1972 Tony Zemaitis ” Superior” 12 String
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1972 Tony Zemaitis 12 String
Tony Zemaitis the British luthier became a legend in his own lifetime. The favoured guitar maker for such stars as Ronnie Wood, George Harrison, Eric Clapton… the list goes on. He pioneered hand-crafted guitars – producing beautifully decorated acoustics with phenomenal sustain and tone; stunning electrics with engraved metal or intricate pearl inlayed fronts; and all were such great guitars to play! These instruments are truly “Art with Strings”.
Zemaitis Guitars have attracted more famous players than any other UK maker. With most of the UK guitar industry established in a tradition of ‘small makers’, rarely having an impact internationally, Tony Zemaitis was the one to buck the trend – amazingly he achieved all this while working alone, producing only a handful of hand-made guitars each year.
A very nice example of Tony’s work and the only 12 string we can find with a split headstock. Huge 18 5/8 ” bottom bout coupled with a moderate 3 3/4″ depth, makes this all mahogany 12 project with a strong voice with a nice balanced bottom end. 43mm at the nut with a comfortable slimish D neck profile. Maybe not the most ornate example out there, but has tasteful pearl diamond fret board markers along with a dot pattern sound hole rosette with his signature crescent moon bridge. We have just had a crack seamlessly repaired to its back and the neck reset to make this guitar ready for the next owner. Label signed by the man himself and dated 1972. No case.
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