This is a beauty! I don’t think it was barely played! 12 String Les Paul Traditional. This one weighs in at 10 lbs 1 oz. Not many were made. I have read a couple different stories. Either 225 or 300 total. 75 or 100 in Ebony. This one is in great shape. Was a closet queen and picked up from a collector’s estate. The case has the tolex peeled away, probably from something in the closet, but it is only the tolex and not the case itself. The case is structurally great and the inside is like new. Some people like relic guitars. Consider this a relic case. It plays like a dream, but as much as I tried to be, I am not a 12 string player.
Here is the description and specs page from the Gibson web site in 2012:
Gibson has a long and glorious history of crafting top-notch electric 12-string guitars. Now Gibson USA merges its 12-string expertise with a legendary electric for what might be the most powerful-sounding and best-playing rendition of the breed ever created: The Les Paul Traditional 12-String. The guitar is equipped with all the hallmarks of the popular Les Paul Traditional, including its legendary tonewoods, groundbreaking hardware complement and sensational humbucking pickups, with minor alterations to make it a solid and smooth-playing 12-string electric. To top it all off, the Les Paul Traditional 12-String is available in your choice of the three most popular Les Paul finishes—Heritage Cherry Sunburst, Goldtop and Ebony Black—all in high-gloss nitrocellulose lacquer, and complemented with traditional vintage-cream binding and pickguard and gold speed knobs.
Like all of the finest Les Paul’s’, the Les Paul Traditional 12-String starts with a body made from choice mahogany, weight relieved for your comfort, and capped with a carved maple top (Grade-A maple used beneath the Heritage Cherry Sunburst finish). This combination offers a time-tested marriage of tonewoods that combines the best elements of mahogany’s depth and richness and maple’s clarity and definition. To this foundation, Gibson USA adds a glued-in Grade-A maple neck for the extra stability demanded by the string tension of this 12-string model. The neck is carved to a fast, comfortable ’60s profile that measures .800″ deep at the 1st fret and .875″ at the 12th, and is topped with a Grade-A rosewood fingerboard with 22 medium-jumbo frets and traditional acrylic trapezoid inlays. In order to accommodate six extra strings without cramping your playing style, Gibson USA ekes out a little extra real estate on the ‘board by extending the width of the PLEK-cut Corian™ nut to 1.750″. The extended headstock remains true to Les Paul style, with a mother-of-pearl Gibson inlay and gold “Les Paul Model” silkscreen, a truss-rod cover engraved with “Traditional,” and 12 high-quality Mini Grover tuners.
The pickups are the final key factor in blasting the Les Paul Traditional 12-String through sonic territory into which 12-string electric guitars rarely venture. A ’57 Classic in the neck position and a ’57 Classic Plus in the bridge provide singing chime, sweet in-between tones, or brilliant leads at the flick of a three-way switch, providing more guts and glory than you’ve ever heard in a 12-string before. Both pickups are made in the style of Gibson’s legendary PAF humbuckers, with Alnico 2 magnets and 42 AWG wire, with extra turns in the bridge pickup’s coils for added grind and gusto. An iconic Tune-o-matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece, both modified for the 12-string, provide firm anchors for excellent resonance and sustain, and easy intonation adjustment. All in all, it’s a classic “Traditional” electric 12-string, and one of the most powerful and versatile 12s ever produced.