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Martin 518 Terz Guitar Natural, 1955

Martin 518 Terz Guitar Natural, 1955

The Martin 518 Terz appeared in the Martin catalog from 1898 until 1989 and despite its long production run had one notable players, the great Marty Robbins.   Sting has also used the Terz.  The Terz is a small bodied instrument that’s tuned up a minor third, meaning the tuning is G-C-F-A#-D-G low to high. The shorter 21.375 inch scale makes this possible without excessive tension. The Martin 518 Terz design was influenced by Viennese Terz styles built by the Stauffer company C F Martin apprenticed with. There were also Italian Terz models with smaller bodies.

Vintage
Price: $2,950.00 CAD
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Francois Tachet Mirecourt School Guitar, 1830s

Francois Tachet Mirecourt School Guitar, 1830s

Here’s something special, a lovely Romantic Era guitar built by Francois Tachet in Mirecourt, northeastern France, during the 1830s or early 1840s.   Mirecourt has long been known for making musical instruments and lace;  instruments from the area are often referred to as from the Mirecourt School.  Louis Panormo was a  contemporary, working in London.  This Francois Tachet romantic guitar –  at approximately 185 years old – is in good working order,  and has had some expected service over the decades. 

Vintage
Price: $6,250.00 CAD
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❌SOLD❌ Edward Light English Guitar Pre-Romantic Era Black, 1790s

❌SOLD❌ Edward Light English Guitar Pre-Romantic Era Black, 1790s

From time to time unusual instruments arrive here, like this English Guitar from the Pre-Romantic Era, likely built by Edward Light as a transition instrument in England around 1790. The term ‘English Guitar’ usually refers to an instrument like a cittern, but that instrument usually has four or five double courses. That closest instrument in modern use is the Irish Bouzouki. This interesting example also has a rounded back, similar to a Lute, but here the back is a section of a truncated cone, likely built by bending two larger piece of wood for the sides, joined to one flat centerpiece.

Vintage
Price: $1,499.99 CAD

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❌SOLD❌ Lacote style ‘La Romantica’ Guitar by Milestones of Music, 2017

❌SOLD❌ Lacote style 'La Romantica' Guitar by Milestones of Music, 2017

For the ‘La Romantica’ model, Jellinghaus begins with the work of Rene Francis Lacote, who built in Paris from 1785 to 1868. At the time, the guitar was becoming more and more popular, but the bracing designs limited the amount of volume it could produce – and consequently the size of the audience. 

Used
Price: $2,750.00 CAD

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❌ SOLD ❌ Milestones of Music ‘La Romantica 1a’ Lacote Guitar, 2017

❌ SOLD ❌ Milestones of Music 'La Romantica 1a' Lacote Guitar, 2017

Here at The Twelfth Fret we frequently see original Romantic era instruments. Here, we’re looking at an impressive modern reproduction of a Rene Lacote guitar, named ‘La Romantica’ by Milestones of Music.

Used

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❌ SOLD ❌ Stephan Thumhart Romantic Guitar, Munich 1820

❌ SOLD ❌ Stephan Thumhart Romantic Guitar, Munich 1820

This is one of the older pieces in our shop at the moment – a fully functional Romantic guitar by Stephan Thumhart, built in Munich and dated to 1820. It features a modern 25.5 inch scale length, spruce top, and figured maple back and sides. The neck of this Stephan Thumhart Romantic Guitar is maple with ebony for the fingerboard and pin bridge. It has had many repairs over its nearly two hundred year history, but works well.

Vintage
Price: $1,800.00 CAD

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