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1967 Martin D12-20 Vintage 12 String Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar w/ Case


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Up for sale, a 1967 Martin D12-20 dreadnought acoustic guitar in excellent condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case.

With a solid Sitka spruce top paired with mahogany back and sides, this 12 string has incredible chime, with the power and articulation that comes with the dreadnought body shape. The sound is big and bold with smooth low end growl, and this vintage D12-20 sings with equal parts seasoned sweetness and cutting clarity. With an X-braced top and classic Martin tonewood combination, the D12-20 is akin to a 12 string version of a D-18, albeit with a wider nut for more navigable string spacing. Weighing 4lbs 5oz and freshly restrung with 10-47 bronze strings, the guitar has been professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with comfortable action.

The mahogany neck has a slender C profile carve with modest shoulder, measuring .835” deep at the 1st fret and .970” at the 9th. The Brazilian rosewood fretboard retains the original slender frets which are in remarkable shape, showing just a hint of wear beneath the plain strings on frets 1-3, fretting cleanly up the straight neck. The nut is a modern replacement measuring 1 7/8" in width. On the headstock, the Martin logo is nigh flawless on the Brazilian rosewood veneer, and the stock open-gear tuners hold pitch well and turn smoothly.

The original Brazilian rosewood bridge sits flush with the top on all edges, and there's virtually no deflection of the top behind the bridge. The saddle has modest height, yet there's no need for a neck reset, and the action is comfortable and easy-playing in every register. The top is accented by one of the last tortoise pickguards used by Martin in the '60s, made during a transitional period that saw tortoise guards paired with black boltaron body binding. The pickguard has also just been professionally reseated and is flush with the spruce. The top exhibits the requisite “B string crack” between the pickguard edge and bridge which has been stabilized. Cosmetic wear is limited to pick wear across the soundhole, buckle rash central to the back, a couple very faint repaired splits in the mahogany adjacent to the endpin, and a few additional ancillary nicks and finish scratches on the body as a whole, consistent with light, careful use.
The original black tolex hardshell case with green plush interior is included.