Up for sale, a 1987 Guild JF30-12 in near-mint condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case, case candy, and user manual. Produced at Guild's Westerly, RI factory, the JF30-12 was an immediate success upon its introduction in 1987. This first-year example delivers a bold, highly-detailed 12-string sound that cuts and chimes with the best, 100% original save for a new bone saddle.
Measuring a full 17" across the lower bout with a 4 5/8“ body depth, the trademark Guild arched back design allows the JF30-12 to produce extraordinary volume, and its characteristic articulation, clarity, and balance come courtesy of a tight grain Sitka spruce top and highly figured flame maple back and sides. Guild's smooth playability, exceptional build quality, and premium specifications have made their acoustics some of the most sought after on stages and in studios worldwide. This Guild weighs 6lbs 5oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with fresh bronze strings and easy-playing action.
The two-piece flame maple neck has a chunky C-shaped profile carve with particularly generous shoulders that easily fill the palm, measuring .920” deep at the 1st fret and .980” at the 12th. On the thick slab rosewood fingerboard, the slender fretwire is pristine, with well-rounded crowns. This guitar plays cleanly in all registers with a straight neck and a responsive, optimally-adjusted truss rod. The scale length measures 25 5/8“, and the nut is an easily-navigable 1 7/8“ in width. On the headstock, the Guild and Chesterfield inlays are present, and the gold Grover tuning machines turn smoothly and hold accurate pitch.
The rosewood bridge sits flush with the top on all edges, with sparingly little belly behind the bridge. A replacement hand-carved bone saddle has ample room for future adjustment. Visible through the soundhole, the original label is intact, with the handwritten serial number matching the one stamped into the back of the headstock. A new endpin has been installed, and a pickup with a 1/4" jack was previously fitted and subsequently removed. The tortoise pickguard sits flush with the top on all edges, exhibiting some requisite light scuffing along the strum path.
The gloss finish is framed by cream binding, highlighting prominent, three-dimensional curly flame figuring that extends across the maple back and sides. Cosmetic wear is limited to a small area of buckle worming central to the back and just a scant few tiny dings and faint scratches on the body as a whole. The smooth gloss on the neck profile is flawless, highlighting similarly intense and deep flame figuring.
The original Guild-branded handshell case is included, along with the original user manual, Guild cleaning cloth, and protective velvet cover. The case features functional latches, the stock handle, small raised Guild badge, and gold silkscreen Guild text on the case lid.