The Twelfth Fret - Guitarists' Pro Shop
2132 Danforth Ave Toronto Canada | Sales: 416-423-2132 | Service: 416-423-1554 | sales@12fret.com

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.


c1905 C. A. Potter Criterion Guitar

There isn't a lot of information about C. A. Potter Criterion guitars but these were built around 1905 in Cleveland, Ohio.

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

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

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

1920s European Acoustic with carved rose soundhole

I have recently revisited this 1920s European Acoustic guitar and restrung it with Newtone Heritage low tension strings. It is a lovely, playable guitar.

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

1830 Gennaro Fabricatore Romantic Era Guitar

Here is a wonderful 1830 Gennaro Fabricatore Romantic Era Guitar. There seems little doubt that the first modern 6 string guitars had their genesis

Two Romantic Era Guitars – 1840 and 1847 (consignment)

We have a number of historic, Romantic era instruments for sale. All are being sold as is. Here are another two, a George Manby guitar built

Two French Romantic Era Guitars – 1820 and 1830 (consignment)

We have a number of historic, Romantic era instruments for sale. All are being sold as is. Here are the first two, an Aubry