The JF65-12 is a latter-era Westerly Guild version of the F412 model — what I consider of as the “most well-known” massive old maple Guild 12-string. This certain guitar is up to the task and sounds, effectively, just like a 70s F412, albeit possibly a bit much more steady in service as it hasn’t had require of a neck reset as far as I know. The flamed maple on the back, sides, and neck appears excellent and the spruce top has remained crack totally free. The “E” designation, I am assuming, relates to the onboard electronics.
I worked on this for a customer and it received a bunch of consideration. It got a bridge reglue and slight modification to the bridge, a new compensated bone saddle, fret level/dress, replacement binding for a lot more than half of the headstock’s outline, a replacement pearl inlay (1st fret position — 1 of the pearl slabs was missing), and a excellent setup. The owner runs the guitar tuned down a step, too, so I boosted a few of the gauges up from a common 46w-ten “12 string light” set — but not by significantly.
The headstock has 12 individual sealed mini tuners. The wound G-string tuner has a damaged threaded ferrule but it nevertheless functions. Note the lighter cream binding — this is my replacement stuff. The job wasn’t perfect but it turned out better than I anticipated. I had to make the new binding from 3 layers to replicate the appear, much more or significantly less, of the original stuff.
The simple portion, of course, was this straight section.
The challenging portion was the “cloud” headstock top — which I didn’t nail — particularly contemplating that my produced-up layers have been different plastics that wanted to fight 1 one more a bit when gluing down. The original material seems to have been molded as one particular strip to begin with. Did I ever mention that trying to match binding drives me nuts?
It’s a workmanly job that suits the workmanly abuse the guitar has had (see the cigarette burn?).
The abalone darts subsequent to the large blocks of white pearl has often been a great appear, I consider.
The original bridge was nevertheless in excellent shape after removing it from the guitar, but the guitar’s best itself was a bit curled-up under the bridge. It took some clever clamping to get it back down and flat efficiently.
I nonetheless have to make a second, taller saddle for the guitar, even though I am waiting overnight to see what deflection the top adds. I’ve added string ramps to help back-angle on the saddle from the farther-aft bridge pin holes and replaced a hodge-podge set of pins with new, ebony ones.
The neck maple on 80s Guilds is always very first-price. It really is beautiful stuff — and the double truss rods in this neck have kept it straight, straight, straight.