Review of Guild F-2512e 12-string

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I replaced the 14:1 tuners on my F2512 with these 18:1 versions, which match the original tuner footprints exactly -- you don't have to drill new screw holes.


The guitar was so cheap, it was easy for me to justify the cost of the upgrade, and well worth it IMO -- I very much prefer these to what comes on the guitar. (I do a lot of retuning!)
 

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I replaced the 14:1 tuners on my F2512 with these 18:1 versions, which match the original tuner footprints exactly -- you don't have to drill new screw holes.


The guitar was so cheap, it was easy for me to justify the cost of the upgrade, and well worth it IMO -- I very much prefer these to what comes on the guitar. (I do a lot of retuning!)
yes, i changed out to grover 18:1 102 vg,s
 
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Is the the AP1 mic that’s coming within any good? I also saw that they’re sold with Fishman Sonitone GT1 pickup system attached.
 

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I agree witth you about the F-2512 being a big bang for the buck! I bought one to add to my stable of Guild 12s (F-112, F-212, G-312, F- 412, Starfire IV-12) and have been very happy with the sound. The Maple back and sides give it a nice bright sound.
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I agree witth you about the F-2512 being a big bang for the buck! I bought one to add to my stable of Guild 12s (F-112, F-212, G-312, F- 412, Starfire IV-12) and have been very happy with the sound. The Maple back and sides give it a nice bright sound.
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Looks like the attack of the mops in Fantasia!

I'm with you 100% on the F2512. Like you, I have a bunch of Guild 12-strings -- Hoboken, Westerly and New Hartford. IMO this holds its own with Guild's classic 12s in terms of sound (and sounds better IMO than my New Hartford), AND it has a thinner profile neck than its Westerly and Hoboken grandparents.

You can find them new for $500.00 (+ or -) and as factory seconds (slightly damaged) for as little as $300.00. Can't beat that.

The only thing I'm not crazy about are the tuners. I replaced the stock versions with Grover 18:1 minis on mine. At that price, it was easy upgrade to justify.
 

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Looks like the attack of the mops in Fantasia!

I'm with you 100% on the F2512. Like you, I have a bunch of Guild 12-strings -- Hoboken, Westerly and New Hartford. IMO this holds its own with Guild's classic 12s in terms of sound (and sounds better IMO than my New Hartford), AND it has a thinner profile neck than its Westerly and Hoboken grandparents.

You can find them new for $500.00 (+ or -) and as factory seconds (slightly damaged) for as little as $300.00. Can't beat that.

The only thing I'm not crazy about are the tuners. I replaced the stock versions with Grover 18:1 minis on mine. At that price, it was easy upgrade to justify.
I’ve had no issues with the tuners on mine, but would certainly replace the originals if I did.
I also have a ‘70s Takamine F395MS (so-called “Lawsuit era”) that looks and sounds amazingly like the Guild F-512. Apparently only about 200 or so made it to the US. It’s part of a sub-collection of lawsuit era guitars I’ve picked up over the years…
 
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Yeah, nothing especially wrong with the tuners that come on the guitar, I just prefer a finer tuning ratio.

Funny -- I have that Takamine "lawsuit" Guild copy too! I got it for cheap in Seattle years ago because the back had a big hole in it. Rest of the guitar was in great shape. My luthier friend Federico Shephard replaced the whole back.
 

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Yeah, nothing especially wrong with the tuners that come on the guitar, I just prefer a finer tuning ratio.

Funny -- I have that Takamine "lawsuit" Guild copy too! I got it for cheap in Seattle years ago because the back had a big hole in it. Rest of the guitar was in great shape. My luthier friend Federico Shephard replaced the whole back.
I agree, I like 18-1 tuners, especially using a Peterson stroboclip tuner. I’ll often put on a set of Hipshot tuners so I don’t have to drill holes… they work great. And I can put back the originals without harm if I decide to sell…
 
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:eek:! my wife would divorce me if my guitar collection got that big lmao
 

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:eek:! my wife would divorce me if my guitar collection got that big lmao
yeah, i get that alot.. i dont have a wife. However i do have a live in woman friend of uhhh 30 years. My Guitar collection over the last decade or 2 has # 1 kept me out of the bars.# 2 , dont spend money on drugs.#3 provides me with enjoyment .# its actually a pretty decent investment.#5. The knowledge gained from learning to make my own repairs,and that includes neck resets,refinishing etc. cannot be priced. Plus, i help out with what i can to individuals that cant afford to send guitars out for repairs setups etc.
 

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Sadly, I’m a widower going on 10 years, but my wife actually encouraged me to buy guitars and bought me several over the years!
 
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