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Amplifiers Vintage and Used

The Twelfth Fret carries many quality Vintage and Used amplifiers, Amplifiers have their own unique voices and it can be very interesting to play through different models.


Gold Corium Straps

Gold Corium Straps is a luxury bespoke leather guitar strap company from Toronto, Canada. They believe that a guitar strap should be as beautiful as the guitar it’s holding. Not just functional, it’s about style. This is why Gold Corium Straps focus on high-end products for the fashionable guitar player. Every strap is untouched by machine; meticulously made by hand with the finest precision. Every design is a unique Gold Corium creation. But what we offer is more than a product, it’s

Fender Squier All-New “Contemporary Series” Electric and Basses

Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC) announced the expansion of the Squier Contemporary Series with four models debuting at Summer NAMM in Nashville, Tenn.; they include all-new Jazz Bass and Jazzmaster models with an all-modern look, feel and aggressive tone at an accessible price. These additions mark the continued growth of modern Squier offerings to support today’s aspiring players.   “After introducing the Fender Contemporary Series earlier this year, the demand for our modern Squier offering continues to grow to meet

Enter the Fall for Ovangkol 414ce Giveaway – WIN A New Taylor 414ce Guitar

Enter now for a chance to win a Taylor 414ce, now featuring our revolutionary V-Class bracing.  The Taylor 414ce is among Taylor’s most popular Grand Auditorium guitars and newly upgraded to V-Class bracing, has long been a favorite of gigging and recording musicians thanks to its versatile tone and clean, workmanlike aesthetic.  Featuring a solid Sitka spruce top over ovangkol back and sides, this guitar represents the essential needs of the working guitarist from sound to style. This unique pairing of tonewoods produces a vibrant mix of clear mids and

New Fender Player Series Electric Guitars For Aspiring Artists

Fender Musical Instruments released a new line of electric guitars and basses for aspiring players and artists who represent the future of guitar. Dubbed the “Player Series,” the line will establish a new level of excellence for players ready to take that next step in their musical journey with Fender’s iconic models–whether their dreams lie on a big stage or in a garage band and beyond. The Fender Player Series replaces the Standard Series and is the new foundational offering

Schecter C-1 Koa Electric Guitar

Sometimes beauty is in the simplicity of things. I believe this to be the case with the new C-1 Koa model from Schecter guitars. Schecter may be well known to many players for their guitar designs leaning towards the hard rock and metal crowd, but this guitar has some serious cross appeal for many types of music. The C body shape from Schecter is an arched top double cutaway guitar with two humbuckers, a mahogany body and koa cap. The

How To Choose Fretwire

You like your instrument and play it a lot.   Now, you’ve come to the point where the frets are worn enough that you need to consider whether to dress and re-crowned, or re-fret.    If they can be dressed, this lasts for a while.   But if they’re going to be replaced, what kind of fret should you choose?  Fret choices used to be easy because little was available and even that was hard to find.  Fret wire was wider and low

Enter The Summer Song Taylor 814ce DLX Giveaway

Now until August 31, 2018, you could win a brand-new Taylor 814ce DLX Grand Auditorium guitar, an enhanced version of  Taylor’s flagship model featuring the new V-Class bracing system. One (1) winner from the USA or Canada, and one (1) winner from France, Germany, the Netherlands, or the United Kingdom, will each receive a V-Class Taylor 814ce DLX acoustic-electric guitar, an approximate retail value of $3,999.99 (€3,429.49). Our 800 Series Grand Auditorium has long been one of our most popular models, and the 814ce DLX

Fender Celebrates 60 Years of Jazzmaster Innovation

Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC) announced the 60th anniversary celebration of Fender’s most creative and expressive model: the Jazzmaster. A hero of the underground, the Jazzmaster has been adopted by generations of artists looking for unique sonic qualities and combinations, unlocking genre defying sound that lives on today within music and culture.   In 1958, Fender introduced the Jazzmaster as the top-of-the-line electric guitar for jazz musicians; later the sound and easily modifiable style attracted counterculture and misfit players, including aficionados of surf guitar

Taylor Guitars Builder’s Edition Model Featuring V-Class Bracing

Among Taylor Guitars’ exciting new model releases for 2018, the Builder’s Edition K14ce leads the charge as one of four new guitars featuring the all-new V-Class bracing system — a ground-breaking innovation that dramatically improves an acoustic guitar’s volume, sustain and intonation to deliver an extraordinary playing experience. Taylor master guitar designer Andy Powers, who developed the V-Class bracing scheme, conceived of the Builder’s Edition to celebrate the V-Class launch, creating the equivalent of an enhanced “director’s cut” edition, matching

Stan Rogers’ William Laskin Guitar – 🍁 Canada Day Feature

Many instruments pass through The Twelfth Fret Repair shop, and some are significant by themselves. On the occasion of 🍁Canada Day🍁 and by generous special permission, we’re delighted to share these photographs of the late Stan Rogers’ 1977 William Laskin guitar (which is not for sale) and this story by luthier G. W. Barry with you. Stan’s Guitar Stan Rogers created a legacy of songs that celebrate our country and the spirit of its people. His musical and lyrical craftsmanship

NAMM 2018 and Innovation: Enter The StompLight

The annual NAMM Show (National Association of Music Merchants) is an interesting event. There’s so much to see and learn about when it comes to anything music. A lot of it is so overwhelming you start to see a lot of the same things, or at least a lot of the new things, seem to be extremely repetitive. I like going as I get to do the complete opposite as most others. My job is to intentionally look for something

The Fly Rig Series From Tech 21 Just Keeps Getting Better and Better!

Going to the NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) show always affords us a great opportunity to see the latest and greatest gear for the upcoming year. Over the last number of years one of my main observations has been the increase in compact and lightweight amplifier and preamps for the gigging musician. This trend has been going on for a while now and includes some of the most interesting innovations for guitar and bass players like the Line6 Helix (all

How To Spice Up Your Travis Picking by Using The Up Beats

Travis picking is a great tool that every fingerpicker should have in their bag.  It’s the backbone to many popular songs both past and present and offers the player almost endless variations. This article will just begin to scratch the surface of how to take simple alternating thumb patterns and turn them into more interesting ideas. Here is what I would consider to be about the most basic Travis style pattern.  We will be using a first position C major

Free Introductory Lesson to New Students During Teach Music Week

The Twelfth Fret music school is participating in The 4th Annual “Teach Music Week” event taking place Monday, 19 March through Sunday, 25 March.  Teach Music Week helps to create more awareness for music education and the importance of music. We are offering a FREE introductory music lesson to new students who book during Teach Music Week!  This week-long action coincides with National “Music in Our Schools Month” (MiOSM). In 2017, there were over 600 participating locations in all 50 American

June is Eastman Month at The Twelfth Fret

June is officially “Eastman month” at The Twelfth Fret! All instock Eastman instruments – guitars, mandolins, ukuleles and banjos are featured at special pricing.  When it comes to building a guitar, there is a big difference between assembly and artistry. If history taught Eastman anything, it is that there is no substitute for skilled craftsmanship. At Eastman, each instrument is given the attention to detail required to ensure that it reaches its maximum potential. Features such as hand-scalloped bracing and

Fender Takes On Pedals With Six New All-Original Circuits

Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC) released six new, innovative effects pedals, marking its official entrance into the category with all-original circuits designed by in-house experts – the first of many in a long-term commitment to the category and sonic innovation. The new offerings provide a diverse set of effects – reverb, delay, overdrive, distortion, compression and buffering. From weekend warriors and pro players to guitarists looking for their first stomp box, Fender effects pedals give all types of players a

“Purple Berries 2” Ukulele Night With Douglas John Cameron • 5 March 2018

Join us for another Ukulele Night with host Douglas John Cameron!  Purple Berries 2  is an exploration of Joni Mitchell and an introduction to open tuning on the ukulele – performed by Douglas Cameron. Joni Mitchell is perhaps the most influential singer songwriter of her time. We will look at how she used open tunings in her own unique way by exploring some of her early songs Bring your ukulele and play along. If you wish to use one of our

A Night Of Acoustic Music with Jacobe Lauzon and Alanna Jenish

Join us for a night of Acoustic Music with Jacobe Lauzon and Alanna Jenish. As a duo, Alanna and Jake continually impress audiences with their sweet harmonies, lightening-fast instrumental solos and dynamic musical arrangements. More About Jacobe Lauzon Jacobe Lauzon began his musical journey at seven years of age, after showing a persistent interest in playing his father’s guitars. Years later, Jacobe has emerged as an accomplished young musician and singer, and has been busy playing regular gigs across Durham

Fender Diversifies Squier Offering With All-Modern “Contemporary Series” Electric Guitars

Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC) announced the expansion of its offerings with the new Squier Contemporary Series, which includes Stratocaster® and Telecaster® electric guitars with an all-modern look, feel and sound at a meaningful price point. The first new series added to Squier’s offering in several years, this line is ideal for players – entry level and beyond – seeking progressive features in a guitar that that has authentic vibe and style. “When we set out to design this series, we

SOLD!!! 2009 Rickenbacker 4001 C64 Bass

Rickenbacker introduced the 4001 bass in 1961 as an improved version of their first bass, the 4000 (introduced in 1957). The 4001 sported the same distinctive ‘crested wave’ body shape, but added a neck pickup and the cast bridge with built-in adjustable mute.

New from Alhambra in Spain: Carlos Piñana Flamenco Models

  In the past century, Flamenco Guitars evolved as solo instruments to accompany dancers.  Huge volume with strong note-separation was essential as these guitars had to compete with the dancers and background noise of the busy local restaurants. The traditional Flamenco Guitar is loud, brash and clear sounding. Built with cypress wood back and sides this light weight wood reflects treble frequencies as it reduces bass output.  The shallow neck angle and low saddle-down-bearing angle plus narrower sides that reduce

Practicing, The Internet and 100 Conflicting Opinions

  My students will frequently ask me what my thoughts are on various online articles they may have come across.  It might be a specific video tutorial, maybe a how to hold your hands article or a how to structure your practicing time column.  There is a lot of information out there, much of it conflicting and a lot of it in my opinion misses the mark, in some cases by miles.  I remember in one case a student was

Ibanez RB and RGA Models – Quality and Versatility In A Beginner Electric Guitar

  In my opinion two of the most important things to look for in a great beginner electric guitar is quality in the craftsmanship and versatility both in sound and playability. While there are many guitar makers that are offering these traits in their line of student and starter guitars and for this I am going to focus on two Ibanez models – the RB and the RGA models – from the Ibanez standard series. The Ibanez RG and Ibanez

Humidification On a Larger Scale

  When the time of year arrives where both temperatures and relative humidity drop, and musical instruments start to respond to the changes, that’s the time when extra care for humidification is required. The rule of thumb is that once the furnace comes on, it’s time to humidify and if it comes to the point where you are uncomfortable, instruments will be at risk.   Maintaining a good humidity level of around 45% in your spaces will help you, not just

Intonation and Guitar Set Up

Most of the photos seen on The Twelfth Fret’s website are taken in a room next to the Repair Shop’s intake desk, usually the room I often spend time in.  One of the most common requests I over hear is to replace tuning gears because the guitar won’t stay in tune.   However, the parts are usually fine – the problem is that the guitar isn’t set up properly and can’t get in tune at all! There are situations where parts

The Metronome

One of the less glamorous but critically helpful tools for any musician is the metronome. Ranging from simple clock-spring click devices to electronic boxes capable of multiple rhythms and time signatures, properly used the metronome can quickly improve your playing. It is essential if you are playing with other musicians or want to record your music. Like tuning, our sense of time is partly learned and many things that will cause a player to speed up or slow down. We

Super-Vee BladeRunner Bridge

From time to time a new guitar product comes along that can be truly called an advancement;  the BladeRunner Bridge qualifies as a major advancement in floating-bridge technology.  At first blush, the BladeRunner is a solidly made bridge; lovely machine work and plating on the saddles, and a smooth-feeling whammy-bar adjustable tensioner that eliminates slop in the trem-arm threads. But the unique innovation is the elimination of the knife edges; THE principal cause of tuning issues. Super-Vee BladeRunner Bridge High Tensile

Fender Teams Up With Justin Meldal-Johnsen For Artist Signature Series JMJ Road Worn Mustang Bass

Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC) released the JMJ Road Worn Mustang Bass, the latest addition to the Fender Artist Signature Series that debuted at Summer NAMM 2017.  Evocative of JMJ’s (Justin Meldal-Johnsen) versatile music background, the bass is modeled after his own vintage 1966 Daphne Blue 4-string Mustang Bass. Often working behind the scenes, JMJ has used his prized Mustang Bass and diverse talents – from playing to producing – to make a big impact on the modern rock genre in collaboration

Oasis Humidifier For Guitar, Ukulele, Mandolin

 When winter arrives and your home or studio heating’s turned on – it’s time to put your Oasis Guitar Humidifier to work! You probably already know that your instrument can crack in dry weather. Repairing a cracked top of a fine guitar is both expensive and can alter the sound of your instrument. To solve this problem, guitarists have been using humidifiers since the 1960’s. These humidifiers often have a number of drawbacks. The first is that you cannot see

Demeter MB-2 Midboost – Fat Control

The MB-2 Midboost/Fat Control is an onboard guitar midboost/buffer which includes a wide variable gain mid frequency power booster control and a built-in low impedance buffer. The Fat Control boosts a wide mid frequency range for a more distinct natural musical frequency boost than all other mid controls. The frequencies selected give your guitar the best response and sustain possible.  

Virtuoso Premium Polish

Virtuoso Premium Polish is a superior musical instrument care product specially developed for vintage guitars and other musical instruments. Vintage instruments with nitrocellulose lacquer finishes require more care and attention than modern polyurethane finishes that are being produced today.

Barigo Hygrometer

Throughout the year, it’s essential to measure the relative humidity in order to reach proper humidification levels, allowing you to add or remove the correct amount of moisture in the air. This measurement is done with an instrument called a hygrometer.

The Twelfth Fret carries a custom branded version of the Barigo Hygrometer. Barigo is a highly respected German manufacturer of measuring devices, and their hygrometer is one of the best available.

Sunrise S-1 LR Pickup System

The Sunrise S-1 LR Pickup System has earned the respect of professional players on stage and in the studio for over 20 years.  The Sunrise Pickup System mounts securely in the soundhole, and can be wired with endpin and mini connectors, allowing easy removal if desired. A long wire Sunrise Pickup with 24 inch cable is available for temporary installations that run the wire out of the soundhole.     NOTE:  We can also supply output jacks: either a flush mount

Bond Guitars

Bond Guitars was set up by Andrew Bond (who died in 1999) in Muir of Ord, Scotland, in 1984. The company ceased trading in 1986.

Hall MyBanjo Universal 3 way Banjo Head Tuning Wrench

  The Hall MyBanjo Universal 3 way Banjo Head Tuning Wrench is an essential tool for tuning banjo heads. The three sockets fit 1/4 inch, 9/32 inch, and 5/16 inch bracket hook and tailpiece nuts. This comes in very handy as nut sizes can vary from banjo to banjo.  

Virtuoso Premium Cleaner

Virtuoso Premium Cleaner is a superior musical instrument care product that were especially developed for vintage guitars and other musical instruments. Vintage instruments with nitrocellulose lacquer finishes require more care and attention than modern polyurethane finishes that are being produced today. The cleaner is different than any other cleaner that you may have used with your musical instruments in the past.  

Martin & Co. Custom Shop Guitars

At my recent visit to the Martin factory I purchased several already built Custom Shop guitars which will arrive at The Twelfth Fret in the next few weeks.  But the real fun came with my visit to the Custom Shop where I put together an order for two guitars.  I was allowed to sort through stacks of wood to choose the actual top, back and sides plus input every structural detail in construction and internal bracing. My fellow dealers were

Ernie Ball Music Man St. Vincent Signature Model Electric Guitar

Music Man Guitars is a long-time favourite among many players seeking excellent playability and functionality in a US made instrument. The St. Vincent signature guitar with GRAMMY® award-winning musician Annie Clark aka “St. Vincent”– brings her own signature model to the ranks of these exceptional instruments. Annie and the award-winning engineering team at Ernie Ball Music Man set out to design a unique electric guitar that fit her form, playing technique and style Annie is a singer songwriter and multi-instrumentalist

Meet Grace VanderWaal Fender Guitars’ Youngest Signature Series Artist in Fender History

Just days before the launch of her first LP ‘Just The Beginning’, Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC) is proud to announce the launch of pop-sensation Grace VanderWaal’s very own Signature Ukulele series– available Spring 2018.  Fender’s popular artist signature models are geared toward product progression and storytelling, creating instruments designed to the unique specifications of the world’s most iconic artists. Adding the winner of the 11th season of NBC’s top-rated America’s Got Talent to the Fender family, VanderWaal is among a wave of

Gretsch Announces New Limited Edition Models

Gretsch announces a handful of new Limited Edition models: G6136T Falcon. G5422TG Electromatic Hollow Body. G5435TG Electromatic Pro Jet. G9500 Jim Dandy Flat Top guitar. G6136T Limited Edition Falcon With String-Thru Bigsby Offering all the classic Falcon elements, in a new arresting Azure Metallic finish- the G6136T Limited Edition Falcon with String-Thru Bigsby offers iconic style and richly robust Gretsch tone that cuts through a dense onstage mix. It’s a stand-out-from-the-crowd guitar, both sonically and visually. A pair of TV Jones Classic

Hiscox Acoustic Guitar Flight-Case; Lightweight and Ultra Tough

Hiscox Musical Instrument Cases are made in the Staffordshire, England to the highest standards. These ultra-lightweight cases are “flight worthy”. With 800 pounds of “crush resistance”, they’re ideal for air-travel.  Even the most determined baggage handler will be hard pressed to damage your guitar in a Hiscox case! Hiscox cases first came to my attention when Lowden Guitars and Ramirez Guitars started using them for their top models. I approached Hiscox and they agreed to ship them by ocean container for

Seven Mistakes Beginner Guitar Players Tend to Make

We’ve all been there before; a lot of us learned the hard way. Learning the guitar is tough! Especially in the beginning stages, and since we’re so focused on learning the instrument we tend to ignore certain things that could actually hinder our playing in the long run. Here are seven mistakes beginner guitar players tend to make, and ways to avoid them.   NOT Tuning Your Guitar Before You Start To Play.   When I was in elementary school, we

Do Expensive Guitar Cables Really Sound Better?

