RESTORATION SALE - OVERHAUL COMPLETED - ACOUSTIC VINTAGE 12-STRING - YAMAHA FG-512 SPRUCE & ROSEWOOD 1981 OPEN-HEADSTOCK TOP-OF-LINE GUITAR - VTG1433 - NOW SOLD!
Really Excellent, Original Condition, Overhaul & Set-up completed in the workshop, Replacement Graph Tech Tusq nut fitted, plus Ernie Ball Earthwood 2012 Medium 11-52 Gauge strings.
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Newly Available! - Photos of the guitar, after overhaul completed.

Update - 18/11/2020 - Now Reserved for a buyer in the South West of France!......and now Sold and on it's way!
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I have a couple of other similar Yamaha 12-string acoustics, similarly available for pre-order & overhaul....see details of another FG-512 & FG-312.

Another one I could happily hang onto myself....I think it looks stunning! Perhaps that is why I have been rather slow in getting around to completing the overhaul/re-string I have now completed in the workshop!
Description
Stock Number: VTG1433.

The FG-512 is the upper end model of the range of slotted headstock 12-string models produced by Yamaha between 1977 & 1981, with Spruce top, Rosewood back & sides, and smart detailing, including Cream-edged & black top & back edge multi-binding, matching soundhole rings, decorated back centre & end stripes, bound fingerboard & headstock, Diamond-shaped fingerboard inlays, dark tortoiseshell scratchplate with the standard larger-size Yamaha body shape, just over 16"/41cm. max. width.

Most of the digits of the Serial Number are fully clear to read, and although Yamaha Taiwan factory serial numbers run on a 10-year cycle, starting with a single year digit, in this case a "1", coupled with the known production period of these guitars from 1977 to 1981, positively dates the guitar to 1981.

I have sold many of these Open-Headstock Yamaha 12-Strings from the period 1977 to 1981, FG-312, FG-412SB & as this one, the FG-512....all sounded great....in my view the best sounding "affordable 12-Strings available....this one right up there with the best!

Condition
Excellent condition for nearly 40 year old guitar. Very little normal play/use wear marking. Very little play wear to very nice Rosewood fingerboard & frets. Bridge previously dressed, and bridge pin holes ramped to improve string break angle over saddle. Previous replacement 3-piece bone saddle, with complex intonation.

Brief further overhaul work schedule completed here, has included:

Light stone, re-level, re-profile & polish frets & dress fret ends, clean/dress fingerboard, fit & adjust replacement Graph Tech Tusq nut check & adjust saddle, check & adjust truss rod, and complete set-up adjustments.
Action, strings & cases
Plays beautifully, with and very comfortable "C" profile neck, standard width 12-String fingerboard, 48mm. at the nut, and 12" radius. Action is set where I wanted to have it at 2.5mm to 3mm. at the 12th. fret.

New set of Ernie Ball Earthwood 2012 Medium 11-52 Gauge strings fitted......tuned down two steps to "D" (capo at 2nd. fret for "E")....if you wish to fit heavier set, would only be suitable for lowered tunings. 

Original hard case included.....well worn, but serviceable.

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Spoilt for choice! There are many and various YouTube demo clips of vintage Yamaha FG-512s......I have embedded one entitled "1981 Yamaha FG512 12 strings guitar demo" by Marco Silva....hitting the spot twice....the same year FG-512, and a good rendition of a number by a favourite player of mine, Dan Tyminski!

For variation the first Additional link is a bottleneck demo I hadn't spotted before, entitled "Walking Blues - Yamaha Fg512 (12 strings) test" by Max Hanzo Ueda, and then second Additional link is "Guitarra Acustica 12 cuerdas Yamaha Fg512 Vintage" by de1955.

However, you should not miss a further clip...."YAMAHA FG-512 1979 Kaohsiung Taiwan 12 strings Soundcheck" by Tamás Pógyor .....https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W5yDuBY8M8M
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Useful links
Walking Blues - Yamaha Fg512 (12 strings) test by Max Hanzo Ueda
Guitarra Acustica 12 cuerdas Yamaha Fg512 Vintage by de1955
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