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Dates of manufacture:
Gibson introduced the B-45-12 model in 1961. This 12-string was both the first B-45 model guitar available and the first B series model. The Gibson B-45-12 had a mahogany body and neck, spruce top, rosewood fingerboard, and a cherry sunburst finish (or natural finish from 1963 onwards), and was made with "round" shoulders for the 1961 – 1962 model year and "square" shoulders until it was discontinued in 1979. Famous B-45-12 players include Gordon Lightfoot and Leo Kottke.
The 1961 Gibson catalog describes the B-45-12 as follows:
"B-45-12 TWELVE STRING Twelve strings with their special tuning and reinforced tone provide a unique guitar sound favored by folk singers, effective in combos and solo. The first three double strings are tuned in unison: the last three in octaves. A traditional jumbo size instrument with ﬁne resonance and response . . traditional Gibson tone, quality, and beautiful cherry sunburst finish.
Features: Selected spruce top. Honduras mahogany back and rim with attractive ivoroid binding and purfling. Twelve-string, fast, low-action neck, one-piece mahogany with adjustable truss rod. Rosewood ﬁngerboard with pearl dot inlays. Special adjustable twelve-string bridge. Tortoiseshell finger rest. Nickel-plated enclosed machine heads. Attractive jumbo size and shape peghead. 16.25" wide. 21.25" long. 4.9" deep 24.75" scale. 20 frets. B-45-12 Cherry sunburst finish $239"
Gibson reissued the B-45-12 from 1991 to 1992 with rosewood sides and back.
|Body back material||mahogany body back|
|Body sides material||mahogany body sides|
|Body style||dreadnought-size body|
|Body top material||spruce body top|
|Pickguard material||tortoiseshell pickguard|
|Body fret||Neck joins body at 14th fret|
|Neck joint||set neck|
|Number of frets||20 fret|
|Peghead (headstock)||black face headstock|
|Tuner layout||six-per-side tuners|
|Bridge||rectangular bridge, reverse belly bridge, rosewood bridge, strings-through bridge|
|Fingerboard inlay material||pearl fingerboard inlay material|
|Fingerboard material||rosewood fingerboard|
|Fingerboard position markers||dot fingerboard position markers|
|Finish colors||natural finish, red finish, tobacco finish|
|Finish effects||sunburst finish|
|Number of strings||12 strings|
|Scale length||24.75 inches scale-length|
|1961||$239||new||guitar-list||catalog list price|
|1974||$295||good||Jack Ver Merris||This 1973 Gibson model B45-12 had been dropped to the floor, in June of '74 it was still on display, it had a tiny crack at the back of the neck mount to body, sounded a little "buzzy", and was for sale at discount at the "Honolulu Conservatory of Music" store, on South Division Ave, Grand Rapids, Michigan. I improved the sound with the lightest action strings i could find, and many years later in the mid 90's I had the neck damage repaired in Holland Michigan by Del's Music Center. btw- That very oddly named and misplaced, tiny little "Hawaiian" store was located just north of the railroad over-pass near the "south beltline" (28th Street), but was a popular guitar sales dealer for the nearby Kalamazoo Gibson Guitar manufacture location; i knew of it because my brother had taken guitar lessons there many years before, (He never did continue to play his lessons, and i was self-taught).|