Available Now & Ready to go! - updated photos now added showing the guitar following completed overhaul/upgrade works.
....other similar age/type Yamaha 12-strings available.......
JUST SOLD! - YAMAHA FG-512 WITH 1981 SERIAL NUMBER - VTG1433 - UPDATE: 19/11/2020 - This guitar now reserved for customer in South West of France.
YAMAHA FG-512 WITH 1980 SERIAL NUMBER - VTG1447 - See separate description page - Photos & details to be added.
Over the years I have sold many examples of the of the 1977 to 1981 produced FG Series Open or Slotted Headstock 12-strings, whether it be the FG-312, FG-412SB or FG-512....invariably have played beautifully & sound magnificent....the guitar equivalent of a full orchestra. They are all similar construction, except the FG-512 is Rosewood back & sides, rather than Mahogany, with
Stock Number: VTG1078.
The object here was to bring this example of the splendid late-'70s Yamaha open-headstock 12 strings back into use, restoring playability, and gig-ability, with fingerboard re-levelling & re-fret, bridge dress, and replacement of the old under-saddle, with a new Artec PP-607 Piezo, and Artec EPP-PLUS Acoustic Guitar Jack Preamp, which can also be used for a soundhole pickup......
.....I should add that the output from this endpin preamp is loud! you will need to turn your amp volume down or use a volume pedal, but no problem in making yourself heard!
As with all of the many variations of the FG-312, FG-412SB & FG-512, slot-headstock 12-string series, produced from 1977 to 1981, that I have had over the years, the 12-string chorused sound from this guitar is great, enhanced now by plug-in capacity.
Construction is traditional Spruce over Mahogany, with cream edged, multi-binding to the top & back, matching soundhole rings, and back & end centre stripes. Nice Rosewood fingerboard looks great following re-levelling & re-fret.
Some natural age/wear marking from normal use for a 42 year old guitar. The guitar wears it's age and commensurate age-related wear very well. You know what they say, that it is always the good guitars that get picked up & played! On that basis this is a good 'un! Hence play wear to the top around the scratchplate, looks natural for a guitar of it's years, but the fingerboard & re-fretting work, and pickup replacements have rejuvenated it from the player's point of view.
Old, worn frets have been removed, and the very nice Rosewood fingerboard has been re-levelled, removing wear patches between first 3 frets, and improving fingerboard alignment, whilst preserving the gentle 16" radius on the fingerboard. Fingerboard has been completely re-fretted...new frets have been stoned/levelled, re-profiled & polished. Meantime the, again very nice, Rosewood Bridge, has been dressed, to slightly improve string break angle over the saddle, prior to re-stringing & set-up.
The guitar had an old under-saddle piezo pickup and end jack, with added separate strap button at the rear....in addition to fitting the new under-saddle pickup and endpin jack preamp, I have removed the rather untidily fitted additional strap button and tidied up as far as is possible. Battery holder for the preamp is attached to the neck block, as per photo. Otherwise, all-original, with tuning machines intact, but with one previously replaced key button....perfectly operational, so I did not see any point in trying to alter it.
Aiming for a good 12-string action around 3mm. @ 12th. fret....actual setting is already approx. at that, but having just fitted new strings, I will let it settle, before final set-up adjustment, and then confirm.
New strings are Ernie Ball Earthwood Medium 11-52 gauge..........
......tuned down two steps to "D" (capo at 2nd. fret for "E")....if you wish to fit heavier set, would only be suitable for further lowered tunings. If you wish to tune to concert pitch "E" standard tuning, you will need to replace with extra-light 10-46 gauge set.
There is no case with the guitar, but I may be able to offer a choice of gig bag or hard case options....including possibly a Hiscox Liteflite case at modest additional cost.