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Why you need a 12-fret acoustic guitar in your life!

Since the arrival of Martin's OM design in 1929 it's fair to say that acoustic guitarists have embraced the idea of a 14-fret neck, perhaps understandably viewing the traditional 12-fret design as limiting. However, from the sonic point of view there is no denying that 12-fret guitars can have very real sonic and ergonomic advantages over their elongated brethren.

In this video, we take a look at the reasons why you need a 12-fret guitar in your life! 

Although they have all sold, here are some of the guitars featured in that video:

Froggy Bottom H12 Limited Koa / Adirondack Spruce

Fairbanks F20 

Martin OO-37 K2SM

Froggy Bottom C Deluxe Guatemalan Rosewood / Adirondack Spruce


We have some wonderful 12-fret models in stock right now, including a pre-owned Vince Hockey 000 model previously owned by the late John Renbourn, a gorgeous Santa Cruz 000 model and a pre-owned Casimi C2 Signature:

Hockey 000 Acoustic Guitar - £2,650 (Pre-Owned)



A great sounding custom guitar by Vince Hockey of Southampton, UK! This guitar has been played in beautifully, and was once owned by the late John Renbourn.

  • Sound Board - Sitka Spruce
  • Back - Indian Rosewood
  • Sides - Indian Rosewood
  • Neck - Mahogany
  • Nut Width - 1.75"
  • Headstock Veneer - Ebony
  • Rosette - Circles
  • Scale length - 25.4"
  • Fretboard - Ebony
  • Nut - Bone
  • Saddle - Bone
  • Bridge - Ebony
  • Bindings - Ebony
  • Tuners - Gotoh
  • Case - Ameritage Custom


Santa Cruz 000 Acoustic Guitar - £8,250



A beautifully crafted OOO in high-grade Koa Back & Sides with a sunburst finish. Known for having a seductive open and airy ambiance, the OOO instrument is a perfect fit for the fingerstyle players out there.
  • OOO custom
  • Koa top, back and sides
  • Koa overlay
  • Purfle combo top border
  • Full body sunburst
  • Binding Ivoroid
  • Other 12 Fret
  • Rosette Ivoroid
  • Bracing/Voicing Scalloped
  • Neck Peghead Slotted
  • Peghead Binding Ivoroid
  • Overlay Material Ebony
  • Headstock Inlay SCGC Mini
  • Width at Nut 1-3/4″
  • Neck Shape V (no volute)
  • Fingerboard Side Dots Black
  • Inlay Diamond & Squares Short Pattern
  • Width at 14th Fret 2-3/16
  • Binding Ivoroid
  • Scale Length 25.375
  • Back & Sides Clear/Buffed
  • Neck Clear/Matte
  • Setup Pickguard Tortoise
  • Tuners/gears Nickel Waverlys w/ Ivoroid Buttons


    Casimi C2 Signature Acoustic Guitar - £18,250 (Pre-Owned)



    This absolutely phenomenal Casimi C2 Signature is an old friend returning to The North American Guitar showroom on consignment.

    Originally sold back in 2014 this guitar was one of the first C2 Signatures from Casimi to hit the UK market, but now it has had a few upgrades! The current owner of this outstanding guitar has spent an additional £5,000 on having the guitar fully refurbished with a new Moon Spruce Top, New neck, wider nut width, some new inlay and fully buffed and polished back and sides. This is one not to be missed!

    • Sound Board – Moon Spruce
    • Back - ABW
    • Sides - ABW 
    • Florentine Cutaway
    • Rib & Arm Bevels 
    • Neck - Honduras Mahogany
    • Nut Width - 48mm
    • Headstock Casimi Signature Hollow 
    • Headstock veneer - ABW with Flame Maple insert
    • Rosette - Casimi Signature rosette with Adinkra symbol inlays in Hawaiian black lipped pearl
    • Scale length -  ( 25.5”)
    • Fretboard - Ebony
    • Nut - black Tusq
    • Saddle - black Tusq
    • Bridge - Casimi Singature Hollow port in ABW
    • Sound port 
    • Bindings - ABW
    • Tuners - Gotoh 510
    • Logo - Hawaiian black lipped pearl 
    • Back strip detail in Hawaiian black lipped pearl


    For more information about any of these guitars or to book an appointment to visit our showroom, please do get in touch by calling +44 (0) 207 835 5597 or by emailing us here

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