The first thing most people notice about the Giannini Craviola AWS12 12-string is the unusual body shape, but it's not just the look of the Craviola that's unusual... The tone is wholly different than any other 12-string you've ever heard. Originally designed to sound like a cross between a harpsichord and a viola caipira, which is a 10-string folk guitar used in Spanish American music.
This 12-string version, with Brazilian Rosewood back and sides and \"mustache\" bridge is an even more sought-after version of this rare breed. Brazilian Rosewood is known for being one of the best tonewoods of all time, which led to it becoming a protected rare hardwood for newer guitars.
Check out the photos we found with Led Zeppelin's Robert Plant playing a very similar model backstage around 1973.
Good Condition: There is a finish crack on the seam of the neck that does not need attention, the instrument plays well and sounds amazing. The pickguard has been re-glued. Everything on this instrument is orignial to the guitar. No major dings, cracks, or damage aside from the above mentioned.
CTGull, true. For me though, this is not a bit of a chip in the finish. The pics show the crack from 2 different angles. The crack goes all the way over top that radius. It may not be with the grain, but it definitely looks like a crack caused by stress. And we know there's a lot of stress on a 12 string.
When you look at both angled pics, it doesn't look like, to me anyways, that the crack stops right at or underneath the finish. As a matter of fact, I cannot see where the crack stops, depth wise that is.
So, just saying, even if they were asking just a few hundred bucks, I wouldn't touch it.
Chips don't bother me, but a crack of any type raises alarm bells for me big time.
===================================== One Alvarez in the hand is worth two Taylors and a Martin in the guitar store!
I agree that the crack does not appear to be just a finish crack, but being Brazilian rosewood makes this a very rare guitar and some folks would feel that it's worth having repaired. You don't often see guitars with Brazilian backs and sides for this price. Of course it is possible to build a poor sounding guitar from even the finest woods and I'm not very familiar with Gianini guitars.
-1962 Martin D-21 -1950 Gibson LG1 -1958 Goya M-26 -1974 Yamaha FG75 high strung -A number of banjos, mandolins, Autoharps, ukuleles, dulcimers, mouth harps, a Tele clone and various other stuff. -I own a fiddle, but only play it when Maggie and the cats are all out of the house.