The Twelfth Fret - Guitarists' Pro Shop
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Antique and Romantic

It’s no secret that the staff at The Twelfth Fret are interested in all kinds of guitars. We’re also very interested in historic instruments, and there are many survivors from the Romantic era.


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1927 Bacon and Day Silverbell No 1 Mandolin Banjo

Concerned that your mandolin just isn't loud enough to compete with a banjo orchestra? The Bacon and Day Silverbell No.1 Mandolin Banjo is for

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1895 Williams and Son Echo Style 16 Banjo

Made around 1895, this Williams and Son Echo Style 16 banjo still plays beautifully. It is thrilling to play a 100 year old instrument that

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1850s Romantic Guitar built by Coffe, Paris

During the 1800s there were many romantic guitar builders, in Paris, London, and other European cities. This fine example was built in Paris around

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The Windsor Zither Banjo

The Windsor Zither Banjo was built from 1887 until the Birmingham factory was destroyed in 1940 during a German air-raid. The Castle Works

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The Windsor Zither Banjo

The Windsor Zither Banjo was built from 1887 until the Birmingham factory was destroyed in 1940 in a German air-raid. The Castle Works

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C. Bruno and Son Banjo, circa 1867

This C. Bruno and Son fretless banjo arrived here about 15 years ago and has been in storage ever since. As is often

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1927 Bacon and Day Silver Bell No4 Tenor Banjo (consignment) SOLD

One of the most well known of the Bacon Banjo Company and Day instruments was the Bacon and Day Silver Bell. These banjos are

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1920s European Acoustic with carved rose soundhole

1920s European Acoustic with lute - style carved rose soundhole. Spruce top, flame maple back and sides, likely poplar neck with rosewood fingerboard and bridge.

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circa 1830 Louis Panormo-School Guitar

Louis Panormo was the most successful of all nineteenth-century London guitar makers. His clients included Trinidad Huerta Madame Pratten and probably Fernando Sor. He built