It’s a common question: “How much money should I spend on a guitar cable?” Anyone in the market for a new cable will quickly discover a massive range in price. Surely, a $160 cable must be vastly superior to a $10 cable, right? Well, perhaps not. Many high-end guitar cable makers will make bold claims about the tonal improvements provided by their cables. But “tone” is a tricky thing to compare. The way we hear can be very subjective. There’s

Playing A Simple Dead Thumb Blues

You know from the very beginning when something is called “dead thumb” it’s going to be cool!  The dead thumb technique is very old and many of the oldest blues and roots recordings feature it fully or in some variant form.  People interested in older blues styles will know the sound of this technique right away, but lately a number of newer, popular artists are revisiting it with great success and bringing it to a wider audience.  The artist Hozier

John Page Classic Ashburn Guitar

The Ashburn Guitar from John Page is a uniquely familiar guitar with classic lines and some subtle yet impactful features. John Page has 40 years of guitar building experience including co- founding and leading the Fender Custom Shop and building instruments for Eric Clapton, David Gilmour, and Pete Townshend. He set out to design a guitar with richer more complex tones and effortless playability. John feels the neck interaction with the body in addition to the chosen materials and electronics

“Purple Berries” Ukulele Night With Douglas John Cameron • 27 November 2017

“Purple Berries” Ukulele Night With Douglas John Cameron • 27 November 2017 Join us at The Twelfth Fret with host Douglas John Cameron. The evening’s theme is “Purple Berries” after the line in “Wooden Ships” from Crosby Stills and Nash’s (CSN) first album. Selections from Crosby Stills and Nash’s first album arranged for ukulele, performed by Douglas Cameron. Sing and play along with “Helplessly Hoping” and “Marrakesh Express” and enjoy renditions of “Guinevere”, “ Lady of the Island” and a work

Deering Goodtime Fretless Banjos

Banjos began to be commercially produced in the 1850s and enjoyed huge popularity.   During the next 40 years over 80 American companies produced banjos. 19th Century banjos remained true to their African roots; they were fretless and fitted with friction-peg tuners.   In the 1880s, fretted banjos appear, offered by companies such as C. Bruno and Sons of New York.  By the 1900s only a handful of fretless models remained, catering to the older players who had cut their teeth on

Fender Releases Limited Edition Jimi Hendrix Monterey Stratocaster in Honor Of Monterey International Pop Festival

Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC) announced the launch of its newest addition to the Artist Signature Series: the Jimi Hendrix Monterey Stratocaster; it honors the late and great rock icon, whose persona and legacy is not only synonymous with the Fender Stratocaster, but also rock ‘n’ roll at large. Jimi Hendrix took the world by storm with his incredible 1967 Monterey Pop Festival performance, which he concluded with the sacrificial burning of his now-iconic, hand-painted Stratocaster. First revealed at Summer NAMM

 Fender California Coast Series Ukuleles Celebrating Its Californian Roots

Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC) – born and raised near the coast of Southern California – launched of its new California Coast Series Ukuleles, celebrating the brand’s California roots. All five, diverse soprano, concert and tenor models are named after beaches along the coast of California – from Los Angeles to picturesque Santa Barbara, capturing the spirit of California beach culture and the lifestyle it has to offer year-round. Coming soon, all models from the California Coast Series Ukuleles will

Taylor Guitars Road Show Event 25 October, 2017

You’re invited to join us at The Twelfth Fret for the Taylor Guitars Road Show 2017! Here you’ll enjoy guitar talk and demos with Taylor factory staff from El Cajon, California. DATE: Wednesday October 25, 2017 TIME: 7PM  ADDRESS: The Twelfth Fret Shop, 2132 Danforth Avenue.  Evening Highlights Include:  • Experience the new Academy Series & GS Mini Bass • Test-drive Taylor’s latest guitar models • Consult with Taylor’s experts to find the perfect guitar • Special Road Show pricing on Taylor

Gibson Showcase Event -12 October, 2017

  Join us at The Twelfth Fret for an evening dedicated to Gibson guitars! Date: 12 October, 2017 – Thursday. Time: 19:00 – 20:30 / 7:00 -8:30 P.M. Place: The Twelfth Fret – 2132 Danforth Avenue, Toronto, Ontario Chris Gauthier of Yorkville Sound will be here for an info and demonstration session featuring a beautiful collection of Gibson electric and acoustic instruments. RSVP:  Email your RSVP to “Sales@12fret.com” with Gibson event in the subject to confirm your spot. Or call

Restoration

The question of instrument restoration regularly comes up at the repair bench.    Here, we’ll talk about the broadest outlines of restoration and repairing and look closer in upcoming episodes.  Many people who have older, often badly worn or damaged instruments, and especially inherited from family members, want to know about restoring them to playable or new condition.  Answering these questions requires looking at all the aspects of what’s happened to the instrument over time, what outcome is hoped for and

Godin Summit Classic Ltd Desert Blue Cutaway Guitar

Ever dreamed of owning a classic single cutaway-style guitar but the price tag on most brands you look at is somewhat out of your reach? Well, you owe it to yourself to check out the Godin Summit Classic Ltd.  The in particularly the sparkled desert blue finish – Godin has really turned up the cool factor here! The Summit Classic line from Godin is beautifully well crafted line of single cutaway guitars with a maple cap on a mahogany body. 

Expanding Your Ukulele Playing

If you’ve been getting the feeling you’re stuck in a rut, playing the same old chords, in the same old rhythms – on your ukulele, this article is for you. The ukulele is a surprisingly fun little instrument which plays much like a guitar. It’s super convenient to travel with, and even easier to grab for an outdoor summertime tune. It’s also fun to just strum chords – for a while. I frequently see students on both the guitar and

Seven Things Likely To Go Wrong At Your Gig And How To Prepare For Them

A few weeks ago on a Saturday night, I played a show for my band’s CD release party. As you might imagine, I’ve played quite a number of shows in my time – and no matter how much you prepare, they never seem to go as well as you’d expect. Though often they’re amazing – all the way through – with everything going right. But on other nights, it’s like living through a nightmare!   To help you along, or

SOLD!!! Fender Custom Shop NOS 1960 Telecaster Custom with Bigsby Ice Blue Metallic – 2008

Fender introduced the Telecaster Custom in 1959 as part of an upwards redesign, and had the new rosewood fingerboard and in 1960 custom colours appeared!

2015 Douglas Harrison GB Custom Dual Pickup Thinline Archtop

The Douglas Harrison GB model has been very successful with jazz guitarists and here we have another custom configuration using two Lindy Fralin pickups.

2017 Larrivee L-03 Canada 150 Commemorative Edition

2017 Larrivee L-03 Canada 150 Commemorative Edition

SOLD!!! 2014 Gretsch 6122-1962 Chet Atkins Country Gentleman Thinline Archtop

It’s no secret around here that I’m a fan of Gretsch guitars, and the 6122-1962 Chet Atkins Country Gentleman is a great illustration of why that is.

SOLD!!! 2003 M. Collins Grande Bouche Gypsy Jazz Guitar

What’s known as the Grande Bouche or ‘Big Mouth’ was the original Maccaferri design, built by Selmer, for Gypsy Jazz guitarists like Django Reinhardt.

2017 Pattison Whyte Laydie 5-String Black Walut Banjo

Here’s a treat – a locally sourced Whyte Laydie style open back banjo in Black Walnut from Pattison Stringed Instruments in Guelph, Ontario.

2001 Gretsch G6196GC Country Club Archtop Cadillac Green

This is very cool and classy – sporting a Cadillac Green finish and TV Jones Classics, a 2001 Gretsch Country Club G6196GC.

1986 Ibanez Allan Holdsworth AH-20 Solidbody White

The late Allan Holdsworth came seemingly out of nowhere and put the developing jazz-fusion scene on its ear from the early 1970’s.

SOLD!! 2007 Gibson Les Paul Special Doublecut Faded Cherry

I’m really enjoying this guitar – built in 2007, a Gibson Les Paul Special Doublecut with P90 pickups, in Faded Cherry finish.

SOLD!!! 1976 Fender Stratocaster Hardtail Black

Though it was available as an option from the 1954 introduction, the Fender Stratocaster Hardtail version is not as well known as its trem-bridge brother.

SOLD!!! 2010 Gibson ES-339 Thinline Archtop Electric Caramel Sunburst

Descending directly from the ES-339 line, the Gibson ES-339 was an immediate hit when it appearead in 2007, sporting a scaled-down body but full-size neck.

Tuners and Tuning Machines

Traditionally, tapered friction tuning pegs made of hard wood were carefully fitted into matching holes on the headstock.   This is still the case with violin family instruments and traditional Flamenco guitars.   However, as metal working techniques improved during the Industrial Revolution mass-produced reliable tuning gears or “machine heads” appeared, offering easier and more accurate adjustment. Tuners and Tuning Machines Friction Tuners You’ll recognise a friction tuner right away – they are the standard part on any violin.   They are made

Thinking Of Getting a Child Interested in Music? Consider the Ukulele

Most people know of the Ukulele as a little Hawaiian guitar like instrument that has one foot in the world of music and the other in the world of toys, or at best tourist souvenirs. Tiny Tim and his goofy version of “Tip-Toe Through the Tulips”  from the late 60s did little to change this impression.   The ukulele is thought to be a 19th century Hawaiian adaptation of a Portuguese machete, a small four string guitar-like instrument that made

Setting Up A Fender Stratocaster Trem (Part 1)

Here we’re looking at a common issue and some ways to address it. This is, of course, getting a Fender Stratocaster guitar – with the original style vibrato bridge – to stay pretty much in tune even when using the bar. As well, we’ll look at setting up the bridge to pull the strings up specific intervals from its resting position. First, it’s necessary to understand that the Fender Stratocaster vibrato bridge isn’t a part, or a set of parts;

Made In Japan – Ibanez Prestige RG

Most often when guitar players think of premium made electric guitars major US brand names come to mind. However, the sometimes overlooked high quality guitars produced in Japan can provide players with an equivalent instrument at significant savings. Having just spent three weeks of vacation in Japan this year I was able to see first-hand the pride and craftsmanship that goes into all things Japanese made all the way from their Sushi to premium electric guitars. It was also very

Moving From Beginner Fingerpicking Techniques to Travis Picking

In my last article on fingerpicking, I introduced some of the basics needed to turn simple chord knowledge into some basic finger-picking techniques.  Now, I’d like to introduce some slightly more advanced right hand techniques and start getting into some intermediate level exercises with a focus on Travis style picking. Travis picking is a very distinctive and specific right hand technique that takes its name from American music pioneer Merle Travis (1917-1983). Although the technique bears the name “Travis” today,

Acoustic Guitar Pickups And Which One Is Right For You?

Amplifying acoustic guitars is always a bit of a challenge. Capturing the lush, natural tone of your favourite guitar is not easy to do without introducing feedback, unwanted handling noise, and a list of other annoyances. But with so many pickups on the market, how do you choose the best one for your guitar? Which acoustic pickup is right for you? Today we’re going to do a little rundown through some of our favourites here at the Twelfth Fret, and

Martin Guitar Factory Tour

Recently I was flown down to the Martin Guitar Factory in Nazareth, Pennsylvania for a two day dealer-tour of the factory and Custom Shop. It is fascinating to see over 500 people building some of the world’s finest guitars in such a quiet, clean and organized fashion. The constant attention to detail and quality is what strikes me the most.  Martin Guitar seems to understand that though some degree of automation is needed, a constant hands-on component is essential to

SOLD!!! Legendary Ed Bickert Tribute Fender Telecaster

In 1978, the legendary Ed Bickert visited my shop for the first time.   As he dragged his heavily worn blond Tele out of his gig bag, his little daughter looked up and said “daddy, are you going to paint your guitar?” Ed never touched the finish but he did have me install a new pickup in this famous Telecaster.  We experimented with several humbucker pickups, finally settling on a Gibson PAF reissue.  Early in his career he played a late

Five Ways to Improve Your Guitar Playing

During the fifteen years I’ve been teaching at The Twelfth Fret I’ve noticed my beginner and intermediate students seem to hit the same road blocks. Students of all ages can get really discouraged that they’re not improving and wonder if learning an instrument is something they have the ability or the time to do. It’s almost always the same things that bog them down and the following five tips can help you overcome frustration and grow your skills as a

The Tech 21 Fly Rig 5 Portable Amp And Pedal Solution

The Tech 21 Fly Rig 5 is a great sounding feature packed portable amp and pedal solution for guitar players. This small and stylish unit weighs in at just over 18oz and 12 inches in length. That means you can easily fit the Fly Rig 5 into your gig bag and away you go. At the core of this unit is the analog Tech 21 sansamp which simulates the amp, speaker and microphone and allows you to dial in your

Promo! Buy a NEW Eastman Thinline Guitar – Get a Seymour Duncan Pedal Free!

For almost any genre, from Blues to Country, and Jazz to Pop, Overdrive or clean boost are used to achieve their signature “tones.” Eastman Guitars recognize this and want to give players the TONE they’re after. While supplies last, Eastman has partnered with Seymour Duncan to offer your customers a free 805 Overdrive ($179 Value) or a Killing Floor ($159 Value) pedal with the purchase of any NEW Eastman Thinline guitar. There are only 2 steps your customer will need

Stinger Straps for Guitars Handcrafted by Canadian Designers

A guitar strap is a useful accessory especially if you’re standing to play or during practise.   Guitar straps are selected for practicality, as well as personal style.  When we checked out handcrafted Stinger Straps we just had to share the discovery with you. Stinger Straps are beautifully designed, comfortable and provide excellent weight distribution – and each one is designed right here in Canada. Stinger straps combine quality and style. Stinger Straps is a collaboration of leather accessory designers Victor

An Introduction to Fingerstyle Guitar

If you have ever wanted to expand your guitar playing beyond strumming an accompaniment chord part then finger-style guitar is great way to add variety to your playing and a great way to impress your friends too. In the following article I’m going to talk about some simple techniques to get any guitar player started down the road to finger-style playing and answer some of the most frequently asked questions – FAQS –  I get from students learning to finger-pick.

Guitar Doctor Lubricant for Electric and Acoustic Guitars

Created by Wyres Strings, this special blend of oil and PTFE (is a synthetic fluoropolymer of tetrafluoroethylene) is ideal for nut slots, string trees, open machine tuners, electric guitar saddles and whammy bar knife edges.  The luthiers in our busy Twelfth Fret workshop have used Guitar Doctor Lube daily since the early 1990’s. Guitar Doctor Lubricant reduces tuning problems plus prevents rust and tarnish on bridge hardware that is in constant contact with your hands. Most busy guitarists with three or

The Right Hand and Harmonic Support

The guitar is a great instrument for many reasons, it’s a folk instrument, meaning “of the people”. It’s compact, portable, capable of different tunings and it comes in many different varieties; acoustic, electric, nylon string, baritone, 12 string or even 7 string. With this much variety it’s no wonder there are so many musical styles that the guitar can cover. One thing it is not however, is a piano. By that I mean it does not have the capability of

José Ramírez Guitarra Del Tiempo Guitar Reviewed

The new Ramirez del Tiempo Guitar celebrates 135 years of the historic “Casa Ramírez” established by José Ramírez I –  in 1882; currently enjoying its fifth generation of Ramírez family ownership. 

Designed by Maestro-Luthier Amalia Ramírez, the Del Tiempo is a continuation of the esteemed 130 Años model.   Typical of all Ramirez guitars, the classic “Spanish sound” is immediately apparent; full bass response, plenty of volume and warm, sensitive trebles with good balance through the entire range.

Time Management

Every now and then a student arrives for a lesson and complains that they cannot play up to the speed they would like. “Speed” meant literally; they can’t play fast. When they try, their lines sound sloppy and disjointed, with lots of unintentionally muted notes. They try over and over to increase the tempos and simplify their lines, but to no avail. This is actually a symptom of a larger issue. It’s an issue of technique for sure, but not

Handmade Wyres Acoustic Guitar Strings

Wyres strings use the finest materials; Phosphor Bronze windings on premium grade, nickel-plated, musical-steel-wire core and the “P.T.F.D; Enhanced” coating makes them unique in the guitar string world. These ultra-high quality strings are handmade in Queens, New York. Then the strings are packaged in Toronto where the unique Wyres coating is also applied. The Wyres proprietary coating is a “hydrophobic” polymer which repels water and oils.  Applied by hand before packaging, this ultra-thin polymer prevents oxidation and discolouration of the

Old VS. New – The Future of Sustainable Guitar Making

As we know, guitar players are some of the most finicky people around. This is especially true when it comes to purchasing a guitar. Like most stringed instruments, guitar making is usually of wood, and currently is the common practice today. But seriously speaking, they shouldn’t be – not anymore – and here’s why. Learn From The Past Does you recall the Brazilian rosewood?  How epic the figuring was on an old Martin. How amazing it sounded when combined with

Line 6 Helix Guitar Multi-Effects Processor Review

The world of guitar amp modeling has come a long way in recent years. Take a look at the gear being used by active, touring guitar players all around the world and you’ll notice a common trend; “real” amps are steadily being augmented or replaced by a variety digital amp modeling units. Units like the Axe-FX II by Fractal Audio Systems or the Kemper Profiler have become the backbone of countless guitar rigs. As pioneers of the amp-modeling world, Line 6

Feature Video by Richard Smyth

One of our Twelfth Fret Music School teachers and renowned musicians – Richard Smyth, shows us in this video, a finger-style method he uses a lot. Richard notes that the thumb of the right hand plays a walking bass line, while the fingers pluck the chord changes. Great for jazz , or any tune where a walking bass is demanded. Any questions, or if you wish to book time in the studio with Richard, simply use our contact form.  

