new old 60s left handed 12 string day!

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  1. itsGreg

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    Picked up an old Wilson sapphire 12 to satisfy my 12 string needs.
    The paint is very fragile but the rest of it's great!
     

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    Too cool! Are you a leftie?
     
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    Yeah, it's rare I see old left handed guitars so l couldn't resist.
     
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    Cool! I still think about the lefty Harmony Rocket I left sitting in the back of an old shop. It was covered in dust and I was too lazy to even plug it in! Have fun!
     
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    Holy moly how rare is that? They couldn't have made more than a few dozen of those (if that)
    Is that related to WEM/Watkins somehow or is it an MIJ copy of some sort? No mattercwhat, that's a cool guitar. How does it sound?

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    Wow, nice axe.
     
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    Yes, Wilson is watkins/Wem. They changed the guitar side of the business to Wilson in 68 and kept the Wem name for the amps etc. My best guess at the serial number puts it at a 69.
    I think it's pretty rare as apparently the right handed ones quite rare so don't think there can be many lefties.
    It sounds great, very ric sounding. When I got it the nut was shot so when I made the new one I brought the pairs closer together which has made it considerably easier to play, it was very cramped before.
     
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    Thanks.
     
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    looks like a burns style guitar, i dig it.....ever throw some dirt on that baby?
     
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    Yeah, looks like a Burns Double Six knockoff , how are the pickups on it?
     
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    Watkins/wem/Wilson guitars have a lot of similarities with burns. Pickups are good, bridge is incredibly twany/jangly and the neck to very mellow and smooth. Pots were cutting out and scratchy but after some servisol they're fine.
     
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    Super jealous! Seems like lefties like us never get cool guitars.
     
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    Thanks!
    Tell me about it, never mind not getting the full range of guitars we don't even get the full range of colours on the ones they will make!
     
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    Oh, I do hope that guitar plays and sounds as good as it looks! The not-quite-a-Strat body shape is gorgeous, and the pickguard design is sheer genius. I wanna hear it!

    Congratulations, BTW.
     
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    Thanks! It plays pretty good for a 60s 12 string.
     
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    Wow!! My guitar teacher had a righty one of these that I always loved. I never knew they made a lefty version! I guess I'll have to be keeping an eye out for one of these. Great find!
     
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    Thanks and welcome to the forum!
     
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