The F-412 Jumbo guitar”released in the late 1960s”was the first Guild jumbo 12-string and it turned out to be one of their most enduring and popular guitars. True to its vintage roots, the Guild F-412... Click To Read More About This Product
The F-412 Jumbo guitar”released in the late 1960s”was the first Guild jumbo 12-string and it turned out to be one of their most enduring and popular guitars. True to its vintage roots, the Guild F-412 Vintage Acoustic-Electric with D-TAR sound system has the same body dimensions as the original 12-string guitar”17" wide, 21" long, 4.8" deep.
The F-412 boasts a solid AAA Sitka spruce top, an arched figured maple back and solid figured maple sides. A bound ebony fingerboard with abalone and mother-of-pearl block inlays, G-shield headstock logo, gold hardware, a pure nitrocellulose lacquer finish and the D-TAR Wave-Length Load 'N Lock pickup system are just a few of the guitar's enhancements.
The quality and wide acceptance of Guild's jumbo 12-string guitars earned the company a permanent place in guitar history. Historians Tom and Mary Anne Evans wrote, "The basic virtue of Guild 12-strings is that they are very loud and (have) a clarity and definition of sound not normally associated with 12-string guitars."
One of the keys to that clarity and definition is solid construction. While the body size and scale length are the same as the 6-string jumbo guitars, Guild 12-strings are 1-13/16" wide at the nut with a time-tested 12-string jumbo bracing pattern.
The 12-string Guild F412 Vintage Jumbo is equipped with the Wave-Length pickup system that combines a thin, piezo under-saddle transducer with an 18v, low-noise, high-input impedance preamp, to deliver twice the dynamic range of typical 9v systems. The 18v preamp is powered by 2 AA batteries and a voltage converter. With 18 volts, the guitar signal has more headroom, so hard strumming won't distort as easily.
Two adjustable trim pots”one for low-frequency shelving and one for high-frequency shelving”allow you to fine tune and set-and-forget the bass and treble frequencies to optimize the Wave-Length for your guitar's size and shape. Wave-Length transparently amplifies the natural timbre of your Guild F-412 guitar with minimal coloration.
The soundhole-mounted Volume and Tone controls give the ultimate in final control for your tonal palette. But perhaps the coolest part of the system is D-TAR's new Load 'N Lock system, which guarantees quick and easy AA battery changes. Just unscrew the endpin collar, remove the old batteries, and pop in the new ones. A quarter turn of the collar is all you need to lock them securely in place.
Other luxurious appointments on the beautiful Guild 12-string F-412 include an ebony headcap with a pearl Guild logo, dovetail neck joint with slim heel, lightweight laminated birch tail-block, 30" radius top, red spruce scalloped bracing, bone bridge pins, white neck, headstock and body bindings with multi-laminate purfling, bone nut and saddle, natural mother-of-pearl and abalone block position inlays, a tortoise shell pickguard, dual-action truss rod, graphite reinforced neck, and an antique burst finish.