Three Good Reasons Spending More on Your First Guitar is Worth It

Over the years at The Twelfth Fret, we’ve encountered a mindset accompanying the first guitar buying process which actually, couldn’t be further from the truth.  A belief where beginners, or parents buying for their kids are under the impression that to buy something cheap and affordable is the right way to start. And later on when they become more advanced at playing, they’ll upgrade and spend a bit more money for a better guitar. This also is a way where

Banjo Night With Hosts Chris Quinn and Frank Evans – 20 March 2017

Banjo Night returns to The Twelfth Fret! Featuring Banjo Experts :: Chris Quinn and Frank Evans – Join Us! ►DATE: 20 March, 2017 (Monday) ►TIME: 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. ►LOCATION: The Twelfth Fret Shop – 2132 Danforth Avenue FEE: Tickets to Banjo Night are $20.00 This includes your admission PLUS a $20.00 Gift Card *Gift Card redeemable at The Twelfth Fret duing normal shop hours. RSVP: • Send an email with subject “RSVP BANJO EVENT” to: sales@12fret.com • Call us

The Evolution of The Guitar Amplifier Continues

One of my favourite new products at the 2017 NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) show was the MV50 series of guitar amplifiers from Vox. Small, incredibly lightweight, versatile, and best of all – it sounds great. It is also the perfect example of an ongoing trend in the world of electric guitar amps, and how they are used. For decades, amplifier designers and guitar players alike seemed obsessed with the idea of earth-shattering guitar amps. Every new amp needed

Here’s What’s Trending From NAMM 2017

While attending the 2017 NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) show in Anaheim, California recently, I was overwhelmed by the amount of amazing guitars, amplifiers, effects and processors now available. What an exciting time it is for consumers! However, how does one go about choosing a guitar, an amplifier or effects pedals when there’s so much choice and so much marketing buzz competing for your hard earned dollars? This can make it difficult to navigate and equally challenging when trying

Seeing Past Buzzwords When Looking to Buy

While attending the 2017 NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) show in Anaheim, California recently, I was overwhelmed by the amount of amazing guitars, amplifiers, effects and processors now available. What an exciting time it is for consumers! However, how does one go about choosing a guitar, an amplifier or effects pedals when there’s so much choice and so much marketing buzz competing for your hard earned dollars? This can make it difficult to navigate and equally challenging when trying

New Acoustic Guitars In Stock

We can’t post everything we have in stock, so we are listing some of the new acoustic guitars in the store.

The G W Barry 30/12 Collection

2016 marks 30 years of G W Barry guitars at the Twelfth Fret. To celebrate the occasion we are receiving three exquisite new instruments.

National Reso-Phonic ResoRocket Steel Guitar

The National Reso-Phonic Reso Rocket is one of National’s newly designed single resonator guitars.

National Reso-Phonic M-1 Cutaway Tricone

The wood body National Reso-Phonic M-1 Cutaway Tricone blends the sound of a tricone with the warmth of wood, and has a lighter weight as a bonus.

National Reso-Phonic M-1 Tricone Wood Body

The wood body National Reso-Phonic M-1 Tricone blends the unmistakable sound of a tricone with the warmth of wood, with lighter weight as a bonus.

National Reso-Phonic Revolver Resolectric Guitar

The current National Reso-Phonic Revolver Resolectric model uses an audiophile-quality Highlander preamp to mix the magnetic and piezoelectric pickups.

National Reso-Phonic ResoRocket Wood Body Single Cone Guitar

The National Reso-Phonic ResoRocket is a new single resonator cutaway guitar with a coverplate complementing the distinctive Tricone-style grille work.

NO LONGER AVAILABLE!!! Tom Holmes THC DC Lenny Breau Jazz Guitar

One of the most impressive and influential jazz guitarists, the late, great Lenny Breau had an incredible talent honed by obsessively hard work.

Twelfth Fret Repair Shop Broken Headstock Fix

One of the surprisingly common events that brings instruments to The Twelfth Fret Repair Shop is a broken headstock.

The Twelfth Fret’s 2015 Boxing Week Sale

Check out The Twelfth Fret’s 2015 Boxing Week Sale Flyer!

Deering Golden Era Banjo

The Deering Golden Era banjo is an accurate reproduction of the classic banjos of the 1930’s made with the same materials and the same weight, design and features of the originals.

2016 Gibson Les Paul Standard T

Presenting the new 2016 Gibson Les Paul Standard T! Gibson has provided real, but not radical, upgrades to the Les Paul Standard.

Cervantes Fleta Concert Classical Guitar

We are very happy to be receiving Cervantes classical and flamenco guitars again. This Cervantes Fleta Concert, built with solid Indian rosewood with a solid cedar top, nicely demonstrates the quality of Cervantes guitars.

The Twelfth Fret Email Upgrade October 29 2015

This morning, October 29 2015, we are upgrading our email system to improve access, response times, performance, and more reliable delivery. Today there will be a brief period, while the email server records change, where mail is interrupted. Following that, email will resume but it may take up to two days for propagation to finish.

Gibson Acoustic at The Twelfth Fret October 28 2015

The Twelfth Fret hosts Gibson Acoustic for a presentation at our shop on Wednesday October 28 2015 at 7PM. Admission is free!

The Windsor Zither Banjo SOLD

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

All About A Fretted Instrument’s Scale Length

A guitar’s (or any fretted instrument’s) scale length is the basic distance between the nut or zero fret and the bridge’s saddle. This measurement not only determines the placement of the frets for proper intonation, but has a profound effect on string tension, tone, and in some cases, tuning stability.

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 the case with my “projects”, it was forgotten for years. I recently came into a lovely set of Ivoroid friction tuners that reminded me of the Bruno banjo and its need for appropriate tuners. This 130-year-old set of friction pegs were typical of the 1880s or 90s. And since they are synthetic ivory, they are legal under the CITES regulations.

Gibson TG-00 Tenor Guitar 1934 (SOLD)

This little tenor from the early 30’s is in great overall shape for its age, sounds great and comes with a cardboard case.

Gold Tone PBS-D Deluxe Maple Squareneck Reso-Phonic Guitar

Paul Beard – Gold Tone PBS-D Deluxe Maple Resophonic guitars feature Paul Beard’s own spun aluminum cone and spider assembly on a Beard designed open sound well that rivals the sound of instruments at twice the price.

Huber Workhorse Curly Maple Banjo

Huber Workhorse Curly Maple Banjo

In Memory of Domenic Troiano 1946-2005

Domenic Troiano and his customized Telecaster were highly influential and literally held in awe! Donnie played with an intensity and emotion that set him apart from an entire generation of guitarists.

1955 Silvertone S1384 Archtop Electric Guitar (SOLD)

This is seriously cool – a 1955 Silvertone S1384 Archtop Guitar. This guitar is virtually identical to the 1955 Harmony Espanada model, with the difference being the branding logos.

The Gibson Hummingbird

One of the true classics, the Gibson Hummingbird is instantly recognizable by its square-shoulder dreadnought design, rich warm tone, and distinctive hand-painted pickguard.

Huber Workhorse Mahogany Banjo

At last – a Huber banjo that won’t break the bank! The Huber Workhorse is Huber’s new Mastertone RB-3 ‘clone’ model, with the Huber 844 Tone Ring, Bowtie inlays, nickel hardware and Sims maple rim. The Satin finish feels like a lovely old banjo.

Beard JD Blackbeard Jerry Douglas Signature Squareneck Resophonic Guitar

Here it is – the Beard JD Blackbeard Jerry Douglas Signature Squareneck Resophonic Guitar! A cosmetically stripped down version of the Beard Jerry Douglas Signature model, the Beard JD Blackbeard features the E model body built with solid mahogany top, back, sides and neck and a very interesting translucent black finish.

2015 Loomer Walnut Parlour Guitar SOLD

Here is a lovely Walnut-bodied Parlour Guitar from the shop of John Loomer in Darien, Connecticut. John has been repairing and building in Darien for quite some time.

Gibson 1963 ES-335 (NO LONGER AVAILABLE)

We’ve just received a new Gibson 1963 ES-335 in a VOS cherry finish, built at the Gibson Memphis plant. What a guitar!

1987 David Wren Maple 12 String Guitar SOLD

This 1987 David Wren Maple 12 String Guitar draws some visual influences from the classic Guild jumbo 12’s, though the modified body shape produces a tigher, more focused and less boomy sound while retaining much of the raw power of the Guild. This was David’s largest model, and he referred to it as the ‘Roundup’.

The Banjo Playoffs! Monday March 30 2015 7PM

It’s the Banjo Playoff season! Come to The Twelfth Fret for an evening of banjos with Chris Quinn and Frank Evans – Monday, March 30, 2015. 7 to 8:30PM, limited seating available. Price is $20, which gets you a seat and a $20 Twelfth Fret Gift Card redeemable during normal shop hours.

Nechville Flex-Tone Bluegrass Banjo

Tom Nechville has just shipped us our first of his new line, the Nechville Flex-Tone bluegrass banjo! These professional-quality instruments are built for bluegrass, and the Nechville Flux Capacitor gives them all the adjustablilty of other Nechville instruments!

1926 Weymann Style 1 Orchestra Model Tenor Banjo SOLD

Weymann banjos were built by H. Weymann and Sons, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Originally produced with the name ‘Keystone’ in early 1900, in 1924 the Weymann name appeared and was used until 1934. Weymann instruments are known for high-quality construction and unique features

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 very elaborate, carved, engraved and plated, and have a full, rich tone with lots of power.

1981 David Wren Studio Guitar (consignment)

The David Wren Studio line was made during the early 1980’s as a simpler, lower-priced ‘standard production’ alternative to the rather more expensive custom order models that most builders create. These models feature a spruce top and mahogany back and sides with ebony bridge, maple binding, and a mahogany neck with ebony fingerboard.

1962 Gretsch Chet Atkins 6120 Double Cutaway Thinline Archtop SOLD

For 1962 the Gretsch Chet Atkins 6120 had a dramatic makeover. In particular, the new, thinner and double cutaway, sealed top ‘Electrotone’ body replaced the classic fully hollow single-cutaway.

2008 PRS Santana MD Solidbody Electric (consignment) SOLD

Carlos Santana has had a long relationship with Paul Reed Smith guitars, to the point where there are a number of PRS Santana models. In 2008, the PRS Santana MD was released – the MD standing for ‘multi dimensional’. The key difference is in the wiring – there’s an extra switch that enables the ‘Multidimensional Voice Control’ circuit, allowing a range of new tones.

2004 Heritage Super Eagle Archtop Left Handed (consignment) SOLD

2004 Heritage Super Eagle Archtop Left Handed

2010 Prucha Diamond Point Custom Banjo (consignment)

This is a very close to mint example of the Prucha Diamond Point model, custom made around 2010 at Prucha’s shop in Prague. Most Diamond Point models are Mahogany or Walnut – this custom version is figured cherry.

Gibson Custom Shop Tamio Okuda CF-100E

Gibson Custom Shop Tamio Okuda CF-100E

The Twelfth Fret Tour

Recently Grant MacNeill did a couple of tours of our shop, The Twelfth Fret at 2132 Danforth Avenue in Toronto, Canada. Here are two versions of it, one about two minutes and the other, in more detail, about ten minutes.

1927 Gibson Florentine Tenor Banjo (consignment)

This is a rare piece, the apex of the banjo’s heyday – a 1927 Gibson Florentine tenor banjo. Sublte, restrained, understated, unadorned, plain – these are not words to be used to describe the USA in the late 1920’s, or this vintage instrument. This is as decorated as it gets.

Blackstar HT-5R Combo Amplifier

The Blackstar HT-5R Combo Amplifier takes the rich, full clean tones and the thunderous, wall-shaking crunch tones that made Blackstar famous and crams them both into a compact 5-watt combo amp. Add Blackstar’s beautiful stereo reverb effect and push it all through a custom designed 12” speaker and you have a real winner!

Cruz Tools GrooveTech The Best String Cutters!

Cruz Tools GrooveTech The Best String Cutters

2001 Sergei de Jonge SOLD

Tonally, this 2001 Sergei de Jonge steel string cutaway is huge. It’s fairly loud, the highs are rich and sparkling, the midrange is fully represented and the bass strings have the bell-like resonance of a plucked Grand.

2003 Lawrence Nyberg Bouzouki (consignment) SOLD

From 2003, this Lawrence Nyberg Bouzouki features a carved Engelmann spruce top paired with Indian Rosewood back and sides. The 24 inch scale length is mahogany with an ebony fingerboard and headplate.

2002 Collings SJ Maple (consignment) SOLD

It’s always fun to review a Collings guitar. The build quality is always exceptional, the materials are top notch, and the tone is all there. This 2002 Collings SJ Maple is no exception.

Gibson Dave Grohl DG-335 Pelham Blue

This very special instrument has just arrived from the Gibson Nashville Custom Shop – the Gibson Dave Grohl DG-335 in Pelham Blue, signed by Dave Grohl and numbered 95 of 200.

2006 Sergei de Jonge Brazilian Steel String Guitar (consignment) SOLD

This lovely 2006 Sergei de Jonge Brazilian Steel String is in very good condition. Featuring a German spruce top, Brazilian Rosewood for the back, sides and headplate; snakewood for the ebony-bound fingerboard, bridge, binding and trussrod cover, and mahogany for the neck.

1956 Fender Telecaster (consignment) SOLD

Introduced in 1950 as the Broadcaster, Leo Fender’s initial design has more than stood the test of time. This 1956 Fender Telecaster blonde is in very good condition, with expected play wear.

Parker Hornet PM-20 Pro SOLD

The Parker Hornet PM-20 Pro features a Mahogany body and Mahogany through-neck construction, faux abalone top binding, ebony fingerboard with faux mother of pearl star inlay at octave fret. This version uses the distinctive Parker ‘hockey stick’ headstock; some versions were made with a traditional 3×3 design.

1983 Fender Strat Walnut SOLD

In 1981, the Fender Strat Walnut was introduced as a top-tier version of The Strat. The Fender Walnut Strat was built using American Black Walnut with a clear gloss finish for both the body and one-piece neck.

1997 Gretsch Nashville G6120 6-12

The Gretsch Nashville G6120 6-12 Doubleneck was introduced in 1997, as a new model and built in very small numbers. There isn’t a lot of demand for doublenecks in the first place. However, they are impressive on stage, and if you need one, there is no substitute!

Art and Lutherie Ami Spruce Burgundy

Recently, we noticed an upcoming artist going by the name Shakey Graves playing an Art and Lutherie Ami Spruce Burgundy, and getting a great tone and feel with it.

2012 Martin D-28 (consignment) SOLD

The Martin Dreadnought has been in regular production since its re-introduction in 1931, as a revival of the pre-1920 Ditson models. First listed as the D-1 and D-2, these models had 12-fret necks like the Ditsons. The D-1 combined a spruce top with mahogany for the back and sides, and the D-2 spruce and rosewood. In 1934, these models were rebuilt with 14-fret necks and became the Martin D-18 and Martin D-28.

1968 Fender Telecaster Blonde (consignment) SOLD

The Fender Telecaster has been an extremely popular design since its introduction as the Broadcaster in 1950. Its tonal versatility, reliability and durability led to its use in a huge range of musical genres. On this 1968 Fender Telecaster, the blonde finish is in good original condition with some yellowing due to age. All parts other than strings are original

2008 Collings MF Mandolin (consignment) SOLD

This sunburst example of the Collings MF Mandolin from 2008 has been used as intended by a prominent bluegrass player. It is thoroughly played in, so along with the honest, well-earned wear and tear, its tone has fully developed.

circa 1830 Louis Panormo-School Guitar SOLD

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 guitars from 1822 to around 1855 when his nephew took over the business.

1974 Fender Telecaster Blonde (consignment) SOLD

The Fender Telecaster is probably the most successful musical instrument design in history. It’s brilliantly simple yet highly versatile, extremely durable, and the fact that it’s easy to configure and customize has made it one of the most produced and copied guitar concepts.

1921 Gibson Mandocello Style K1 SOLD

The Gibson Mandocello was built between 1902 and 1943, as the Style K1. The Style K2 was built from 1902 to 1922, and was basically a dressed-up version of the K1.

An Evening of Bluegrass – December 8 2014

Join us for an Evening of Bluegrass with Marc Roy at The Twelfth Fret Monday December 8 2014, from 7 to 9 PM.

1965 Gibson Country Western (consignment) SOLD

This example of the 1965 Gibson Country Western is in good overall and playing condition. It has had its major service – a neck reset – so the neck angle is very good with plenty of saddle for action adjustments.

1956 Gibson ES-225T (consignment) SOLD

Built from 1955 to 1959, the Gibson ES-225T was a thinline but fully hollow, single P-90 pickup, florentine cutaway guitar. In 1956, a two pickup version was introduced, the ES-225TD.

SS Stewart Special Thoroughbred Banjo

Shown here is a lovely SS Stewart Special Thoroughbred Banjo, built in 1895 and in completely playable condition. This open-back style banjo features the original tailpiece, and a period dowel stick adjusster. This is one of the few we’ve seen that have all the stickers and plaques complete and in place.

2008 Roger Stuckless SCE Nylon Crossover (consignment) SOLD

Roger Stuckless builds exceptionally high quality instruments to custom order. He is well known for his high level of craftsmanship and creativity. This Roger Stuckless SCE model was built in 2008 and is in near mint condition.

1969 Manuel Velazquez Classical Guitar (consignment) SOLD

Manuel Velazquez has been near the top of North American classical guitar builders for decades. This Ano 1969 Manuel Velazquez Classical guitar was built in 1969, after Velazquez’ 1966 return to the US. At this point, he was working alone and building 10 to 15 instruments per year.

