with Torrefied Adirondack and Flame Maple

There have been few guitars that will rival this o1-12string. The previous o1-12's that we have had, have been amazing in tonal quality and also in playability, but add the Torrefied Adirondack and Flamed Maple to the mix, and you have one unbelievable small 12 string.

The Adirondack Spruce as well as the Flame Maple on this guitar has been treated with a process called Torrefaction. The commercial version of this process, known as, “thermo curing”, “wood torrefaction” or “roasting”, was developed in Finland and was originally used on flooring, building sidings, and outdoor furniture, where it enhanced stability, durability, and appearance. During this process the wood is heated in an oxygen-free environment at a relatively low temperature.

This process, reduces the oils, sugars, and resin content of the wood thus reducing mass and weight and increasing stiffness. As these elements are basically cooked off, whats left behind is cellulose and lignum--the “glue” that binds cellulosic fibers together. Once processed, mass and weight are reduced, absolute stiffness is increased and internal damping is decreased; stiffness-to-weight ratio and velocity of sound (the rate at which vibration transmits through solid material) are dramatically increased. The result is a similar chemical transformation that naturally occurs in wood over decades of air drying.  This produces similar characteristics we associate with the aged cell structure of vintage instruments, after the natural 'gassing off' of the cell lining over an extended period of time.

While Collings has been revered for their contemporary take on Dreadnoughts and OM's, they, like many other builders have been increasingly interested in smaller bodied guitars, not only for their comfort and playability, but also for their complex tonal spectrum. Collings was intrigued by a early Martin 14 fret single 0, and decided to build their own modern masterpiece.

The 0 style guitar was originally designed by Martin in the 1850's to have a 12 fret neck joint. The fourteen 14 fret single 0 was redesigned in the early 1930's to have a 14 fret neck joint. The Collings 0 is only 13.5 inches in width, which is smaller than a classical guitar and from Collings' website: "the 0 has a tone and volume that belies its first impression as being less than full-sized. It can double as a travel guitar or a small OM, performing both roles equally well." We couldn't agree more.

Other custom appointments that set this guitar apart are tortoise binding on the body, neck and peghead as well as a Style 3 Chevron Backstripe and no fingerboard inlays.

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SOLD: Collings 02 12 String with German Spruce and Indian Rosewood

Hear This Instrument: Collings 02 12 String with German Spruce and Indian Rosewood
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 Collings 02 12 String with German Spruce and Indian Rosewood

With the exception of the Baby, the "0" is Collings smallest guitar and is offered with the same 24 7/8" shorter scale found on the 12-fret 00. Although measuring only 13.5 inches in width (smaller than a typical classical guitar), the Collings "0" has tone and volume that belies its first impression as being less than full-sized. It can double as a travel guitar or a small OM, performing both roles equally well. The same neck and woods options offered with larger Collings models are available on the 0 as well, giving players an almost infinite range of tonal possibilities.

This new 12-fret 0 body size 12 string features an elegant slotted peghead, 1 7/8" nut width, and comfortable 24 7/8" scale length. It features a cross-cut grained ivoroid and wood nitrate rosette, Grained Ivoroid body binding, Black/white wood purfling with Walnut backstrip, satin neck, custom high gloss black German top and Indian Rosewood back and sides.

While 12 string guitars might be considered an addition weapon in a players arsenal, this could easily become your "Go To" guitar. With the nut width measuring 1 7/8" in combination with the single 0 body style allows for a truly intimate and inspiring playing experience.

The tone of this instrument is punchy and incredibly powerful with virtually unlimited headroom. It has incredible sustain and tremendous overtones which you could hear from the next state. This guitar will leave you wanting to play all day.

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SOLD: Collings 03 Maple 12 String with Sitka Spruce and Maple

Hear This Instrument: Collings 03 Maple 12 String with Sitka Spruce and Maple
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 Collings 03 Maple 12 String with Sitka Spruce and Maple

With the exception of the Baby, the "0" is Collings smallest guitar and is offered with the same 24 7/8" shorter scale found on the 12-fret 00. Although measuring only 13.5 inches in width (smaller than a typical classical guitar), the Collings "0" has tone and volume that belies its first impression as being less than full-sized. It can double as a travel guitar or a small OM, performing both roles equally well. The same neck and woods options offered with larger Collings models are available on the 0 as well, giving players an almost infinite range of tonal possibilities.

