In later years I took to playing it with light gauge strings to help protect the fraying strings that operate my fingers and the sound did not diminish. Surprising - it still had the deep driving sound and didn't develop the lighter harpsichord tone that you often get with 12 string guitars on light strings.
In fact, with light gauge strings it's a much better accompaniment instrument for singing and it played better. The wood is gorgeous - You see very few guitars with a full reddish orange grain and color that this one has. Several guitar dealers and a luthier claimed that the back and sides are Brazilian rosewood, but using the serial number to ID it as a 1969 we found that Gibson didn't list Brazilian, but Indian rosewood as the wood used to build these instruments in 1969. I'm on the fence about it but my best guess is that with the type of chevrons on the headstock and the teardrop pickguard that it could be a Brazilian laminate back and sides with Sitka spruce top- or solid Brazilian but probably not Indian, at least not any Indian Rosewood I've ever seen.
The Heritage's certain to be solid Brazilian were said to have only the name Gibson inlaid into the headstock, and no other inlay ornamentation. But considering that I've played great sounding guitars made from carbon fiber and plastic, and Martins made of aluminum and linoleum I'm not sure it makes ay difference if playing is what you're about. And also, I personally love the idea of a guitar made of linoleum... A real winner during an economic downturn.
The binding is heavy, distinctive and in perfect condition, no cracking or chipping. So is the perfling down the back perfect. Otherwise it's completely original except for replacement of the rods and cap nuts on the tailpiece after the threads gave out on the original. I also have a new ebony saddle and a few others for the bridge that will be in the case along with a new set of strings (or 2 if I have them) and a new capo.
The top has some finish crazing, or checking, considered normal for vintage Gibsons. Just below the bridge running down the top toward the lower bought is a 3 inch check that could be a hairline crack.
After careful inspection with a mirror and bright lights I cant see any evidence of it under the top so seems unlikely that it is actual crack, but just a surface finish check. It does not go through the top and is far too thin to warrant a repair - its been there since further back than I can remember. Secondly there is a small crack from the base of the neck to the sound hole about 3/4 inch long. It goes under the sound hole perfling but the perfling itself is not split or cracked. I have seen that same short crack in numerous Gibson 12 strings but cant offer any reason for it other than 12 string stress.
There is a small chip out of the diamond shaped pearl on the headstock. The hard-shell case is the original.
Its been refurbished and has a replacement handle made from nylon webbing and the entire top and bottom has been inspected and sealed with epoxy and refinished. You can see where the work was done so it wont win the Miss Guitar Case pageant this year but its solid and should last... The case has 3 hinges on the back and one is broken... Otherwise, all the lock down clasps are fine. The Klusen Delux tuners are original, still tight and continue to do the job done, but with a little effort since the buttons are a tight fit to the headstock.Please message me for any additional information. The item "1969 GIBSON 12 STRING GUITAR HERITAGE ROSEOOD" is in sale since Monday, April 22, 2019.
This item is in the category "Musical Instruments & Gear\Guitars & Basses\Acoustic Guitars". The seller is "mojavejacks" and is located in Roswell, New Mexico. This item can be shipped to United States.