1954 Guild X-350 Stratford Sunburst Archtop (consignment) SOLD

Guild began producing instruments in 1952, and at opening its staff included a number of people from Epiphone who naturally brought their influences with them. The Guild X-350 Stratford was heavily influenced by the Epiphone Emperor Zephyr Regent, down to the pushbutton pickup selector.

1925 Weymann Banjo 5 String Conversion (consignment) SOLD

Weymann banjos are fairly rare and have some unusual features, one of which is most noticeable with the resonator removed. The Weymann company began producing banjos around the turn of the 20th century, and often used the ‘Keystone’ name. In 1924, tenor and plectrum models appeared, and these are the best known Weymann Banjo models.

2014 Martin D-18 Authentic (consignment) SOLD

Here’s something that is rarely available – a brand new, custom order Martin D-18 Authentic. It hasn’t been played or out of its case for more than a few minutes (not counting the hour the photos took).

Peter Coombe Mandola (consignment)

This fine 1999 Peter Coombe Mandola is built with European spruce for the top, Tasmanian Myrtle for the sides, back, and neck, and ebony for the fingerboard and headplate. The pickguard is birds-eye maple, and it’s finished with a traditional varnish.

2010 Sergei de Jonge Classical Guitar NO LONGER AVAILABLE

From his shop in Chelsea, Quebec, Sergei de Jonge comes up with some innovative designs, and excecutes them flawlessly. This 2010 Sergei de Jonge Classical Guitar features a lattice braced, combination spruce and cedar top with Indian Rosewood for the back, sides and headplate, mahogany for the neck, and ebony for the fingerboard and bridge.

1992 Gibson Chet Atkins SST Solidbody Acoustic (consignment) SOLD

In addition to being a great player, Chet Atkins came up with many great ideas to push the guitar forward. During his association with Gibson, two novel instruments appeared: the Gibson Chet Akins CE Classical Electric, and the Gibson Chet Atkins SST solidbody acoustic.

1993 Oskar Graf Classical (consignment) SOLD

Oskar Graf has been building fine quality guitars since 1970, and works near Clarendon, Ontario. In his small shop he has produced many excellent instruments, focusing mainly on guitars.

1939 Gibson J-35 SOLD

The Gibson J-35 featured a spruce top with mahogany for the back, sides and neck, and rosewood for the fingerboard and bridge. Originally, the available finish was sunburst, as this hides many visual flaws in otherwise good-sounding and usable wood, which in turn lowers costs and price.

2010 Collings DS2H Slot Head 12-Fret (consignment) SOLD

This Collings DS2H features a Stika Spruce top, Indian Rosewood back, sides and headplate, and ebony for the fingerboard and bridge. The top is bound with herringbone purfling and the back features a herringbone center strip.

1955 Gibson J-45 (SOLD)

This 1955 Gibson J-45 has clearly been played, and has had some work done over the years; the original strip-mount Kluson Deluxe tuners have been replaced with Grover Roto-Matic models and a Fishman pickup with endpin jack has been added, and at some point the bridge was replaced with a fixed-saddle design.

The Twelfth Fret Tom Nechville Banjo Workshop November 5 2014

Come join us Wednesday November 5, 2014 5:00PM at The Twelfth Fret for a Tom Nechville Banjo Workshop! Tom Nechville will be holding court and showing off his latest banjo creations from 5:00 PM and will wrap up at roughly 7:00 PM. Entry is free, and you’re encouraged to bring your banjo. All banjos welcome – any brand, any type !

1995 Fender Stratocaster Flip Flop Finish (consignment) SOLD

Here’s something cool and unusual – a 1995 Fender Stratocaster Flip Flop Finish. The Flip Flop finish offers a range of looks – what colour it shows depends on the viewing angle. From some directions, this instrument is blue or teal, from others, it’s trending to purple.

Godin 5th Avenue Kingpin II

The Godin 5th Avenue CW Kingpin II is a great instrument, meeting head-on the need for a quality archtop electric guitar, combinding tradtional tonal values with modern playability.

1992 Ramirez SP Classical Guitar SOLD

For a brief period in the early 1990s, Ramirez Guitars offered a model called the Ramirez SP (Semi-Professional). In the early 1990s I received several of these SP guitars: fitted with simple Estudio labels but marked with the letters SP. They were clearly FAR superior to any Estudio guitar and the woods and interior bracing suggest that they were a variation on the 1a Professional Especial model.

1984 Fender DAquisto Standard Archtop Black (consignment) SOLD

Here is a lovely 1984 Fender DAquisto Standard Archtop Black. In late 1983, in a co-operative effort with James D’Aquisto, Fender introduced the single-cutaway, fully hollow D’Aquisto Archtop as part of the Master Series. The Fender D’Aquisto models include the Elite (with one pickup and gold hardware) and the Standard (two pickups and chrome hardware).

1981 David Wren Studio (consignment)

The David Wren Studio line was made during the early 1980’s as a simpler, lower-priced ‘standard production’ alternative to the rather more expensive custom order models that most builders create. These models feature a spruce top and mahogany back and sides with ebony bridge, maple binding, and a mahogany neck with ebony fingerboard.

Robert Johnson Instructional Ukulele Night with Doug Cameron

Join us for an evening of Ukulele Blues! Doug Cameron will be demonstrating Robert Johnson tunes on ukulele.

1951 Epiphone Zephyr Regent Archtop (consignment) SOLD

This is a 1951 Epiphone Zephyr Regent archtop model E312, in nearly original condition. This model was built between 1950 and 1958, in natural finish (model E311) and sunburst (model E312).

TC Electronic G System (consignment) SOLD

Here we have a TC Electronic G system. Aside from its quality and flexibility, and its tank-like construction, its design is interesting. It is basically two systems, a rack-mount processor bolted under a controller board. This means that the processing unit can be removed and installed in a rack for permanent mount in a studio.

2006 Tom Anderson Classic Sunburst SOLD

Tom Anderson’s shop builds a small number of instruments, focusing on quality rather than quantity.

New Old Stock! Martin 000-18 Authentic 1937 Model SOLD

New Old Stock! Built in 2007, this Martin 000-18 Authentic 1937 Model is brand new with full warranty!

2009 Left Handed Gibson Les Paul Standard Cherry Sunburst SOLD

Left handed Les Pauls are not always easy to find, and lately it’s even harder to even order one. At the time of writing, this 2009 Left Handed Gibson Les Paul Standard Cherry Sunburst is one of the only left-handed Gibson Les Pauls available as new in Canada. Since it’s new old stock, the original warranty applies to the purchaser.

1978 Fender Telecaster Thinline Natural (consignment) NO LONGER AVAILABLE

This example of the 1978 Fender Telecaster Thinline Natural is in good playing order, with some normal play wear and dings. At some point two holes were made on either side of the bridge and these have been plugged. There is a moderate amount of fretwear and some finish wear along the treble side of the fingerboard; this guitar has been played!

Godin A4 Ultra Fretless Bass

Featuring a chambered Silver maple body with a spruce top, a rock maple neck with either an ebony (on the fretless models) or rosewood (on the fretted models), the Godin A4 Ultra Fretless Bass offers a very wide range of tonal possibilities. The bridge is ebony with a pin design, very unusual for an electric bass!

Fender American Standard Limited Edition Stratocaster (NO LONGER AVAILABLE)

Whoa! A new Strat! This guitar, the Fender American Standard Limited Edition Stratocaster, is very comfortable to play, and the compound radius board really works well.

Bluegrass with Marc Roy at The Twelfth Fret Monday October 20 2014

Once again The Twelfth Fret is hosting Marc Roy with Will Meadows and Carol Simpson for a night of bluegrass! This event takes place on Monday October 20, 2014 from 7 to 9PM at our shop, 2132 Danforth Avenue.

Gibson ES-339 Studio

The Gibson ES-339 Studio is a new model, with the great features of the smaller ES-339 thinline electric model stripped down to the essentials. The Studio version has the same construction and tone, but with softer, unbound body edges and with master volume and tone controls; it is available in Sunburst and Ebony (black).

1958 Gibson J-45 (NO LONGER AVAILABLE)

The immensely successful slope-shoulder dreadnought design of the Gibson J-45 produces a distinctively warm, full tone with sparkling highs and rich midrange tones, and a well represented but not booming bottom end. It’s also fairly loud, but not overwhelmingly so.

1963 Gibson J-50 Natural (consignment) SOLD

This 1963 Gibson J-50 Natural is in quite good playing order, with lots of saddle height. It plays well and sounds great – it has been played over the years and you can tell from the tone.

1974 Rickenbacker 330 Natural (consignment) SOLD

One of the iconic 1960’s guitars, the Rickenbacker 330 features a mostly hollow maple body with a distinctive ‘crescent moon’ cutway body style.

1976 William Laskin Cactus Guitar SOLD

This 1976 William Laskin Cactus Guitar is named (by us) for the fingerboard inlay. Between the last fret and the soundhole, there is a small inlay of a cactus and a moon, rendered in mother of pearl and abalone.

1966 Epiphone FT-79 Texan Acoustic (consignment) SOLD

It’s almost a certainty that you’ve heard a mid-1960’s Epiphone FT-79 Texan – Paul McCartney used his on the recording of ‘Yesterday’, which appeared on the 1965 Beatles album ‘Help!” and as a single; and on the tune ‘Blackbird’, on the Beatles’ White Album.

1972 Marshall Model 1958 2×10 Combo (consignment) SOLD

Between 1968 and 1972, Marshall built a number of ‘combo’ style amplifiers, where the amp and speakers are in one cabinet. This 1972 Marshall Model 1958 2×10 Combo features four inputs on two channels; channel 2 has a vibrato circuit.

1900 Williams and Son Echo Style 17 Banjo SOLD

Made circa 1900, this Williams and Son Echo Style 17 banjo still plays beautifully. Thrilling to play a 100 year old instrument that still plays as it did when new.

1985 Mesa Boogie Mark III Combo Amplifier (consignment) SOLD

The Mesa Boogie Mark III combo added a third ‘crunch’ channel to the Boogie’s standard rhythm and lead channels. The controls are generally shared between channels as is the switchable EQ.

1999 Schoenberg Soloist OM SOLD

This specific 1999 Schoenberg Soloist OM was built by at Martin Dana Bourgeois before he launched his own shop and label. It is built with an Adirondack Spruce top, Brazilian rosewood back,sides and headplate, mahogany neck, with snowflake-inlaid ebony for the fingerboard and pyramid style bridge.

2008 Lowden 025C Natural (consignment) SOLD

This 2008 Lowden 025C is in great condition with just a few dings and minor playwear. The combination of a Cedar top and Indian Rosewood back and sides on the jumbo body produce a full, rich and very well articulated sound with lots of volume and projection.

1964 Fender Precision Bass Sunburst (consignment) NO LONGER AVAILABLE

By 1964, the Fender Precision Bass was the most used electric bass in the world, appearing on all kinds of stages and recordings and spawning endless numbers of copies.

1963 Fender Precision Bass Sunburst (consignment) SOLD

This example of the 1963 Fender Precision Bass in Sunburst is in great playing condition, and is largely original. There is lots of buckle wear on the back, and the neck finish is worn; the decals are in good condition and not flaked off.

1974 Guild Starfire Bass II Blonde (SOLD)

The Guild Starfire Bass II was popular with a number of high-profile bass players in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s, notably Jack Casady of Jefferson Airplane, Phil Lesh of the Greatful Dead and Berry Oakley of the Allman Brothers Band.

1997 PRS Custom 22 (consignment) SOLD

Today we have a great looking and great playing 1997 PRS Custom 22 with a cherry finish on the top.

2007 PRS SC245 Gold Top (consignment) SOLD

Here’s a well used, and well taken care of, 2007 PRS SC245 Gold Top. The SC245 is Paul Reed Smith’s take on the classic single cutaway guitar.

1997 PRS SC245 Gold Top (consignment) SOLD

Here’s a well used, and well taken care of, 1997 PRS SC245 Gold Top. The SC245 is Paul Reed Smith’s take on the classic single cutaway guitar.

1964 Gibson J-50 Domenic Troiano Session Guitar (consignment) SOLD

Here’s a guitar with history. This Gibson J-50 in natural was owned by the late, great Domenic Troiano and was used by him on many recording sessions. It’s in great playing condition and ready for use, with no appreciable fret wear and a decent setup.

1967 Ramirez 2a Flamenco ‘Fracas’ Guitar SOLD

The Ramírez 1a and 2a Flamenco Models are the benchmark for flamenco performers and Master-Luthiers world-wide. We refer to this example of the 1967 Ramirez 2a Flamenco as ‘The Fracas Guitar’ because of its history. It was built in 1967, with the serial 2.261.

2001 Sergei deJonge Steel String (consignment) SOLD

Tonally, this 2001 Sergei de Jonge cutaway steel string is huge. It’s fairly loud, the highs are rich and sparkling, the midrange is fully represented and the bass strings have the bell-like resonance of a plucked Grand. This could be a spectacular instrument to sit and play – or listen to – or record.

A New Site Feature!

A New Site Feature!

1963 Gibson J-45 Sunburst (consignment) SOLD

The Gibson J-45 is justifiably one of the most popular steel string guitars ever. The physical design of the slope-shoulder dreadnought is comfortable standing or sitting – not too large – and the tone is full, rich and warm without being boomy in the bottom or harsh in the high end. It fits perfectly into many musical genres.

1950s Arnold Hoyer Archtop Herr im Frack SOLD

The Arnold Hoyer archtop Herr im Frack, or “Gentleman in Tails’ was introduced in the late 1940s and was popular throughout the 1950s as a professional quality guitar. These instruments were very important as quality guitars were in short supply during the long recovery from the war.

1962 Martin F-55 Electric (consignment) SOLD

Here’s a rarity: A 1962 Martin F-55 Electric in good condition. This instrument appears to be complete and all original with the possible exception of the bridge. It plays quite well, with some fretwear.

1956 Gibson SJ Acoustic (consignment) NO LONGER AVAILABLE

The Gibson SJ, or Southern Jumbo, was Gibson’s slope-shoulder answer to the Martin square-shoulder dreadnought. It was introduced in 1942 with Sunburst as the available finish until 1954. This example of the 1956 Gibson SJ is in good playing condition, with lots of wear. This guitar has been used as intended!

2005 Gibson Les Paul 1959 Reissue (consignment) SOLD

Here’s a beautiful piece – a 2005 Gibson Les Paul 1959 Reissue, with a nicely flamed top and ‘teaburst’ sunburst. This is a reissue of the 1959 Gibson Les Paul, and it’s hardly been out of its case and played even less.

1972 Gibson ES-345TD Sunburst (consignment) SOLD

This example of the Gibson ES-345TD (the TD standing for Thinline body, Double pickups) is in good physical condition with no breaks, little scratching and one small chip at the top of the back of the head. It’s in good playing condition; it was professionally refretted and there isn’t a lot of wear on the frets.

Gibson F-9 Mandolin

The Gibson F-9 mandolin is a ‘no frills’ model featuring a carved and tuned spruce top and flame maple back, flame maple sides and neck, and a rosewood fingerboard and bridge. Only the top is bound, and the instrument sports a satin finish in a vintage brownburst.

1974 Guild Starfire II Walnut (consignment) SOLD

This 1974 Guild Starfire II Walnut is in good shape and is a good example of the quality of Guild instruments. The Starfire II is a fully hollow, 17 inch mahogany guitar with floating rosewood bridge and a florentine cutaway. The lacquer finish is lightly checked and there are just a few dings and scratches. It plays quite well and is set up with a moderately low action.

2006 Zemaitis Greco GZMF 500 (consignment) NO LONGER AVAILABLE

The Zemaitis Greco GZMF 500 is part of the GZ line, handbuilt in Japan by Greco under license from Zemaitis. These are top quality instruments. The body and neck are single pieces of Honduran mahogany, with an ebony board and headplate. The metal parts are Duralumin in the original Zemaitis design and a lot of engraving and decoration.

1988 Ibanez George Benson GB-10 (consignment) SOLD

This example of the Ibanez George Benson GB-10 is in very good condition, with light play wear; with a good clean it could look near mint but aged. The binding has yellowed very nicely, perhaps to the tone of a 1950’s guitar.

2012 Fender American Standard Jazz Bass (consignment) SOLD

This 2012 Fender American Standard Jazz Bass is in fantastic, near mint condition. It’s all original with Fender Custom Shop pickups and rosewood fingerboard with dot position markers, and the alder body sports a classic 3-tone sunburst and faux tortoise pickguard. The strings mount through the back onto the new High Mass Vintage bridge – this is just as adjustable as the original vintage bridge but with much more weight to add sustain and clarity.

Michael Schatte at The Twelfth Fret Monday September 8 2014

Michael will bring his artistry to the Twelfth Fret for an in-store clinic/performance on Monday, September 8th, 2014.

The focus of the session will be Michael’s work on the National Steel guitar, including slide playing, alternate tunings, gear choices, finger style approaches, and the hybrid picking that characterizes much of his guitar work. Michael will also showcase material to be released on his forthcoming album later this year.

1995 Rickenbacker 360v64 Fireglo (consignment) SOLD

To my eye this is one of the most distinctive guitar shapes – in a 1995 Rickenbacker 360v64 Fireglo. Introduced in 1958, the Rickenbacker 360 became popular in Europe, sometimes under other names and with subtle differences – for example, the Rose-Morris 1993 on the Who’s iconic Maximum R&B poster. But for many people in North America, what really brought the 360 to attention was the 12-string version used by George Harrison.

SOLD ! !National Resophonic NRP 12 Fret Left Handed (consignment) 2009

Here’s a great piece – a well worn 2009 National Resophonic NRP 12 Fret Left Handed in shaded green. The NRP is designed to capture the look and feel of of the first National Duolians, and is available in 12 and 14 fret versions.

Stelling Sunflower Banjo New Old Stock SOLD

Here’s a great deal on a Stelling Sunflower Banjo! This New Old Stock 2012 model is at the 2012 price – $3850, a savings of $645! It’s new with all warranties; it’s been tucked away in our Banjo room and was recently rediscovered during inventory.