This new 12-fret 0 body size 12 string features an elegant slotted peghead, 1 7/8" nut width, and comfortable 24 7/8" scale length. It features a Abalone rosette, Tortoise style top/back/fretboard and peghead binding, Black/white wood purfling with 3-style backstrip and custom Maple back and sides.

While 12 string guitars might be considered an addition weapon in a players arsenal, this could easily become your "Go To" guitar. With the nut width measuring 1 7/8" in combination with the single 0 body style allows for a truly intimate and inspiring playing experience.

The tone of this instrument is punchy and incredibly powerful with virtually unlimited headroom. It has incredible sustain and tremendous overtones which you could hear from the next state. This guitar will leave you wanting to play all day.

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SOLD: Pre Owned Hauver Barbecue Bob 12 String Guitar

 Pre Owned Hauver Barbecue Bob 12 String Guitar

This guitar was builtby luthier Michael Hauver in Sharpsburg, Maryland. Inspired by the guitars of the 1920's and 30's, the concept of combining the ladder bracing pattern and the stylistic aspects of the past with the modern building techniques and materials of the present was born. The goal was to have a 'new-old' guitar which would be easy to repair and adjust through the life of the instrument.

"Every guitar in its lifetime will need some type of repair or adjustment; if not, the guitar is over-built. That is why I advocate bolt-on necks, graphite reinforcement in necks and reverse kerfing." - M. Hauver, 2005.

The "Barbecue Bob" 12 string has the same body dimensions, long scale and ladder bracing pattern as those of the 1920's Stella Grand Concert guitars.

"Ladder bracing" or "lateral bracing" runs horizontally from side to side. Unlike the X-bracing used by Martin® and other builders, the ladder bracing is what contributes to the dry, burly tone of the guitars used by the blues-men in the 1920's and 30's.

This Pre Owned Hauver Barbecue Bob 12 String Guitar is in good condition with some minor surface dents and scratches, as well as some finish seperation as seen in the detailed photos below. It has minor fretwear and includes a hardshell case.

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SOLD: Collings 01 12 Fret 12 String with Sitka Spruce and Mahogany

 Collings 01 12 Fret 12 String with Sitka Spruce and Mahogany

Collings 01 12 Fret 12 String

With the exception of the Baby, the "0" is Collings smallest guitar and is offered with the same 24 7/8" shorter scale found on the 12-fret 00. Although measuring only 13.5 inches in width (smaller than a typical classical guitar), the Collings "0" has tone and volume that belies its first impression as being less than full-sized. It can double as a travel guitar or a small OM, performing both roles equally well. The same neck and woods options offered with larger Collings models are available on the 0 as well, giving players an almost infinite range of tonal possibilities.

This new 12-fret 0 body size 12 string features an elegant slotted peghead, 1 7/8" nut width, and comfortable 24 7/8" scale length. It features the standard 01 appointments including Cross-cut grained ivoroid and wood nitrate rosette, Tortoise top/back body binding, B/W/B trim with matching 2-style backstrip with a Sitka Spruce top and Mahogany back and sides.

Sitka is ideal for players who find Adirondack Red Spruce too punchy, bright, and stiff - but do not want to sacrifice on clarity. Sitka Spruce is a versatile topwood that accentuates the warm round aspects of the guitar's tone while the Mahogany back and sides keep your lead lines clear and distinct. The top end is sweet and crisp; with a driving, focused midrange and low-end. It strums with the best of them, but has a neck that flatpicks beautifully across the board.

While 12 string guitars might be considered an addition weapon in a players arsenal, this could easily become your "Go To" guitar. With the nut width measuring 1 7/8" in combination with the single 0 body style allows for a truly intimate and inspiring playing experience.

The tone of this instrument is punchy and incredibly powerful with virtually unlimited headroom. It has incredible sustain and tremendous overtones which you could hear from the next state. This guitar will leave you wanting to play all day.

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SOLD: Collings 02H 12 Fret 12 String with German Spruce and Indian Rosewood

Hear This Instrument: Collings Prototype 02H 12 Fret 12 String with German Spruce and Indian Rosewood
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 Collings 02H 12 Fret 12 String with German Spruce and Indian Rosewood

Collings 02H 12 Fret 12 String

With the exception of the Baby, the "0" is Collings smallest guitar and is offered with the same 24 7/8" shorter scale found on the 12-fret 00. Although measuring only 13.5 inches in width (smaller than a typical classical guitar), the Collings "0" has tone and volume that belies its first impression as being less than full-sized. It can double as a travel guitar or a small OM, performing both roles equally well. The same neck and woods options offered with larger Collings models are available on the 0 as well, giving players an almost infinite range of tonal possibilities.

