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❌ SOLD ❌ William Laskin 12-String Guitar, 1976

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We see a number of 12-string guitars at The Twelfth Fret, and this one by William Laskin is exceptional. Dating to his Toronto shop in 1976, this wonderful guitar is simply adorned with an engraved inlay of a Canada Goose.

William Laskin, like many of a generation of Canada’s top luthiers, worked in Jean Larrivee‘s shops in Toronto before the moves to Vancouver and Victoria. Over the decades his skill and talent have continually developed and he is recognized as one of the top luthiers, and certainly one of the best engraved inlay artists in the world.

Here, Laskin provided a simple Canada Goose in flight, using engraved Mother of Pearl.

This William Laskin 12-String seems strongly influenced by the Larrivee body design, which in turn is based on the proportions of classical guitars by Hermann Hauser. These proportions provide a full, well balanced tone with plenty of volume. This piece uses a Sitka Spruce top and Indian Rosewood for the sides, three-piece back, and the headstock overlay that carries the Canada Goose inlay. The neck is mahogany, and the bound fingerboard and bridge are Ebony.

Overall, this piece is in very good condition with minimal wear on the body, neck and finish though it has definitely been played – fret wear is moderate, and there’s only one way for that to happen. The lacquer finish is very clean, with just natural sinking and no checking. This guitar has been very well cared for. unusually for 12-strings of its age, the neck set is very good, so it’s got a lot of playability before it requires any real repair work. A period hard shell case, possibly original, is included.


Price: $3999.99 CAD
  • Model: 12 String
  • Year: 1976
  • Finish Clear Gloss
  • Class: Vintage
  • Country of Origin: Canada
  • Condition: Good
  • Date Posted: 22/04/2018

  • This instrument has been sold
  • Consignment Item

  • Required CITIES documentation
  • Instrument Weight: 5.45lbs 2.48kg
  • Scale Length: 648mm 25.5in
  • Nut Width: 48mm 1.89in
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