Gibson Les Paul Traditional with P-90s and Bigsby (NO LONGER AVAILABLE)

Here’s a Gibson Les Paul Traditional with P-90s and Bigsby – and its’ a very interesting factory Bigsby installation. The Gibson Les Paul Traditional is based on late 1950’s Les Paul models. Using the traditional Les Paul construction, the top is carved maple, the back is a 2-piece mahogany slab with only the original wiring routing; the neck is also mahogany, using the late 1950’s profile, with bound rosewood fingerboard and the classic trapezoidal markers. It has Kluson Deluxe tuners with plastic keystone buttons and a wireless ABR bridge made by TonePros.

2001 Sergei de Jonge Cutaway Steel String (consignment) SOLD

The example of a 2001 Sergei de Jonge cutaway steel string demonstrates many of the qualities of Sergei’s skill. The workmanship and joinery are very good, and the design is very successful visually and tonally.

1972 Gibson Les Paul Deluxe Gold Top (consignment) SOLD

This 1972 Gibson Les Paul Deluxe Gold Top is in good playing condition with lots of vintage vibe. The gold has checked nicely and faded to a slight greenish tint. Correct for the period, it has a 3-piece neck and a 4-piece body.

1977 Guild X-175 Blonde Manhattan Archtop (consignment) SOLD

Here is a very nice 1977 Guild X-175 Blonde Manhattan Archtop. Guild archtops are not extremely common, but are highly valued. Originally drawing from the heritage of the Epiphone workforce, Guild has produced many extremely good instruments over the years. They feature solid, practical designs, excellent wood selection, and top level craftsmanship.

Hofner 500/2 Club Bass

Based on the Club guitar, the Hofner 500/2 Club Bass was introduced in 1965 and built to 1970. It was never as popular as its cousin the 500/1 violin or ‘Beatle Bass’, but its more traditional single cutaway guitar shape perhaps works a bit better without a strap.

Gibson Flying V History 120th Anniversary (NO LONGER AVAILABLE)

There are few guitars more instantly recognizable than the Gibson Flying V. Prototyped in 1957 and introduced in 1958 as part of a wave of radically futuristic designs, the Flying V sold so poorly that it was dropped in 1958. Perhaps 98 production models (made with Korina wood) were shipped, and these are extremely collectable – and expensive.

1944 Gibson J-45 (SOLD)

Here’s a great early piece – a 1944 Gibson J-45, built during the third year of production. Drawing heavily on the design of the just-discontinued J-35, the J-45 mostly differs with stiffer X bracing, tall, thin and scalloped top bracing, a fatter, non-V neck profile, and only being available with a sunburst finish.

2010 Hofner 500/1 Cavern Bass (consignment) SOLD

The Hofner 500/1 Cavern Bass is a reproduction of the first 500/1 purchased by Paul McCartney in 1961 and is named after London’s Cavern club, where so many bands played. Some went on to become great, others – not so much. McCartney used his Cavern bass while recording ‘Let it Be’ and ‘Revolution’.

Gretsch 130th Anniversary Junior – G6118T LTV JR

Here is the very, very cool Gretsch 130th Anniversary Junior – G6118T LTV JR. Gretsch has from time to time made smaller-bodied versions of their guitars, perhaps to balance out the giant Falcon and Country Club models.

But this isn’t a ‘Mini’ guitar – the body is smaller, close to the size of a George Benson model, but it’s full scale so the tension and tone are all there.

1950 Gibson Super 400 Sunburst (consignment) SOLD

The Gibson Super 400 was the top of the line for many years, and appeared on stages in many genres. It was not only popular with jazz players, but also with country and rock guitarists; Merle Travis of course used a Super 400 CES and Scotty Moore recorded a lot of early Elvis material on his Super 400.

1944 Gibson J-45 (consignment) SOLD

Here’s an original – a 1944 Gibson J-45, built during the first year of production. Drawing heavily on the design of the just-discontinued J-35, the J-45 mostly differs with stiffer X bracing, tall, thin and scalloped top bracing, a fatter, non-V neck profile, and only being available with a sunburst finish.

Alvarez Veillette Baritone Guitar

Here’s something unusual – an Alvarez Veillette Baritone Guitar. Joe Veillette is well known for having produced high-quality and innovative basses, in partnership with other builders like Harvey Citron and Michael Tobias.

2000 Marc Beneteau Cutaway Classical Crossover SOLD

This is a beautiful and well-preserved piece – a 2000 Marc Beneteau cutaway classical crossover, featuring very nicely figured cocobolo sides and back and a cedar top. It has almost no wear; the finish has sunk into the wood, which is a natural part of aging, and that’s pretty much the only sign that this isn’t a new instrument.

The Capo is Often Misunderstood Or Dismissed As A Cheater

Should you use a capo, or is it cheating?

1978 Fender Jazz Bass (consignment) SOLD

Here is a very well preserved 1978 Fender Jazz Bass in a custom colour. Officially, this colour was designated ‘Walnut’, but many people call it ‘Mocha’ – which was never an official colour.

2009 Ernie Ball Music Man Axis Super Sport 25th Anniversary SOLD

This 2009 Ernie Ball Music Man Axis Super Sport 25th Anniversary is in very clean condition with very little wear. These instruments play very well, and the combination of the maple cap on basswood balances the tone and makes the guitar quite light.

2014 Gibson Byrdland

The Gibson Byrdland features a unique blend of large and small; a full 17 inch wide body with a 2.5 inch depth, and a rather short 23.5 inch scale length that’s intended to allow players to grab big chords and play fast.

1960 Gibson ES-175D (consignment) SOLD

The Gibson ES-175D first appeared in 1953, as a two P-90 pickup version of the single pickup ES-175 introduced in 1949. In 1957, Gibson added their all-new humbucking pickups to the ES-175, along with much of the rest of their lineup. Over the years, the Gibson ES-175D has become known as just the ES-175.

SOLD!!! James Trussart Rust O Matic Steelcaster

This James Trussart Rust O Matic Steelcaster features the unique Trussart steel body and hand-treated rust finish, coupled to a bolt on neck with a ’62 Standard type neck contour and a rosewood fingerboard. The head has the Trussart logo plate inlaid, with TonePros Kluson Deluxe stule tuners.

1965 Edgar Monch Classical Guitar SOLD

This 1965 Edgar Monch Classical Guitar is from just before his Toronto period, one of the last from Munich. It has a clear, commanding voice with a full, rich tone and is suitable for the hands of an advanced or professional guitarist. It has a clear, commanding voice with a full, rich tone. It’s had some top cracks repaired, and is structurally in good condition. Of a similar design to Hauser guitars of the period, It features a spruce top, Indian rosewood back and sides and bridge, an ebony fingerboard with 650mm scale length and 50mm nut width.

SOLD!!! James Trussart Satin Black Deluxe Steelcaster

The James Trussart Satin Black Deluxe Steelcaster is reminiscent of the Fender Telecaster Thinkline, with the distinctive body and headstock shapes, hollow body with one F-hole, and the longer pickguard.

2013 Taylor 912e Steel String (consignment) SOLD

The Taylor 912e is in the top range of Taylor’s rosewood model lines. It’s built with Sitka Spruce top, Indian rosewood for the back and sides, tropical Mahogany for the neck and ebony for the fingerboard and bridge.

Rayco Hawaiian Weissenborn Style Guitar

This new Rayco Hawaiian Weissenborn Style Guitar is a spectacular instrument. The Triple-A grade Hawaiian Koa used is highly figured, very light and very attractive. The Waverly tuners are smooth and accurate.

2010 PRS JA-15 McCarty Burst (consignment) SOLD

2010 PRS JA-15 McCarty Burst

1993 Marc Beneteau 00 Guitar SOLD

Cleanly built, with a very well balanced tone, this 1993 Marc Beneteau 00 guitar is a good example of his work. It offers good representation throughout the sonic range with full but not overpowering bass, rich midrange, and sparkling highs.

SOLD!!! 2012 Hofner 500-1 UK Jubilee Bass

Today we are fortunate to be viewing a 2012 Hofner 500-1 UK Jubilee Bass, a rare and interesting model.

For Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee, Hofner built 60 500-1 UK Jubilee Bass models. This is number 40, and is a new instrument –

1983 Gibson L-5 CES Archtop (consignment) SOLD

This 1983 example of the Gibson L-5 CES is in very good condition with a natural finish. There’s very little wear and the gold plating is in quite good shape; it’s possible that the original owner rested a fingertip on the pickguard and the corner of the bridge pickup, and there’s a little corrosion in the plating there.

2012 Benedetto Bravo Sunburst Archtop (consignment) SOLD

The Benedetto Bravo was introduced to meet a need for a top-quality archtop that a player could travel with. The body uses a laminated spruce top and laminated maple back and sides – laminated woods are much less prone than solid woods to movement or cracking from natural changes in environmental temperature and humidity.

Wildwood Artist Custom Banjo

The Wildwood Artist Custom Banjo is a Bluegrass oriented model and offers a historic ‘Gibson Clone’ banjo with understated and elegant inlay, marquetry and premium woods. The Bronze tone-ring is fitted to a substantial block-rim which maximizes sustain and clarity.

2011 Huber TrueTone VRB-4 Banjo (consignment) SOLD

Here’s a very clean 2011 Huber TrueTone VRB-4 Banjo. The VRB-4 is a replica of pre-war (WWII) style banjos, and features walnut construction, HR-30 tone ring and engineered rim.

G.W. Barry Guitars Mod-C Handmade Guitar Showcase

resenting the new Mod-C from G.W. Barry Guitars in Malaysian Blackwood and Italian Spruce with Snakewood appointments. This is one of the many transcendent custom built offerings you can experience at this weekend’s Handmade Guitar Showcase at Chalker’s Pub, Billiards and Bistro – 247 Marlee Avenue, Toronto.

1995 Gibson ES-335 Dot Vintage Sunburst (consignment) SOLD

Introduced in 1958, the Gibson ES-335 Dot was an immediate success and while details have changed over the years, it’s been in production ever since. The tonal versatility of the design has taken it into many different styles, from jazz to pop, from blues to hard rock.

2004 Ron Belanger Dreadnought (consignment) NO LONGER AVAILABLE

Today we’re visited by a lovely Ron Belanger dreadnought guitar in Bubinga. Ron Belanger works in the area of Orillia, Ontario, where he’s been a woodworker for many years. In 1998 he started building guitars, and in addition to the instrument pictured here, builds Irish Bouzoukis, resophonic guitars, and 12-strings.

1999 Gibson Les Paul Custom Left Handed (consignment) SOLD

It may be when I grew up, but when someone refers to a Gibson Les Paul Custom, this version is what comes first to my mind. The black finish, white binding and gold hardware are clean and classy yet ready to rock!

1945 Martin 0-17T Tenor Guitar (consignment) SOLD

Tenor guitars like this Martin 0-17T were very popular for quite some time, partly because they’re fairly portable and with only four strings, perhaps easier to use as an accompanying instrument to a voice. They seem to have fallen out of favour with the rise of amplified music, but have a solid place in some country and Celtic styles.

1927 Gibson L-4 Archtop (consignment) NO LONGER AVAILABLE

The Gibson L-4 was built between 1912 and 1956, and underwent a number of changes. Originally it had – like many archtops of the time – an oval soundhole; this changed to a round soundhole in 1928, and finally to the now-common F-holes in 1935.

2006 Gibson L-5 CES Sunburst (consignment) SOLD

2006 Gibson L-5 CES Sunburst

1965 Gibson C-1E Classical (consignment) SOLD

In the early 1960’s, Gibson – like other manufacturers – responded to the change in markets caused by the folk boom. These instruments, like the Gibson C-1e Classical were not really meant to be strictly traditional classical guitars – they were meant to play softer folk styles, often with a pick.

1982 Ramirez 1a Classical Guitar SOLD

The Ramirez 1a is the benchmark, the standard for professional, concert level classical guitars. Built entirely in the Ramirez shop in Madrid, Spain, the 1a uses the best materials available, and comes in Classical and Flamenco versions.

1975 Kohno No 10 Classical Guitar (consignment) SOLD

At a young age, Masaru Kohno developed an interest in classical guitar and travelled from Japan to Europe to learn guitar construction. He may have spent some time in Barcelona studying under Fleta, but certainly spent six months in the Madrid, Spain shop of Arcangel Fernandez before returning to Tokyo where he established his own shop. He quickly gained the respect and patronage of many highly skilled guitarists, and his instruments are regarded as top quality.

1972 Gibson Les Paul Custom (consignment) SOLD

The Gibson Les Paul Custom model was introduced in 1954 as an upmarket version of the still-infant Les Paul model. Instead of a maple cap on a mahogany slab, the body was all mahogany, and came in black with gold hardware. The original versions featured single-coil Alnico pickups, notable for their rectangular polepieces, and the now-ubiquitous Tune-o-Matic bridge and stop tailpiece combination.

1952 Gibson Les Paul Gold Top (consignment)

And here it is, needing little introduction – an all original 1952 Gibson Les Paul Gold Top. Gibson introduced the Les Paul model in 1952, and produced it as seen here for only a short time.

1985 Sergei de Jonge 8 String Classical Guitar (consignment) SOLD

This 1985 Sergei de Jonge 8 string classical guitar is in very good condition and has a full, rich tone with sparkling highs and really way down deep lows. It’s really a remarkable experience to sit and play an instrument like this!

1964 Fender Jaguar Sunburst (consignment) SOLD

Introduced in 1962 and built until 1975, the Fender Jaguar was intended to be the top of the line model aimed at Gibson players – the Jaguar features a 24 inch scale length, compared to Fender’s usual 25.5 inch scale and Gibson’s 24.75 inch.

1970 Gibson Hummingbird Custom SOLD

This is a 1970 Gibson Hummingbird Custom, and while it’s seen a lot of playing in smoky rooms over the years, it’s got a great sound and is in overall decent condition.

1972 Ramirez Flamenco 1a Guitar SOLD

Ramirez guitars are special to play; so much of the history of guitar music is interwoven with the history of the Ramirez guitar shop. This is a 1972 Ramirez Flamenco 1a Guitar in very nice condition. Featuring traditional construction with friction tuners, cedar top, cypress back and sides, Spanish cedar neck and Spanish construction, this guitar is loud and brilliant yet not harsh.

The Handmade Guitar Showcase

The Handmade Guitar Showcase is developed by Allan Gorman and David Wren, and features twenty-five of Canada’s preeminent guitar makers in the informal atmosphere of one of Toronto’s finest jazz venues. In conjunction with the Toronto Jazz Festival, Chalkers Bistro is hosting an event that brings together some of our most talented craftspeople displaying a diverse array of their guitars … from electric, to flattop to carved tops.

2004 Martin OM-40 Rory Block SOLD

This is very nice – a 2004 Martin OM-40 Rory Block in great shape. Aside from the basic fact that the OM guitar design works so well from tonal and playability perspectives, this guitar is very attractive and has an unusual ‘Road’ themed inlay pattern!

2007 Martin 00-42K2 Robbie Robertson SOLD

The first of the run, a 2007 Martin 00-42K2 Robbie Robertson in pristine condition. This is number one of one hundred built, and it’s a spectacular instrument, visually and tonally.

1963 Fender Bass VI (consignment) SOLD

Relatively rare, this 1963 Fender Bass VI is in good visual, working and playing condition. Introduced in 1961 and built till 1975, Leo Fender intended the Fender Bass VI to be both a bass and a baritone guitar. But it was never the roaring success that the Precision Bass, the Telecaster or the Stratocaster were, and only about 800 of the original design were made. However, some of those 800 appear in influential music of the time, including the Lovin’ Spooful albums, The Beatles White Album, Let It Be and Abbey Road.

1954 Fender Stratocaster (consignment) SOLD

This 1954 Fender Stratocaster is both one of the youngest and the oldest. Leo Fender introduced the Stratocaster in the spring of 1954, and the last date on this particular guitar is on the end of the neck: TG 10-54, for Tadeo Gomez, signing off in October, 1954.

2012 Andreas Kirmse Classical Guitar (consignment) SOLD

It is a joy to open a case and find an instrument like this 2012 Andreas Kirmse Classical Guitar. Hand built with a double cedar top, rosewood back and sides with sound port on the upper bass bout, mahogany neck and raised ebony fingerboard, this fine instrument illustrates the high level of current classical guitar construction.

1990 Fender Signature Edition 59 Stratocaster SOLD

This has just arrived – a 1990 Fender Signature Edition 59 Stratocaster, in really great condition. With all original hardware and very little wear, this reproduction of a 1959 model is a great deal.

1959 Gibson Les Paul Junior (consignment) SOLD

It’s not often we see guitars as clean as this 1959 Gibson Les Paul Junior. This guitar is in very good condition, with a few small marks on the top and back, but very little play wear.

Beard R Model Flame Maple Squareneck

The Beard R Model Flame Maple Squareneck is a custom order version of the Beard R model, and based on the classic resophonic guitars of the 1930’s.

Beard E Model Flame Maple Squareneck Resophonic Guitar

The Beard E Model Squareneck is another spectacular instrument from Paul Beard’s shop in Hagerstown, Maryland. This instrument is designed to be played hard and loud and step right up to its place in a hard-driving band, delivering exceptionally brilliant treble and rich, full bass.

Beard JD Blackbeard Jerry Douglas Signature Squareneck

Here it is – the Beard JD Blackbird Jerry Douglas Signature Squareneck. A cosmetically stripped down version of the Beard Jerry Douglas Signature model, the Beard JD Blackbird features the E model body built with solid mahogany top, back, sides and neck and a very interesting translucent black finish.

1988 Martin D-18P Dreadnought (consignment) SOLD

This 1988 Martin D-18P is a subtle variation of the basic D-18 design, with a lower-profile ‘Performer’ series neck shape. This example is in quite good condition, and has that clean, tight D-18 tone.