This new 12-fret 0 body size 12 string features an elegant slotted peghead, 1 7/8" nut width, and comfortable 24 7/8" scale length. It features the standard 02H appointments including Cross-cut grained ivoroid and wood nitrate rosette, Grained ivoroid top/back body binding, Herringbone trim with matching 2-style backstrip and a custom German Spruce top.

The custom German Spruce top is a favorite tone wood here at Artisan due to it's versatility when played finger style or flat picked. German Spruce offers rich, complex overtones and regarding stiffness, falls in between Sitka and Adirondack. It takes to a flat pick beautifully, but sings with bare fingers as well. You know the feeling when you're holding that guitar? - this is that guitar. This combination of German Spruce and Indian Rosewood has become one of the most popular from Collings Guitars.

The Indian Rosewood brings the guitar balance and warmth, and when coupled with the German Spruce brings the guitar strong fundamentals, quick response, warm round trebles, and can be strummed or finger-picked with ease.

While 12 string guitars might be considered an addition weapon in a players arsenal, this could easily become your "Go To" guitar. With the nut width measuring 1 7/8" in combination with the single 0 body style allows for a truly intimate and inspiring playing experience. The tone of this instrument is punchy and incredibly powerful with virtually unlimited headroom. It has incredible sustain and tremendous overtones which you could hear from the next state. This guitar will leave you wanting to play all day.

 

 

Specifications:

  • Top: German Spruce
  • Back and Sides: Indian Rosewood
  • Scale: 24 7/8" Short scale Length
  • Nut Width: 1 7/8"
  • Neck Material: Mahogany
  • Fretboard: Ebony
  • Bridge: Ebony
  • Bracing: Non-Forward Shifted Tapered X-Bracing
  • Headstock Shape: Slotted
  • Headstock Overlay: Ebony
  • Headstock Inlay: Collings Logo
  • Tuners: Waverly Slothead 6 on a Plate
  • Inlays: Mother of pearl diamond and square fingerboard inlays
  • Rosette: Cross-cut grained ivoroid and wood nitrate rosette
  • Purfling: Herringbone trim
  • Body Binding: Grained ivoroid
  • Backstrip: Matching 2-style backstrip
  • Pickguard: Tortoise Style
  • Nut Material: Bone
  • Saddle Material: Bone
  • Bridge Pins: Ebony w/ Pearl Dots
  • Frets To Body: 12
  • Neck Profile: Modified V neck
  • Body Depth: 4 1/8"
  • Lower Bout Width: 13 7/16"
  • Case: Hardshell Case Included
  • No Tongue Brace
  • List Price: $5600
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SOLD: 1992 Taylor 855 12 String Sitka Spruce and Indian Rosewood

 1992 Taylor 855 12 String Sitka Spruce and Indian Rosewood

Much of Taylor's original reputation was built by their 12-string guitars. Once Neil Young appeared with the Taylor 855 others (including Leo Kottke who had given up playing 12-string guitars at that point) took notice and tried them out - they can be set up to play almost as easy as a 6-string guitar!

This 1992 Taylor 855 remains the flagship of the Taylor 12-strings. The 855 features a solid Sitka spruce top, solid Indian rosewood back and sides, an abalone soundhole rosette, tropical American mahogany neck, ebony fingerboard, gold-plated tuners, and an ebony bridge. The jumbo body shape is unique to Taylor, and although this guitar had been in production for several years, the body shape did change slightly in 2000. Taylor also made subtle changes over the years, but the general specifications have remained the same.

Back in 1992 Taylor guitars were mostly handmade with hand cut braces and hand shaped ultra thin necks. These low profile necks along with an excellent factory setup make playing this older 12-strings as easy as some 6-string models.

This guitar is not only easy to play, it sounds amazing! It features nice action with a very comfortable feel and a very open wonderful tone. With crisp clean highs, and rich bottom end you would be hard pressed to find a better 12-string at any price.

This 1992 Taylor 855 12 String Sitka Spruce and Indian Rosewood is in excellent working and excellent sounding condition. There is some very ligng scratches and dents as expected on the top, back and sides. Please review the detailed photos below. Additionally, there is minor fretwear and it includes a the original hardshell case.

