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Giffin 12-strings

 

 

 

   
   This guitar was really a labour of love on my part!  Having been a 12-string freak since "Walk right in" by The Rooftop Singers in the early '60s and the wonderful sound of The Byrds   - I knew that I had to make the "ultimate electric 12 string."  It had to have a neck that you could actually play on!.  It had to have a big, ringing, jangly sound - which meant a  hollow body.   A hollow body, though, usually meant unwanted feedback, so I designed my uncoupled, isolated bridge mount, which effectively cut out almost all unwanted feedback while retaining the full hollow body sound.  The neck is not too big, not too thin, the string spacing is accurate and comfortable.  People who try my 12-strings almost without fail will comment on how easy they are to play  - "it feels like playing a 6-string!!"

Below are a few examples of my 12-strings.  These pictures show just a few of the wood and hadware options available
 

 

    
          12-string HB, Curly Redwood top

Specifications:
Body:  Honduras Mahogany 
Top:  Curly Redwood
Neck:  Hond. Mahogany with Maple laminates
Fingerboard:  Rosewood
Scale length:  24 3/4 inches
Inlay:  Standard Pearl lines
Head Veneer:  Rosewood
Hardware: Gold
Bridge:  ABM string-thru system
Tuners:  Gotoh Minis
Pickups:  Razor Stacked Humbucking Strat
Finish:  Orange washed front, clear gloss back

12-string HB, Curly Redwood top - front12-string HB, Curly Redwood top - back12-string HB, Curly Redwood top - body view112-string HB, Curly Redwood top - body view212-string HB, Curly Redwood top - body view4



12-string HB, Curly RW top


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            Standard 12-string, "Washed Denim"

Specifications:
Body:  Swamp Ash 
Top:  Flamed Maple
Neck:  Three-piece Curly Maple
Fingerboard:  Ebony
Scale length:  24 3/4 inches
Inlay:  Standard Pearl lines
Head Veneer:  Ebony
Hardware: Gold
Bridge:  ABM string-thru system
Tuners:  Gotoh Minis
Pickups:  Seymour Duncan Antiquity Strat
Finish:  "Washed Denim"

Standard 12-string, Washed Denim finish - frontStandard 12-string, Washed Denim finish - frontStand 12-string, Washed Denim finish - body view1Stand 12-string, Washed Denim finish - body view3Stand 12-string, Washed Denim finish - head



Standard 12-string, Washed Denim finish


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             12-string HB, Bird's Eye Maple top

Specifications:
Body:  Honduras Mahogany 
Top:  Bird's Eye Maple
Neck:  Hond. Mahogany with Maple laminates
Fingerboard:  Rosewood
Scale length:  24 3/4 inches
Inlay:  Standard Pearl lines
Head Veneer:  Rosewood
Hardware: Nickel
Bridge:  ABM string-thru system
Tuners:  Gotoh Minis
Pickups:  WSC Alnico5 Strat
Finish:  Lemon Drop

12-string HB, Bird's Eye Maple top - front12-string HB, Bird's Eye Maple - back12-string HB, Bird's Eye Maple top - body view112-string HB, Bird's Eye Maple top - body view212-string HB, Bird's Eye Maple top -  body view4



12-string HB, Bird's Eye top


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12-string Semi-Acoustic, Rich Amber burst
 
12-string Solid body, White Pearl finish
 
 
12-string, Semi-Acoustic, Rich Amber burst

 
12-string Solid body, White Pearl finish

 

 
12-string Hollow body, Autumn Glo finish
 
12-string Hollow body, Trans Vintage Yellow
 
 
12-string Hollow body, Autumn Glo finish

 
12-string Hollow body, Trans Vintage Yellow

 

 
12-string Hollow body, Koa top with oil finish

 
12-string Solid body, Midnight Blue burst

 
  12-string Hollow body, Koa top with oil finish

  12-string Solid body, Midnight Blue burst

 

 

Giffin 12-string Hollow body - Walnut

  This guitar has my  anti feedback bridge system with a separate flush-mounted key hole tail piece, unlike the other hollow body 12s which have the bridge and string holder all in one unit.
 

REVIEW
"Guitar Shop" Jan '99


 
 
 
General specifications for most Standard 12-strings:
 
 

12-string solid-body - basic model price:  $4,500

12-string hollow-body - basic model price:  $4,850

(All instruments ordered directly from me are "custom orders" even if they fit within basic specs.)

Any custom guitar ordered using parts and materials from this light blue box section should fall within the basic model price (will not add to the price).  Any custom option from the dark blue box will add to the price by the amount shown.


Materials used on Standard 12-strings
(all basic models)
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Wood:
Body:  Honduras Mahogany, Swamp Ash
Neck:  Laminated Honduras Mahogany and  Maple
Body top:  S (standard)  Figured Maple.  (please check "The Wood Pile" for examples of available wood)
Fingerboards:  Rosewood or Ebony depending on availability

Hardware:
Tuners:  Grover or Gotoh mini tuners
Bridge:  ABM string-thru body 12-way bridge
Pickups:  Amalfitano or Wolfetone Strat pickups, Kent Armstrong mini humbuckers, Dimarzio Virtual Strat pickups
Guitar controls: 1-volume, 1-tone (CTS or DiMarzio pots), 3-position pickup selector (Switchcraft) or 5-position Strat-style selector

Neck dimensions:
Scale length:  24 3/4 inches
Width at nut:  1 3/4 inches, width at 22nd fret:  2 1/4 inches.
Neck thickness at first fret:  .775 inches to .850 inches.  Thickness at 12th fret:  .875 inches to .950 inches.
General neck shape is reminiscent of a 1961 Gibson SG (sometimes called a 'blade' neck).  
Neck/body joint:
  Neck joins body at 18th fret.  Heel is cut away to an unobtrusive but safe minimum.
Standard String gauges used:  .009/.009,  .012/.012,  .009/.017,  .013/.024,  .018/.034,  .024/.044
 

 

 


Additional options for Custom orders (Upgrades):


Body and neck wood:  White Limba (Korina)
- Add $250,  Black Limba - Add $150, Walnut - Add $75                 

Neck material:  5-ply Curly or Bird's Eye Maple - Add $100

Body top materials available:  UG (upgrade) - UG+ (upgrade plus), Maple - curly, quilt or Bird's eye, Redwood burl, Redwood curl,  Figured Walnut, Curly Bubinga, Curly Koa
- Add $125 - $450  (please check "The Wood Pile" for examples of available wood)

Optional Fingerboards:  please call for quote.

Optional fingerboard inlays:   Snowflakes or Mother-of-Pearl blocks - Add $100
Abalone Pearl binding: Guitar fully bound with multiple laminates and Abalone Pearl - Add $600

For Custom inlays - please call for quote.

Other scale lengths available:  None

For any other custom details - please call or write for quote

Hardware:  For hardware options other than standard, please call for quote.
 

 

 

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