1961 Gibson J-45 Adjustable Bridge (consignment) NO LONGER AVAILABLE

It’s always a pleasure to play guitars like this 1961 Gibson J-45 adjustable bridge. The body design and neck shape are very comfortable, and they produce an envelopingly warm, rich tone, especially if they’ve been part of a lot of playing over the decades, as this one has.

Ukulele Night with Douglas John Cameron – 2 JUNE – 2014

It’s Ukulele Night! Come on out to The Twelfth Fret on Monday June 2nd, 7 to 9 PM for a beginner’s Ukulele clinic with Douglas John Cameron. Price: $20, which gets you entry PLUS a $20 Twelfth Fret Gift Card, redeemable for full face value during normal store hours.

2011 Martin OM-28 Custom Twelfth Fret 35th Anniversary (consignment) SOLD

For The Twelfth Fret’s 35th anniversary in 2011,we commissioned a number of instruments including this Martin OM-28 Custom. Featuring a spruce top and Indian Rosewood back and sides, with herringbone binding on the top and ‘zipper’ back strip, this guitar is in very good condition.

1962 Gibson J45 Sunburst (consignment) NO LONGER AVAILABLE

Here’s a 1962 Gibson J45 Sunburst in good playing condition – and with that great vintage J-45 sound. The Gibson J-45 was introduced in 1942, and has been in production ever since.

1997 Guild Starfire 4 Blonde Maple Thinline Guitar (consignment) SOLD

1997 Guild Starfire 4 Blonde Maple Thinline Guitar

2004 German Vasquez Rubio Flamenco Blanca Guitar (consignment) SOLD

This 2004 German Vasquez Rubio Flamenco Guitar is really quite exceptional. As with most Flamenco Blanco instruments, it’s quite light but it’s also extremely resonant and responsive — it’s almost as if you are playing a living instrument.

SOLD 1999 Gibson Super 400 1939 Reissue (consignment)

This 1999 Gibson Super 400 1939 Reissue is in near immaculate condition, with a carved spruce top, carved and very highly flamed maple back, flame maple sides and neck. There is no significant wear.

1941 Gibson L7 Sunburst Archtop Guitar (consignment) SOLD

Today we have a very clean 1941 Gibson L7 Sunburst Archtop Guitar. This guitar comes with a copy of the original sales contract, to a young man about to go into the US Coast Guard.

1965 Manuel G Contreras Classical Guitar SOLD

This 1965 Manuel G Contreras Classical Guitar is in good playing condition. Constructed with Spruce top and Brazilian Rosewood back and sides, it has a light French Polish finish.

2002 Morgan Concert Cutaway Koa Steel String Guitar (consignment) SOLD

This is a lovely 2002 Morgan Concert Cutaway Koa Steel String Guitar, in excellent condition. It’s a full size guitar with a rounded Venetian cutaway, distinguishing it as an older model; most cutaway Morgans are now Florentine (pointed). The highly figured Koa back and sides are very attractive, but also add a warm brilliance to the tone.

SOLD!! 1993 Marc Beneteau Steel String Acoustic Guitar (consignment)

1993 Marc Beneteau Steel String Acoustic Guitar

Sunburst 1972 Gibson Les Paul Deluxe (consignment) SOLD

Here’s a lovely Sunburst 1972 Gibson Les Paul Deluxe. Gibson introduced the Les Paul Deluxe in 1968 and it was produced until 1985. The Gibson Les Paul Deluxe is very similar in construction to the Les Paul Standard. The primary differences are in the pickup routes and the actual pickups

1967 Deep Green Guild Starfire XII (consignment) SOLD

Here’s something unusual! A 1967 Deep Green Guild Starfire XII in good playing condition, though the finish is worn. Guild introduced the Starfire in 1960 as a thinline semi-hollow single cutaway guitar. By 1963, the double-cutaway Starfire IV was introduced.

Announcement – Coming Soon to The Twelfth Fret Website

Coming Soon! You may have noticed that we have not been posting as many instruments as in the past. This is not because we’ve run out of material – far from it!

1998 Martin D-28 Dreadnought (consignment) SOLD

This is a very clean 1998 Martin D-28 Dreadnought guitar. Martin introduced the Dreadnought body shape in 1916, building the first ones for the Oliver Ditson company – these did not carry the Martin brand name. These instruments had mahogany backs and sides, and the necks joined the body at the twelfth fret. The Ditson company disappeared in 1920, and the Dreadnought guitar went with it.

1955 Silvertone S1384 Archtop Guitar REDUCED

This is seriously cool – a 1955 Silvertone S1384 Archtop Guitar. This guitar is virtually identical to the 1955 Harmony Espanada model, with the difference being the branding logos.

Taylor 320e Baritone SLTD Guitar SOLD

The Taylor Spring Limited series is back! We’ve just received a Taylor 320e Baritone SLTD guitar and it’s really something. This baritone guitar, based on the dreadnought body, features sapele back and sides paired with a mahogany top, a mahogany neck and ebony fingerboard and bridge.

2011 Sadowsky Jimmy Bruno Archtop (consignment) SOLD

Here is a lovely 2011 Sadowsky Jimmy Bruno Archtop. It’s in great condition with one small chip at the end of the headstock, plays very well and has a wonderful smooth sound.

1958 Gibson J200 Sunburst (consignment) SOLD

The iconic Gibson J200 isn’t just an impressive looking guitar. It can be an incredibly good sounding instrument. This example of 1958 Gibson J200 Sunburst production is in quite good condition and has a full, rich sound. The tuners were changed at some point to period Epiphone gears.

1982 Steinberger L2 Fretless Bass (consignment) SOLD

This 1982 Steinberger L2 Fretless Bass, number 466, is in great condition, with all the parts. As a fretless, it is not a conversion, but a factory fretless model. It has two EMG active pickups and four controls. It uses double ball end strings, and features the breakthrough bridge and tuner tailpiece.

1955 Sunburst Fender Stratocaster (consignment) SOLD

Following the success of the Telecaster, Leo Fender decided to expand his product range and in 1954, introduced the Stratocaster. This 1955 Sunburst Fender Stratocaster is a decent example of early Stratocaster production.

2003 Gibson SJ 200 Standard (consignment) SOLD

The Gibson SJ 200 is one of the iconic steel string flat top guitars. Introduced in 1937, it was an immediate hit. While it’s a fairly large guitar – according to the 1938 Gibson catalog, the SJ stands for Super Jumbo, after all – it’s actually quite comfortable to play. Tonally, it’s very even, and can be rather loud with great projection.

2012 Gibson 1958 Les Paul Standard Reissue R8 (consignment) SOLD

This is a rather nice 2012 example of the Gibson 1958 Les Paul Standard Reissue R8. The R8 is just a short form for ‘1958 Reissue’, as the R9 model is the 1959 reissue; the main difference now is the neck profile. The R8 has a somewhat chunkier neck compared to the R9.

Raines Master Series 7 string Classical Guitars

Finally we can offer a well made 7 – string classical guitar at a reasonable price – the Raines Master Series 7 String. Used extensively in South American popular music and Latin Jazz,  the low string is generally tuned to an A or a B. Incredible players like Felipe Coelho of Sao Paulo, Brazil are making great waves with the tonal possibilities offered by this new guitar.

2004 Avalon Legacy A10c Cutaway Jumbo SOLD

The Avalon Legacy A10c is a cutaway jumbo guitar resembling earlier Lowden guitars but with an Auditorium body (hence the A designation). Tonally, it’s well balanced with good volume. Physically, it is in good condition with a few small dings.

2004 Avalon Legacy A10c Cutaway Jumbo

The Avalon Legacy 10c is a cutaway jumbo guitar closely resembling earlier Lowden guitars, such as the O-32c and L-32c. It features a cedar top with mahogany back and sides and a mahogany neck with ebony fingerboard. Tonally, it’s well balanced with good volume. Physically, it is in good condition with a few small dings.

Lavant Green Little Walter Tube Amps 22 Watt Head with 1×12 Cabinet SOLD

Here is a very cool Lavant Green Little Walter Tube Amps 22 Watt Head with 1×12 Cabinet, built to The Twelfth Fret’s specifications.The Little Walter 22 Watt head has two channels, normal and bright; each has a volume control but share a tone control. It’s capable of great breakup with good volume and lots of character. It’s based on the Little Walter 15-watt model, but with larger power and output transformers.

2010 Kanilea Custom Tenor Ukulele SOLD

This 2010 Kanilea Custom Tenor Ukulele might be the best-sounding uke I’ve ever played. Of course it’s comfortable to play and has a good action, but the tone is outstanding, with a rich fullness and great harmonic overtones, excellent separation between notes, and very good sustain.

2008 Fender Twin Reverb Amp 65 Reissue (consignment) SOLD

This 2008 Fender Twin Reverb Amp 65 Reissue is in great condition, very clean and all original, with original 12 inch Jensen C-12K speakers. No cover or footswitch included.

1976 Fender Starcaster Sunburst SOLD

Here’s something quite unusual – a 1976 Fender Starcaster Sunburst. The Starcaster was introduced around 1974-1975 and was produced until 1980 or 1982. While it’s a good design, and well built, it was never commercially successful; there’s apparently a perception that Fender makes solidbody guitars, and semi-hollows come from other makers like Gibson.

1950 Gibson L-7 P Premiere Cutaway Archtop (consignment) NO LONGER AVAILABLE

Here is a wonderful 1950 Gibson L-7 P Premiere Cutaway Archtop. Gibson was a major player in the Archtop guitar world, with Epiphone as its main rival. And of course, after WW2 the volume wars were still being fought and amplification was the coming thing for guitars. In 1948, Ted McCarty filed a patent for the pickguard-mounted pickup assembly seen on this instrument (the patent was issued as #2,567,570 on September 11, 1951) and many others dating from its introduction at the 1948 Summer NAMM show until the mid 1950’s.

Electro Harmonix Deluxe Memory Man

Electro Harmonix Deluxe Memory Man, the most in-demand analog delay ever built!

Ernie Ball Music Man Albert Lee MM90 (SOLD)

The Ernie Ball Music Man Albert Lee MM90 in candy apple red is one sweet looking and sounding guitar!

Bluegrass At The Twelfth Fret 7PM to 9PM Monday May 12 2014

Bluegrass At The Twelfth Fret 7PM to 9PM Monday May 12 2014. with Marc Roy, Will Meadows and Carol Simpson. When and Where: 7PM to 9PM, Monday May 12 2014 at The Twelfth Fret, 2132 Danforth Avenue, Toronto M4C 1J9. Price: $20 admission – your ticket is a gift card redeemable for $20 in store merchandise – an unbeatable deal!

2009 Gretsch Anniversary 6117T-HT SOLD

Here’s something relatively unusual – a 2009 Gretsch Anniversary 6117T-HT. This means it’s an Anniversary model, based on the venerable 6120 design, but with a sunburst finish, trestle bracing, and HiLo ‘Tron pickups.

2010 Sergei de Jonge Classical Guitar (consignment) SOLD

This is a beautiful 2010 Sergei de Jonge classical guitar with Brazilian Rosewood back and sides and an elevated fingerboard. Sergei de Jonge builds from his shop in Chelsea, Quebec, and has for many years been prominent in the Canadian lutherie scene; he also runs courses out of his shop, including instruction on French Polish finishes.

Pierre Rene Lacote Heptachorde circa 1840 (sold)

On display here is a very rare Pierre Rene Lacote Heptachorde circa 1840. Rene Lacote of Paris, Master Luthier of the Paris school of guitar makers was one of the most influential makers of the early nineteenth century. Today his guitars are sought after by both collectors and performers. Past guitarists who played guitars by Lacote include Ferdinando Carulli, Fernando Sor, Dionisio Aguado and Matteo Carcassi.

2009 Morris SS-102iii Grand Auditorium (consignment) SOLD

Today we’re looking at a 2009 Morris SS-102iii Grand Auditorium guitar. Morris guitars are built in Nagano, Japan. The company was founded before 1964 by Mr. Toshio Moridaira and was the first Japanese distributor to carry both Fender and Gibson instruments.

1929 Bakelite Neck National Triolian (consignment) SOLD

On display here is a 1929 1929 Bakelite Neck National Triolian. Bakelite-neck Nationals were made from about February 1929 to August 1930 for a production total of around 1800 instuments. Bakelite-neck Nationals are quite rare, for two main reasons.

Late 1950s Kay Model K5965 Hollowbody Electric Bass (consignment) SOLD

This is likely the best-condition Late 1950s Kay Model K5965 Hollowbody Electric Bass I’ve seen. There’s very little wear and one mark on the back. It looks like it’s spent most of its life in its case.

1965 Vox AC10 2×10 Combo Amplifier (consignment) SOLD

Here’s an all original 1965 Vox AC10 2×10 Combo Amplifier. Vox was the pre-eminent musical instrument amplifier manufacturer in the UK and much of Europe in the late 1950’s and early 1960’s, and produced most of the amps used by the most popular bands at the time. If you’ve heard an early 1960’s pop or rock record from the UK – you’ve heard Vox amplifiers.

Gibson F-5L Fern Mandolin

It’s great to see Gibson mandolins again, as few and far between as they are. This Gibson F-5L Fern mandolin has the ‘L’ designation, for Lloyd Loar; the F-5L model was introduced in 1978 as a return to the specifications Lloyd Loar used on his original F-5 Master Model instruments between 1922 and 1924.

1983 Marc Beneteau Classical Cutaway (consignment) SOLD

Marc Beneteau has been building instruments in Ontario since at least 1974, and in that time has produced many archtop, steel string and classical guitars, plus a few other instruments like dulcimers and ukuleles. This 1983 Marc Beneteau Classical Cutaway demonstrates Marc’s skill and the quality of his workmanship. The tone is rich and full, with warm highs and deep lows.

Vox Lil Night Train Amp Head – V110NT Cabinet Set

Another example of the concept of low-power tube amps – the Vox Lil Night Train Amp Head – V110NT Cabinet Set. A lot of players have real restrictions on how loudly they can play, but with amps like this there is no need to sacrifice real tube tone for the sake of the neighbors.

Vox Night Train NT15C1 Amplifier

The Vox Night Train NT15C1 is a very cool 15 watt tube amp with killer tone and versatility in a compact package!

2004 Collings OM1 Guitar (consignment) SOLD

Today we’re looking at a near perfect 2004 Collings OM1 Guitar. The Orchestra Model, based on the OOO body style, was originally built by Martin for Perry Bechtel to accomodate the first 14-fret necks. The object was to help sell guitars to plectrum banjo players, who were used to the longer necks. This example of the OM1 has been very carefully kept and well maintained.

2013 Collings D2H-A Dreadnought Guitar (consignment) SOLD

Here is a pristine 2013 Collings D2H-A Dreadnought. The -A designation means that this is a D2H – Dreadnought body size with 2 level decoration and Herringbone binding – with an Adirondack spruce top.

As with all Collings instruments, the build quality is stunningly good and the tone is even better. Collings dreadnoughts produce all the volume, presence, bottom end and mids you’d expect and have full sparkling highs.

1974 Black Fender Telecaster Custom (consignment) SOLD

I have to say that this instrument caught my eye very quickly – long ago, I spent years slaving over one of these on small stages. This 1974 Black Fender Telecaster Custom really brought back some memories, and my ears are still ringing!

Visit The Twelfth Fret on Ebay!

You can visit The Twelfth Fret on eBay! The Twelfth Fret has been on eBay since 1999. We often use eBay to showcase speciality instruments to the eBay community such as the Coral Sitar we currently have featured.But mainly, we use eBay for a variety of end- of- line, discontinued new-old-stock items and to reduce over-stock that current new accessories.eBay is the perfect place to clear out these items and you will often see pickups and guitar parts going at well under “dealer cost”.

Ernie Ball Music Man John Petrucci Red Pearl Burst (NO LONGER AVAILABLE)

The Ernie Ball Music Man John Petrucci Red Pearl Burst guitar is a versatile rock guitar with great looks and plays like butter!

2011 Godin Montreal Mahogany Two Voice Guitar (consignment) SOLD

This 2011 Godin Montreal Mahogany Two Voice Guitar is an extremely versatile instrument and is in great condition. The Montreal Mahogany uses a chambered, bolt-on design. The body is built from a slab of mahogany; the top is sliced off, the blank is routed out for the chambers, the top gets the pickup and F-holes, is glued back on and bound. The strings mount through the back, and the result is a full, rich tone with lots of sustain.

2008 Alhambra Model 10p Cedar Top Classical Guitar (consignment) SOLD

Here is a lovely 2008 Alhambra Model 10p Cedar Top Classical Guitar. Alhambra guitars are built in Muro de Alcoy, in the Alicante region of Spain.
The Alhambra Model 10p is built with either spruce or cedar tops; this example from 2008 uses the Wester Red Cedar top.

Ernie Ball Music Man Albert Lee SSS

The Ernie Ball Music Man Albert Lee SSS is elegant, versatile and a joy to play!

Gary Benson Memorial 1939 – 2014

Gary Benson Memorial 1939 – 2014 Gary Benson was one of Canada’s premiere jazz guitarists, in a career covering three decades. A regular backup guitarist for the best vocalists, Gary also worked in bands at the Stratford and Shaw festivals.

1899 Lyon – Healy Mystic Banjo (consignment) SOLD

Here is a lovely 1899 Lyon and Healy Mystic Banjo, in fully playable condition. This instrument features a 30-hook pot, a mahogany neck with carved heel and ebony fingerboard, and lots of mother of pearl inlay. The Lyon and Healy firm grew out of an effort by Oliver Ditson – beginning in 1864 – to expand his wholesale musical instrument business into the US Midwest, with a facility in Chicago.

1932 Martin OM-28 Sunburst (consignment)

This is a rare 1932 Martin OM-18 Sunburst. During 1932, the C. F. Martin guitar company produced 3,000 instruments in total. The OM-18 features the Orchestra Model body, with a tighter waist and slightly narrower bouts than the Dreadnought design. It’s also sometimes known as the 000 size.

