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❌SOLD❌ Taylor LKSM Leo Kottke Signature Model 12 String Natural, 2000


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The Taylor LKSM – the Leo Kottke Signature Model – is now discontinued but is one of the best choices for fast, articulated 12-string guitar styles.
Leo Kottke has been closely associated with the 12-string guitar for most of his career, and often played models by Bozo Podunovak, Gibson and Martin. Known for his fast, loud and well articulated playing, Kottke used both thumb and finger picks until the 1980s when tendonitis forced him to stop playing for several years. When he was finally able to resume playing, it was without fingerpicks and with lighter gauge strings. At this point, he started playing Taylor models.
Based on a Jumbo body with an Venetian cutaway, the Taylor LKSM pairs a Sitka Spruce top with Tropical Mahogany for the sides, back, body blocks and neck. The fingerboard and bridge are Ebony, with Indian Rosewood for the head plate and body binding. The tuners here are gold-plated Grover mini Rot0-Matics, though the specs call for Taylor branded tuners. As stock, this is a fully acoustic model with no electronics.

This guitar is braced for somewhat heavier strings that are tuned down – Kottke tuned down, with the E strings going down to C#. This provides a massive, throaty roar.

This Taylor LKSM dates to March 14, 2000 at the Taylor shop in El Cajon, California and is in overall good condition. The natural finish is in good shape, though there are a few marks on the top just where a pickguard would be – the styles that this guitar lends itself to lead to contact with the top. There is also a finish scratch on the rear treble side of the neck around the 9th fret. Fret wear is light to moderate, and there’s plenty of fret left; a fret dress and recrown would restore the frets to pristine condition. An under-saddle pickup with pre-amp has been added, the battery pack affixed to the inner treble side at the waist.
The original Taylor hard shell case is included.

Here’s the builder on the Taylor LKSM Leo Kottke Signature Model:

One of the most celebrated and popular 12-strings ever made, the Leo Kottke Signature Model incorporates tropical American mahogany back and sides, a Sitka spruce top, Indian rosewood binding, and special bracing with a Jumbo body shape. Rosewood binding and a thin band of green purfling add subtle accents, while the inlay-free fretboard is profound in its simplicity. The model uses heavy gauge strings and is tuned to C#, which yields Kottke’s rumbling, throaty piano guitar sound.”

Taylor LKSM Leo Kottke Signature 12 String Specifications:

  • Scale Length: 25-1/2″
  • Nut & Saddle: Tusq
  • Bracing: LKSM Bracing
  • Truss Rod Cover: Indian Rosewood
  • Pickguard: None
  • Number of Frets: 20
  • Tuners: Taylor Gold
  • Case: Taylor Deluxe Hardshell Brown
  • Brand of Strings: Elixir Custom
  • Body Length: 21″
  • Body Width: 17″
  • Body Depth: 4 5/8″
  • Body: Binding/Edge Treatment: Indian Rosewood
  • Top Finish: Gloss
  • Back Config: 2-piece No Wedge
  • Backstrap Finish: None
  • Rosette Size: Three Ring
  • Bridge Inlay: None
  • Back/Side Finish: Gloss
  • Armrest Binding: None
  • Backstrap Wood: None
  • Rosette Material: Fiber
  • Stain/Sunburst: None
  • Wedge: None
  • Armrest: No
  • Neck Width: 1.875″
  • Fretboard Inlay: None
  • Fretboard Binding/Edge Treatment: Indian Rosewood
  • Heel Cap Binding: Indian Rosewood
  • Type of Neck Joint: Taylor Neck
  • Neck/Heel: Tropical Mahogany
  • Fretboard Wood: Ebony
  • Neck Finish: Satin
  • Heel Length: 3-1/2″
  • Peghead Finish: Satin
  • Peghead Binding: None
  • Peghead Type: Standard
  • Peghead Purfling: None
  • Headstock Overlay: Indian Rosewood
  • Peghead Inlay: None
  • Peghead Logo: Taylor Mother of Pearl
  • Bridge Pins: Ebony
  • Buttons: Gold
  • Fingerboard Ext: None
  • Edge Trim: None

Price: $2,299.99 CAD
  • Model: LKSM Leo Kottke
  • Year: 2000
  • Finish Gloss Natural
  • Class: Used
  • Serial Number: 20000315125 15 March 2000 El Cajon, California, USA
  • Country of Origin: USA
  • Condition: Good
  • Date Posted: 07/02/2021

  • This instrument has been sold
  • Consignment Item

  • Including original Hard case
  • Instrument Weight: 5.28lbs 2.4kg
  • Scale Length: 25.5in 647.7mm
  • Nut Width: 1.875in 47.625mm
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