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SOLD: Collings Custom 03 12 Fret 12 String with Sitka Spruce and Flamed Maple

 Collings Custom 03 12 Fret 12 String with Sitka Spruce and Flamed Maple

With the exception of the Baby, the 0 is Collings smallest guitar and is offered with the same shorter scale found on the 12-fret 00. Although measuring only 13.5 inches in width (smaller than a typical classical guitar), the Collings 0 has tone and volume that belies its first impression as being less than full-sized. It can double as a travel guitar or a small OM, performing both roles equally well. The same neck and woods options offered with larger Collings models are available on the 0 as well, giving players an almost infinite range of tonal possibilities.

Introducing Collings first 12-string model since the early nineties. This new 12-fret 0 body size features an elegant slotted peghead, 1 7/8" nut width, and comfortable 24 7/8" scale length. This custom O3 12 fret 12 string guitar was recently introduced at the Anaheim NAMM show and we are pleased to have it in our shop. This gorgeous instrument features the standard 03 appointments including Abalone rosette, 3 color mosiac backstrip, simple B/W/B Purfling, tortoise style body bindings and a Sitka Spruce Top.

Sitka Spruce isn't as stiff as Adirondack and has a lower stiffness-to-weight ratio. A positive side-effect of this more flexible soundboard is that it doesn't take near as much strength to produce tone. A player with a lighter attack or even fingerstyle players will find Sitka Spruce much more suited to their playing style.

The custom Flamed Maple used on the back and sides of this instrument is simply gorgeous, especially when set off by the tortoise bindings. Flamed Maple is known for it's clarity and focused high end, perfect for cutting through a bluegrass ensemble with ease. The tone of this instrument is punchy and incredibly powerful with virtually unlimited headroom.

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SOLD: Taylor 656CE Acoustic 12 String with Custom Koi Blue

 Taylor 656CE Acoustic 12 String with Custom Koi Blue

The Grand Symphony shape joined the line in 2006 and delivers Taylor’s boldest, richest acoustic voice. Think of it as a Grand Auditorium with a turbo boost, thanks to expanded physical dimensions, including a slightly wider waist and a bigger lower bout. Strummers and pickers with a driving attack will love the fullness, volume and sustain. Yet for such a robust voice, the GS is also clear and responsive to fast picking runs or a light fingerstyle touch, so if you’re a dynamic player, this shape is a true contender. And the big voice doesn’t come at the expense of balance. The piano-like bass, meaty midrange, and thick, shimmering highs blend seamlessly. These traits also make the GS a great vehicle for 12-Strings. If you like a lush, potent guitar tone that has the horsepower to compete with other acoustic cannons out there, the GS shape is a worthy choice.

The top of this guitar is Sitka Spruce. As a guitar soundboard, or top, Sitka spruce is the tonewood standard of the modern era. It’s used on 85-90 percent of the guitars that Taylor makes. Its combination of strength and elasticity translates into a broad dynamic range, yielding crisp articulation and allowing for everything from aggressive strumming and flatpicking to fingerpicking. Sitka spruce is Bob Taylor’s personal favorite for an all-around great guitar.

The back and sides are Big Leaf Maple. A dense hardwood, maple's tone is like a laser beam — very focused — and dominant on the fundamental. Often described as having a "bright" sound, maple has fewer overtones than other medium-density woods, resulting in quicker note decay. This makes it a preferred guitar wood for live performance settings with a band — especially with bass, drums and electric guitar — because it cuts through a mix well, allows the acoustic sound to be heard, and is less prone to feedback issues. It has some midrange, and a lot more treble sparkle than rosewood.

Goes Well With: Live band performances, recording, lead players who like clean articulation and note definition, 12-strings, players with dark bone tone.

Twelve-strings generally employ heavier braces than 6-strings in order to handle the increased tension of twice the number of strings, and to prevent the top from being overdriven. Taylor 12-strings have thicker tops, thicker pin plates, and heavier, non-scalloped bracing, to support the top and adequately amplify the tone of the guitar.

This instrument includes the Taylor Expression System. The ES is an all-magnetic acoustic guitar pickup system that works like a microphone to produce a pure signal and a warm, natural acoustic sound. When you plug in, you'll hear the sound of your guitar, not the sound of the pickup. No complicated controls. No tone simulators. Just a clean amplified acoustic guitar sound supported by three simple controls — volume, bass and treble.

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