Stelling Red Fox Banjo

The beautiful Stelling Red Fox banjo is a new model, another superb example of Geoff Stelling’s craftsmanship. Inspired by master banjoist Bill Emerson, the Red Fox features Stelling’s unique bronze ‘Wedge Fit’ tone ring fitted to a Tony Pass ‘Lost Timbre’ block rim. The Red Fox inlay on the headstock and abalone maple leaf inlay on the fingerboard help make this fine instrument really quite fetching.

2010 FireGlo Rickenbacker 4003 Bass (consignment) SOLD

Here’s a lovely, near mint 2010 FireGlo Rickenbacker 4003 Bass. The 4003 Bass is the successor to the 4001, which it finally fully replaced in 1986.

Visually, the differences between the 4001 and 4003 are subtle. However, the 4003 sports a different truss rod system with adjusters at either end of the neck, and updated wiring.

1989 Black Fender DAquisto Elite Archtop (consignment) SOLD

As the last of the legendary John D’Angelico’s apprentices, James ‘Jimmy’ D’Aquisto produced some of the best, most sought after – and most expensive – archtop guitars ever made. In a 1994 agreement with Fender, Fender built D’Aquisto Elite archtops at their Terada plant in Japan. These guitars were re-issued between 1989 and 1994. This 1989 Black Fender DAquisto Elite Archtop is in pristine condition, and the black finish is quite rare.

1990 Black Fender D’Aquisto Elite Archtop (consignment)

As the last of the legendary John D’Angelico’s apprentices, James ‘Jimmy’ D’Aquisto produced some of the best, most sought after – and most expensive – archtop guitars ever made. In a 1994 agreement with Fender, Fender built D’Aquisto Elite archtops at their Terada plant in Japan. These guitars were re-issued between 1989 and 1994. This 1990 Black Fender DAquisto Elite Archtop is in pristine condition, and the black finish is quite rare.

1989 Fender DAquisto Elite Archtop (consignment) SOLD

This 1989 Fender DAquisto Elite Archtop sports a natural finish,which really shows off the flame maple laminate used on the back and sides. It’s in excellent condition with very minor wear. They feature maple laminate back and sides, solid spruce tops, a maple neck with ebony fingerboard and ebony fittings; and one humbucking pickup at the neck, with the metal parts gold plated.

AER Acousticube 3 Amp SOLD

The AER Acousticube 3 Amplifier is widely considered THE reference standard for acoustic amplification. Built in Germany, AER amps are used on stages and studios by top level performers worldwide. The sonic quality is outstanding, and the amp offers 32-bit digital effects with 100 presets.

2000 Fender 56 NOS Stratocaster SOLD

Here’s a nearly perfect, built in 2000 Fender 56 NOS Stratocaster. The NOS stands for New Old Stock and this looks like it’s never been out of the case, and the case stored in a time capsule! All of the original case candy and Custom Shop certificates are included. This is about as close to mint as you can get without actually running the presses.

2006 Tobias Growler 5 String Bass (Consignment) No Longer Available

This 2006 Tobias Growler 5 String Bass is in excellent condition. The swamp ash body provides good tone with only a moderate weight, and the body design balances well.

2013 Fano Alt de Facto EB6 Gold Top SOLD

Here’s a medium-level relic 2013 Fano Alt de Facto EB6 Gold Top. It’s in close to new condition, though with a relic that means something entirely different than shiny! This instrument has unique lines, is extremely well built. It’s got a great clear, crisp tone with lots of definition. It’s very resonant and just rings right out. And it looks like it’s 50 years old!

Guitar Clinic with Mike Francis and Neal Davis at The Twelfth Fret

If you’ve been in Canada in the last 30 years, you’ve heard Mike Francis play. He’s been in uncountable sessions and stages for many musicians, movies, TV and radio shows, and commercials. Here’s a great opportunity to find out how a top session player approaches the guitar, recording, performing, and the business.

Richard Smyth The Last Grab

Richard Smyth The Last Grab

1981 Wine Red Gibson Les Paul Custom NO LONGER AVAILABLE

The Gibson Les Paul Custom is an iconic guitar. It’s been used in pretty much every genre, from jazz, to pop, from country to metal, from punk to fusion and points between. This 1981 Wine Red Gibson Les Paul Custom is in good condition. It’s definitely seen some playing over the years, and that’s a good thing.

Gibson Brad Paisley Model J-45 (SOLD)

Gibson Brad Paisley Model J-45

1953 Gibson Les Paul Gold Top (consignment) SOLD

This 1953 Gibson Les Paul Gold Top has been converted, as many were, to a what is now standard – a bridge and stop tailpiece configuration. Aside from that, it’s been refretted for playability, and the output jack plate has been replaced, but is otherwise in original condition. The original trapeze tailpiece is included in the original 4-latch case.

1977 Martin M-38 SOLD

This 1977 Martin M-38 is from the second year of production. It’s in good shape with a few pick marks on the top upper treble bout, but otherwise no major dings or dents. It plays well and really sounds good.

Martin Custom Shop D-18 Sunburst

This Martin Custom Shop D-18 Sunburst is an outstanding instrument. Without being played in at all, it’s bright, full, crisp and clear with brilliant ringing trebles and rich bass and midrange. What a sound – and it’s just going to get better.

SOLD 1966 Martin D-21 (Consignment)

This 1966 Martin D-21 was built just before Martin stopped using Brazilian rosewood in response to Brazil’s restrictions on the export of Brazilian Rosewood in lumber form. This, then, is one of the last Brazilian D-21s.

This example of the D-21 line is in good physical shape and good playing condition, and sonds quite good.

Refinished 1959 Fender Precision Bass (consignment) SOLD

This refinished 1959 Fender Precision Bass is in great playing and structural condition. It plays really well and has great punch and tone – even with the mutes installed and active!

1969 Robert Ruck classical guitar (consignment) SOLD

We seldom see things like this 1969 Robert Ruck classical guitar; this is partly because Robert Ruck doesn’t build much anymore, and his guitars are so well regarded that they seldom change hands.

Larrivee L-05 1993 (Consignment) SOLD

Here is a beautiful Larrivee L-05 with an aftermarket side port modification!

Gibson Guitars SGJ 2014 120th Anniversary model

I had a lot of fun with this Gibson Guitars SGJ 2014 120th Anniversary model. Took it off the wall, plugged it straight into one of my current favourite amps – a Vox AC15 – and it sounded great.

1994 Deering Calico Banjo SOLD

Here is a 1994 Deering Calico banjo in excellent condition. The Calico is a professional grade instrument known for its crisp tone, great highs and distinctive bass response. It’s designed to provide great tone and excellent projection.

2011 Martin 0015M Steel String Acoustic Guitar SOLD

Here’s a near-perfect 2011 Martin 00-15M steel string acoustic guitar. The 00 body style is one of the earliest Martin designs,
dating to 1877 with a 12-fret neck and 1934 with the 14 fret neck.

1965 Hofner 500 1 Beatle Bass (consignment) SOLD

Today we’re looking at a very nice 1965 Hofner 500 1 Beatle Bass. Originally introduced as the Hofner Violin Bass, this model gained an unshakeable association with Paul McCartney and the Beatles.

Cadillac Green 2013 Gretsch G6196T Country Club SOLD

This is just great – a near-perfect, one year old Cadillac Green 2013 Gretsch G6196T Country Club. The Gretsch G6196T Country Club can look a lot like the Gretsch White Falcon, and that’s because it shares body and neck dimensions. However, the Country Club has a solid spruce top instead of laminated maple and more — restrained decoration.

1964 Gibson Trini Lopez Custom (consignment) SOLD

1964 Gibson Trini Lopez Custom

Capek F5 Basic Mandolin

Recently we were visited by Rost’a Capek and his wife, who live and work in Prauge, Czech Republic. Capek has been building instruments – primarily banjos and mandolin family members – for bluegrass and jazz players for over 26 years. We’ve just taken delivery of a Capek F5 Basic Mandolin model, and it is impressive. The build quality is very high and the instrument sounds great.

G.W. Barry M Style 1990 (Consignment) NO LONGER AVAILABLE

This G.W. Barry M Style flat top from 1990 has a lovely well balanced tone with plenty of rich low end and silky smooth treble frequencies!

Olympic White 1970 Fender Stratocaster (consignment) SOLD

Here we have an Olympic White 1970 Fender Stratocaster in almost completely original condition. It’s been played a lot over the years, so the strings have been changed but aside from that, all the parts look stock. It has not been refretted, so predictably there is a significant amount of fretwear.

Larrivee LV-03 Vancouver Edition SOLD

Own part of Canadian guitar history with the Larrivee LV-03 Vancouver Edition!

1959 Gibson J45 (consignment) NO LONGER AVAILABLE

Here’s another example of a real workhorse guitar – the 1959 Gibson J45. Introduced in 1942, the J-45 has been in production ever since and is one of Gibson’s most successful designs.

1960 Gibson LG-1 Sunburst (consignment) NO LONGER AVAILABLE

The LG-1 was introduced in 1942, along with the LG-2 and LG-3. However, the demands of World War 2 almost immediately stopped the production of the LG-1 and LG-3, and they were re-introduced in 1945. In its first release, the LG-1 had a brown top finish, but received a sunburst finish after the war. Production ended in 1974.

2008 Eastman MDC805 Mandocello SOLD

This is a spectacular instrument – a 2008 Eastman MDC805 Mandocello in near-perfect condition.

Project Instruments – SOLD

From time to time, I am forced to “house clean” when I run short on storage space. Since I can’t resist buying any vintage instruments things eventually reach the breaking point where I have to ‘thin the herd’.

These ‘project instruments’ are put on a shelf with the best of intentions…but many cups of espresso later I come to the realization that I would rather be out on my motorcycle and many of these projects will simply never be looked at.

Watkins Dominator Mark 1 V Front Amplifier Reissue

One of only 100 built – the Watkins Dominator Mark 1 V Front Amplifier Reissue! The Watkins Dominator was bleeding edge for 1956, and its blistering 18 watts and two ten inch speakers struck fear in to the hearts of many promoters. The concept of the V-front is to widen the sonic field, rather than focus it straight ahead. Though it was rapidly pushed off stage by other much higher powered amplifiers, the Dominator was used extensively in studios during the 1960’s and was apparently the basis for the 18-watt Marshall combo design.

2011 Gibson Hummingbird True Vintage (consignment) SOLD

Here’s an almost perfect 2011 Gibson Hummingbird True Vintage. Gibson introduced the Hummingbird in 1960 and it was their first square-shouldered dreadnought body guitar; to this point, Gibson was known for slope-shouldered dreadnoughts like the J-45.

1977 Gibson Les Paul Custom Cherry Burst (consignment) NO LONGER AVAILBLE

Here’s a cool 1977 Gibson Les Paul Custom Cherry Burst. The Les Paul Custom was introduced in 1954, as a dressed-up version of the ‘new’ Les Paul model (introduced in 1952). Originally, it featured a black finish (with a mahogany top rather than maple) and with very low frets.

2013 National M1 Tricone Cutaway SOLD

Here’s a pristine and unusual instrument – a 2013 National M1 Tricone Cutaway. This cutawy version of the M1 doesn’t even appear on the National site! This lightly-used fine example is in nearly new condition, and appears to have been hardly played at all.

2010 Collings D-41G SOLD

Based on the Collings D3 model, this D41G is in very good condition and features a German Spruce top (this is the G in the model number), Indian Rosewood back and sides and abalone trim on the top.

Collings guitars are exceptionally well built and great sounding and this guitar has a wonderfully full, rich tone with undeniable presence.

1976 Guild Capri CE100D Blonde Archtop (consignment) SOLD

Here’s a lovely 1976 Guild Capri CE-100D Blonde Archtop. Guild introduced the CE-100 in 1956 and it was built till 1983. A new version is now available from Guild.

This guitar is in great shape and is very comfortable to play.

1931 Martin 0028 (consignment) SOLD

Here’s a rare treat – a 1931 Martin 0028. Adding to the value and historical interest of this instrument is a set of photos of the original owner playing it while in the Canadian Forces in the European Theater during World War 2!

1946 Martin D18 (consignment) SOLD

The D-18 is known for a brilliant tone with lots of attack and great separation between notes, which makes it very suitable for styles as diverse as bluegrass and solo fingerstyle

2012 Taylor T5X Thinline Electric SOLD

2012 Taylor T5X Thinline Electric

2000 Guild JF30 NO LONGER AVAILABLE

One of Guild’s best values in jumbo acoustics, this 2000 Guild JF30 is in good condition and plays very well. It’s had a pickup added so it’s ready to go!

Mike Francis with Neal Davis: a Clinic at the Twelfth Fret

CLINIC POSTPONED – NEW DATE: MONDAY MARCH 3RD     Clinic: Mike Francis with Neal Davis Where: The Twelfth Fret Guitar Shop, 2132 Danforth Ave, Toronto ON. When: Monday January 20th MARCH 3rd , 6pm – 8:30pm Price: $40 per person (limited space available)   Mike Francis has been the “go to guy” in the Toronto recording scene for over 30 years. His guitar playing can be heard daily on numerous TV & radio commercials, TV shows, feature films and the recordings of many

2001 Jose Ramirez Elite 1a Traditional (consignment) SOLD

Today we have a 2001 Jose Ramirez Elite 1a Traditional. The 1a Traditional model is the top of the range for Ramirez guitars, and the Elite version uses the highest quality materials available.

Danelectro DC-59 1960 (Consignment) SOLD

This copper finish Danelectro DC-59 is a cool retro guitar that will have vintage fans drooling with envy!

Danelectro Convertable 1962 (Consignment)

The Danelectro Convertable: one of the most popular retro guitars, great unique look!

Music Man Axis Super Sport 25th Anniversary 2009 (Used) Sold

Feast your eyes and ears on the beautiful Music Man Axis Super Sport 25th Anniversary model selling for $1475.00

Music Man Axis Sport MM90 (Consignment) SOLD

This purple Music Man Axis Sport MM90 has a super smooth playing neck and a creamy tone great for blues and rock!

Northfield NF F5S Mandolin (NO LONGER AVAILABLE)

We recently received a Northfield NF F5S Mandolin! We’ve had a very few Northfields basically as demo instruments, and they were very well received.

Seagull Merlin Standup Dulcimer

Seagull Merlin Standup Dulcimer

Gretsch Falcon G6139T CBDC

Brand new and very cool! This is the new Gretsch Falcon G6139T CBDC.

At 16 inches across, it’s one inch smaller than the Double Cut, and it has what Chet always wanted – a spruce center block to reduce feedback and increase sustain and note to note separation.

2008 Tom Anderson Hollow T Classic SOLD

2008 Tom Anderson Hollow T Classic

Cherry Red 1960 Gibson ES-345 TD (consignment) SOLD

Here’s something special. This isn’t just a Cherry Red 1960 Gibson ES-345 TD – this guitar was owned and played by the late Domenic Troiano.

David Wren 2012 Concert ‘Sinker’ Redwood and Macassar (used) SOLD

Here is a beautiful David Wren Concert with Sinker Redwood and Macassar Ebony!

1994 Heritage H150 Sunburst (consignment) SOLD

This 1994 Heritage H150 Sunburst is based on the classic Les Paul design, but with a number of subtle changes. The body shape is slightly different and the headstock is narrower and tapered – this is a good thing as it decreases the angle the strings take out of the nut.

Boucher Guitars Alancia Goose OMH SOLD

Boucher guitars are fairly new for us, but they bring a fully developed and realized instrument line.
Today we have a Boucher Guitars Alancia Goose OMH, or Orchestra Model Hybrid. This model features cocobolo back and sides, this specific example a wood set with lovely sapwood providing visual effects.

Midnight Blue 2009 Rickenbacker 4001c64s (consignment) SOLD

This Midnight Blue 2009 Rickenbacker 4001c64s is one of only four in this particular colour – there are two more in satin. It’s in excellent condition.

1973 Rickenbacker 4001 Bass (consignment) SOLD

While the Fender Precision Bass holds the record for the most recordings, the Rickenbacker 4001 bass provides a bright punchy sound that comes right to the front of the mix. It’s hard to miss it on a recording or stage.

This 1973 Rickenbacker 4001 Bass is in good shape and great playing condition.

2002 Dave Nichols 00 Style Acoustic Guitar (No longer available)

Dave Nichols has spent decades doing custom inlay work, including a lot for Martin. His work shows a high degree of familiarity with pearl inlay – it looks like it was easy for the builder to do, a sure sign that it isn’t.

This 2002 Dave Nichols 00 Style acoustic guitar is in good playing condition and looks fantastic.

Emoticon – City at Night [New EP]

The debut EP from Emoticon is now available at the Twelfth Fret. City at Night is the debut EP from the Twelfth Fret’s own Nevin Douglas. Instrumental electronic music with a retro / new wave / synth pop sound. Minimal, catchy, and fun. We have CDs available for $11.95. To place an order contact us here.

1960 Gretsch 6124 Single Anniversary (Consignment) SOLD

This 1960 Gretsch 6124 Single Anniversary is in good playing and visual condition, with most original hardware and case. Intended as a lower cost alternative to the 6120, the Anniversary originally had a pair of Filter ‘Tron pickups and an ebony fingerboard,

1974 Rickenbacker 330 Jetglo (consignment) SOLD

This 1974 Rickenbacker 330 Jetglo is in very good condition – though it has been played and has some fretwear, it has very few marks or wear otherwise.

2004 Gitane D500 Professional Gypsy Jazz Guitar (consignment) SOLD

The Saga company has been producing an excellent version of the Selmer concept under the ‘Gitane’ name for some time. This fine 2004 Gitane D-500 Professional Gypsy Jazz Guitar is a wonderful example of the Grand Bouche design, is in great shape and is really entertaining to play.

1939 Kalamazoo KHG 14 (consignment) SOLD

The 1939 Kalamazoo KHG 14 is very much like the Gibson L-00, but without the truss rod. It’s had its bridsge replaced, cracks have been repaired, and has been converted from Hawaiian setup to ‘standard’ fingerstyle.

1965 Gibson RB-100 Banjo SOLD

Here’s a really great condition 1965 Gibson RB-100 Banjo, delivering a warm, woody tone, hard attack with quick note decay

1920 Windsor Artiste Model 4 Zither Banjo (consignment) NO LONGER AVAILABLE

Here is a wonderful 1920 Windsor Artiste Model 4 Zither Banjo. Built in Birmingham, England, this instrument is in perfect playing condition.

Boucher Guitars Studio Escrioto Goose

Today we’re visiting with a Boucher Guitars Studio Escrioto Goose. This new guitar, built in Berthier-sur-Mer, a bit east of Quebec City, Quebec, is a take on the classic herringbone dreadnought design and shows why that has been such a successful design.

2012 Bishline Clermont Banjo (consignment) No Longer Available

This 2012 Bishline Clermont Banjo is in excellent condition – it would be hard for it to be cleaner – and is just a beautiful instrument. Loud, sweet yet clear and bright. The heavy figuring of the neck and resonator maple combines with the shaded, tinted finish for a spectactular effect.

2008 Heritage H 535 Antique Natural Thinline (consignment) SOLD

Specializing in high-quality examples of proven designs, Heritage demonstrates a commitment to craftsmanship and attention to detail. This 2008 Heritage H 535 Antique Natural Thinline is in excellent condition.

Vox AC 30 Head 1963 (Consignment) SOLD

Classic British chime and crunch await with this Vox AC 30 head from 1963!

Larrivee Custom Shop LS-04 Bloodwood SOLD

The Larrivee Custom Shop LS-04 Bloodwood is a quietly spectacular guitar. Not that it has a low volume – it doesn’t – but while it’s not exceptionally ornate, it’s got a fabulous sound and tunes just fall out of it.

Fryette Memphis 30 Combo 2011 (Consignment) No Longer Available

The Fryette Memphis 30 Combo is a versatile combo amp in all original condition.

1981 Ramirez 1a Flamenco Guitar NO LONGER AVAILABLE

The Ramirez 1a is the top of the range for concert instruments, in classical or Flamenco styles. Built only by a few of the most skilled and experienced luthiers in the small Ramirez shop, the 1a uses the finest available materials.

1997 Lowden O25C Steel String (consignment) SOLD

Lowden guitars have been favoured by both fingerstyle and plectrum players since they became available. The O, or Original model, is a fairly large jumbo design, which produces a suprisingly even, rich sound with lots of articulation and projection.

This 1997 Lowden O25C steel string was built in Downpatrick, Northern Ireland.

65 Amps Memphis (NO LONGER AVAILABLE)

The 65 Amps Memphis, formerly know as the Monterey has the classic 6V6 format and can go from warm American tones to modern boutique distortion setting at the flick of a switch!

Fender American Special Mustang NO LONGER AVAILABLE

Introducing the Fender American Special Mustang! The Fender Mustang was introduced in 1964 as a step up from the late-1950’s MusicMaster and Duo-Sonic ‘student’ guitars. However, certain aspects of this design attracted a number of professional players who at the time weren’t comfortable with other guitars available at the time. They seemed to like the 24-inch scale and the compact, lightweight body.

Fender American Special Jazzmaster

Fender’s just introduced a new variation on the Jazzmaster – the Fender American Special Jazzmaster!

1950 Gibson Super 300 (consignment) SOLD

I’ve never actually seen one of these before – but, there were only about 200 produced, between 1948 and 1955. This is a 1950 Gibson Super 300. The Super 300 is very similar to its much better known older brother, the Super 400. The key difference is the modesty of the 300’s decoration – at least compared to the Super 400.

1990 Gibson Chet Atkins CE Solidbody Classical (consignment) No Longer Available

We don’t see these very often, but here’s a fine example of a very influential guitar – a 1990 Gibson Chet Atkins CE Solidbody Classical. The late, great and greatly lamented Chet Atkins was responsible for not only great music, but a number of musical innovations. Given his many performances over decades, under a very wide range of conditions, it’s not surprising that he often sought out ways to control or prevent feedback at stage volumes.

2006 Epiphone Joe Pass Emperor II NO LONGER AVAILABLE

This 2006 Epiphone Joe Pass Emperor II is in great shape. The compact body is comfortable yet full-sounding, and the hardware is of good quality. It’s had so little use that the foam shipping strip is still under the bridge!

2008 Taylor GS Custom Fall LTD SOLD

Taylor Guitars run a seasonal ‘Limited Edition’ program during which they offer customized versions of their more popular guitars, but with highly figured wood sets and less-common material combinations. This means that a number of unique and often breathtaking versions of otherwise standard guitars become available, and it’s been quite a popular offering.

Bruce Dowd Fretless Electric Gourd Banjo (consignment) SOLD

The banjo has an extremely long and varied history – aside from the drum and the human voice, it’s one of the oldest instruments. Over millennia the banjo has taken many forms but they all have common elements.

1919 Gibson F2 Mandolin SOLD

Orville Gibson basically invented the modern mandolin around 1895, combining the basic stringing and tuning layout with violin-type construction technology. To this point, the mandolin was usually a bowl-backed instrument, though some related flat-backed instruments such as the cittern had existed for some centuries.

1989 David Wren Cutaway Acoustic (consignment) NO LONGER AVAILABLE

This 1989 David Wren Cutaway Acoustic is in great visual and playing condition, with a lovely peacock inlay on the headstock.

1963 Epiphone FT-79 Texan SOLD

Epiphone flat-tops date back to the 1940’s, and the FT-79 Texan first appeared in 1942. The last of the original (non-reissue) production was in 1970, when Gibson ownership changed hands to Norlin.

1969 Harmony H54-1 Rocket SOLD

The Harmony company made a huge number of instruments between 1945 and 1978, under their own name and under contract to other distributors and retailers. At one time, if you went anywhere in North America, somebody had a Harmony-produced instrument.

1990 David Wren Concert Cutaway Left Handed SOLD

1990 David Wren Concert Cutaway Left Handed

2013 Deering Vega Little Wonder Banjo SOLD

The Vega Little Wonder is intended to be a quality instrument at a reasonable price – so it uses quality woods (maple and ebony) and good hardware but doesn’t have a lot of decoration.

Almansa 447 Cypress Flamenco Guitar (consignment) SOLD

Spain has a long and rich history, and music is no small part of it. Flamenco comes to us from the Andalusian region, consisting of simultaneous song, dance and guitar. It carries many influences of Spain’s folk history – Gypsy, Moorish, Jewish and Andalusian.

2011 Martin Custom Shop D18-12 Ditson SOLD DISCONTINUED

This 2011 Martin Custom Shop D18-12 Ditson is in perfect, brand new condition with full warranty – the legendary Martin ‘lifetime’ warranty is available to the original purchaser only. Martin built a total of 75 of these instruments, and based them on a 1929 Ditson model 111 that resides in the Martin Museum.

Refinished 1966 Fender Telecaster (consignment) NO LONGER AVAILABLE

Leo Fender’s Telecaster has been an enduring aspect of popular music for over sixty years. In that time, many Telecasters have been built and many have been modified – part of the genius of the design is its adaptability and customizability.

2009 Galloup Hybrid Acoustic (consignment)

This 2009 Galloup Hybrid acoustic is a stunning instrument featuring top quality woods, very clean construction and great tone. It also uses the patented Feiten tuning system, a combination of nut compensation, saddle placement, and tuning offsets designed to bring as many notes into tune with each other as possible.

1946 Martin D-28 (consignment) NO LONGER AVAILABLE

Here is a rare, old classic – a 1946 Martin D-28.

Fender Deluxe Reverb 80’s (Consignment) SOLD

Here is a Fender Deluxe Reverb from the 80’s in great overall condition!

Fender Twin Reverb 1976 (Consignment) SOLD

This silver panel Fender Twin Reverb from 1976 is in excellent overall shape and pumps out 80 watts of tone through 2 12″ Oxford speakers!

Larrivee L-10 Jester SOLD

Today we are featuring a beautiful Larrivee L-10 with a Jester headstock inlay.

1967 Gibson Mastertone TB-250 Tenor Banjo (consignment)

This fine example of a 1967 Gibson Mastertone TB-250 Tenor Banjo is in great condition, with no significant wear — especially given its age.

1979 Oskar Graf Classical (consignment) SOLD

Here we have another fine instrument from the Clarendon, Ontario shop of Oskar Graf.

This 1979 Oskar Graf classical has all the standard features – Indian rosewood and figured spruce top with 7-bar fan bracing, mahogany neck and ebony fingerboard.

G.W. Barry 000 Plus in Brazilian Rosewood and Adirondack Spruce SOLD

Here is the new G.W. Barry 000 Plus in Brazilian rosewood and Adirondack spruce!

Tungsten Crema Wheat Amp (Consignment) No Longer Available

This Tungsten amp is the size of a Fender Pro and features a Mather cabinet, a Scumback M75 12″ speaker and cool looking tweed tolex.

1969 Fender Telecaster with Bigsby (consignment) SOLD

The Telecaster is not only the first succesful (wildly!) solidbody electric guitar, but it’s also been in uninterrupted production the longest.

There have been some variations over the years, and this 1969 Fender Telecaster with Bigsby is a prime example. The Bigsby unit itself is the oldest successful vibrato unit made, and as we can see here it’s been available in a branded form to manufacturers. This unit has the ‘F’ logo on the body casting. To go with this, the body does not have the string ferrules on the back; there is a custom pickup plate and a Jazzmaster-style bridge is used. This one even has the original bridge cover!

1978 Les Paul Deluxe Sunburst (consignment) SOLD

The Les Paul is one of the classic workhorses of modern popular music. Produced since 1952 in a number of variations, it appears on all kinds of stages and recordings.

Mesa Boogie Mark 1 mid 70’s (Consignment) SOLD

The Mesa Boogie Mark 1 was one of the first amps to provide many features now standard on most modern amps!

Komet Constellation 30 (Consignment) SOLD

The Komet Constellation 30 amp is a beautiful wood panelled 30 watt amp powered by 4 EL84 tubes.

Traynor YCV 50 2008 (Consignment) SOLD

Here is a Traynor YCV 50 watt tube amp for an awesome price!

Ampeg J12 Jet 1959 (Consignment) No Longer Available

Here is a sweet little 20 watt Ampeg J12 Jet from 1959!

2013 DK Guitars Forte SOLD

Dmitri Kulakov builds very innovative instruments in his shop in Ottawa, Ontario. We’ve seen his ‘Picasso’ model previously, and here is his ‘Forte’ model.

1953 Gibson J-50 (consignment) No Longer Available

This 1953 Gibson J-50 demonstrates why Gibson flat-tops are so desirable. It has obviously been used as the makers intended, and has had the service that any 60-year old might need. And the sound is incredible! Full, bright, LOUD, crisp and even, this guitar has exceptional tone and would be a very positive addition to any trac

2007 Gibson CJ-165 (consignment) No Longer Available

Gibson’s Jumbo guitars – the J-200, J-185 – have been popular since the J-200 was introduced in the 1938. There have been many variations, and between 2006 and 2008 the CJ-165 was built at the Gibson plant in Bozeman, Montana, under the watchful supervision of Ren Ferguson.

Fender Twin 1961 (Consignment) SOLD

Here is a Fender Twin 1961 with tons of tone and volume!

Hughes and Kettner Statesman 60 2008 (Consignment) SOLD

This Hughes and Kettner Statesman 60 watt combo amp is in excellent condition and offers a great value for the price!

1995 Lowden O10 Custom SOLD

George Lowden has been building guitars since the early 1970’s in Northern Ireland. He’s known for producing quality instruments with innovative body and bracing designs.

2010 Wren Concert (consignment) No Longer Available

David Wren has been one of Canada’s premiere builders for decades, along with stints doing repairs at The Millwheel in downtown Toronto and being part owner of The Twelfth Fret.

This 2010 Wren Concert is in excellent condition and is a fine example of David’s work.

Fender Princeton 1959 (Consignment) SOLD

This tweed Fender Princeton from 1959 is a sweet sounding 12 watt amp with the original 8″ speaker. This is a killer amp for recording or small gigs!

Fender Custom Vibrolux Reverb 2009 (Consignment) SOLD

Here is a Fender Custom Vibrolux Reverb from 2009 which is in very clean shape.

Magnatone Estey M15 1965 (Consignment) SOLD

This mid 60’s Magnatone Estey M15 stereo amp is in good overall condition and features reverb and great vibrato effects!

Ramirez SPR Classical Guitar Spruce and Cedar

The Ramirez SPR classical guitar is the newest version of the hand made, maestro-built “SP” model. The model designation SP stands for Semi-Professional model and we find it to be effectively very much in the league of the Professional 1a models we carry, but at roughly half the price.

1838 Louis Panormo Guitar SOLD

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 guitars from 1822 to around 1855 when his nephew took over the business. This 1838 Louis Panormo Guitar is an excellent example of the work of the era.

This particular 1838 Louis Panormo guitar was Panormo’s top regular model, with brazilian rosewood back and sides and a mother of pearl rosette. It was made in the Spanish style with seven fan braces (yes before Torres).

2001 Martin D-35 SOLD

Rarely do we see a 12 year old Martin that has been so well cared for.

This 2001 Martin D-35 was custom ordered through the Twelfth Fret for a client who wanted the neck contour that he grew up playing as a kid; the soft V profile of the late 1960s.

2006 Gretsch G6199 Billy-Bo Jupiter Thunderbird (consignment) NO LONGER AVAILABLE

The original Jupiter Thunderbird was designed by and built for Bo Diddley in 1959, by a Gretch employee using Gretsch necks and hardware. Bo’s concern was that the larger electric he was using – an L-5! – was so big that it hindered his energetic performance.

G.W. Barry Modified Concert with Royal Macassar Ebony SOLD

The G.W. Barry Modified Concert with Royal Macassar Ebony is the latest stunning offering from G.W. Barry.

1995 Gibson Les Paul Standard (consignment) No Longer Available

The Gibson Les Paul is one of the workhorses of the guitar universe. It fits in any musical context that accepts amplified instruments, so you can see or hear a Les Paul on a huge variety of of stages or recordings.

DG Funk Farm Amplifier

DG Funk Farm Amplifier

2011 Deering Sierra 17-Fret Tenor Banjo SOLD

The banjo has been enjoying a remarkable renaissance. Once a presence on nearly every stage, the banjo was eclipsed by the amplified guitar for many decades. Now, however, more and more people are discovering how great a banjo can sound, and how good and varied banjo music really is.

2010 Gibson Les Paul 60s Tribute Gold Top (consignment) SOLD

The Les Paul was one of the very first successful and widely accepted solidbody electric guitars – Leo Fender’s Telecaster being the other.

Produced for over 60 years with a number of variations, the Les Paul has been used in pretty much every style of music that allows for amplified instruments.

1999 Gretsch G6122-62 Country Classic II (consignment) No Longer Available

From the 1950’s, The Gretsch company had a long association with Chet Atkins, and a number of models bore his name and the ‘Country Gentleman’ label. Later, the artist endorsement moved to Gibson, and Gretsch no longer had the rights to either the name or the label.

1968 Gibson ES-345 TDC Stereo (consignment) SOLD

The ES-345 model with stereo and varitone was next to top of the line for Gibson thinlines – the next step was the ES-355, with the same general features but an ebony fingerboard, block position markers, more binding, and often a Bigsby or Maestro Vibrola.

1967 Hagstrom H8 8-String Bass NO LONGER AVAILABLE

This 1967 Hagstrom H8 8-String Bass is a good example of what the company was producing at the time. The angular and somewhat asymmetrical shape are clearly influenced by American instruments, including the Gibson SG and Fender Stratocaster

William Laskin Art Deco Steel String Video

Here is the William Laskin Art Deco Steel String guitar played by David Martin, one of the teachers at The Twelfth Fret School of Music.

1960 Sunburst Fender Stratocaster (consignment) SOLD

Here’s the real deal – a 1960 Sunburst Fender Stratocaster. The Stratocaster was introduced in 1954, and late in 1959 (for the 1960 model year) the first major revision appeared: the introduction of the rosewood fingerboard, multi-layer pickguards, and a 3-tone sunburst.

2007 Larrivee OM-3 R SH Twelfth Fret Custom (consignment) SOLD

Larrivee is one of the oldest and largest established guitar builders in Canada, and has long had a close relationship with The Twelfth Fret and we have regularly commissioned runs of custom guitars.

2012 Bourgeois OM Signature (consignment) SOLD

Dana Bourgeois builds some of the finest acoustic guitars available today. As is the case for many of a certain age, his interest in guitars was sparked by specific 1964 episodes of the Ed Sullivan show – the ones that introduced The Beatles to the United States.

2008 Larrivee RS4 Amber (consignment) SOLD

Jean Larrivee is very well known for producing not only many top-quality acoustic instruments, but also for training many top-quality luthiers. Grit Laskin, Dave Wren, Gord Berry, Serge de Jonge – all worked in the Larrivee shops.

Tony Bruno Underground 30 Amp With Cabinet (consignment) SOLD

Bruno amps were custom built and individually voiced for the customer. Tony Bruno no longer builds, due to health issues; a very few ‘new’ amps are available from the major Bruno distributors, but generally all available Bruno amps are pre-owned. They are not common.

2006 Peavey HP Special (consignment) SOLD

Enter the Peavey HP Special (HP standing for Hartley Peavey). It’s based on the Wolfgang but with options like a lockable floating trem and somewhat different body and head shapes. They were built in the same plant, on the same machinery, and at first by the same people.

1986 Fender 1957 Reissue Stratocaster (consignment) SOLD

This 1986 Fender 1957 Reissue Stratocaster is an exceptionally clean example of the 1980’s ‘V’. series. It’s a reproduction of the 1957 model line, with deeper contours, a distinctive two-tone sunburst and a somewhat lighter body;

1960 Gibson ES-330T Thinline Archtop Guitar (consignment) SOLD

This 1960 Gibson ES-330T Thinline Archtop Guitar is in excellent all-original condition, with no real marks or wear. As t the