12 Fret 000


Preston Thompson 12 Fret 000 guitars are based on an exceptional 1929 000 owned by our late friend and mentor Charles Sawtelle. For years before the development of the dreadnought body style, the 12 fret 000 was the largest guitar available. To us, the 12 fret 000 is still one of the most beautiful and aesthetically pleasing guitars ever created. The tone and versatility is unequaled. You can throw all the guitar adjectives at this one: sweet, responsive, loud, woody, lively, etc., and you’d still come up short in the true talents this model processes.

A few of the design features that contribute to the guitar’s sound and playability is the 12 fret neck joint, placing the bridge more in the center of guitar’s lower bout for efficient use of the soundboard. The slotted peg head allows increased string ramp over the nut as the strings wind onto the tuner post centered in the headstock. Both ends of the tuner post are also embedded into the guitar headstock – hence no wasted energy.

This guitar is built with a standard long 25.4” scale length (short scale length can be requested) with red spruce tops as standard but other woods may be substituted if desired. Whether Mahogany, East Indian Rosewood, Honduran Rosewood or Brazilian Rosewood, Thompson 12 Fret 000 guitars are built with the finest woods, materials and craftsmanship to deliver the true vintage tone and playability.

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Tops

  • Adirondack Spruce
  • Sitka Spruce
  • Lutz Spruce
  • Engleman Spruce
  • European Spruce
  • Mahogany
  • Port Orford Cedar
  • Koa

Back and Sides

  • Shipwreck/Salvaged Brazilian
  • 5A Brazilian
  • Indian Rosewood
  • Panama Rosewood
  • Mahogany
  • Oregon Myrtlewood
  • Maple
  • Koa
  • Cuban Mahogany

Headstock

  • Solid (paddle)
  • Slotted (non 12 Fret)
  • Torch Inlay
  • Vega Style Inlay
  • Custom Inlays
  • Bound Headstock
  • Back Overlay

Neck Profiles

  • Nut: 1 11/16”, 1 23/32”, 1 ¾”, 1 13/16”
  • 12th Fret: 2 1/8” or 2 ¼”
  • Soft V Neck Shape
  • Vintage V Neck Shape
  • Vintage C Neck Shape

Fingerboard

  • Fingerboard Binding – Ivoroid, Tortoise Shell or Wood
  • Diamonds and Squares
  • Snowflake Inlay (45 Style)
  • Mystic Snowflakes
  • 1930’s Style Dots
  • Custom Inlays

Bridge

  • Belly Bridge
  • Inlaid Belly Bridge with Snowflake
  • Old Style Rectangle
  • Pyramid Bridge
  • Drop in Saddle
  • Through Saddle

Bridge Pins

  • Ivoroid Pins
  • Bone Pins
  • Ebony Pins
  • Various Dot Inlays

Rosettes

  • Abalone 3 ring
  • Abalone single ring
  • 3 Ring 28 Style
  • 3 Ring 18 Style
  • Custom Rosette

Binding and Trim

  • Grained Ivoroid
  • Tortoise Celluloid
  • Wood Binding/Purfling
  • Herringbone Purfling
  • BWBW Purfling
  • Custom Rope Purfling

Back Strips

  • Ebony Backstrip
  • Zig Zag Backstrip
  • Chevron Backstrip
  • Multi-Colored Backstrip

Pick Guard

  • Tortoise Pick Guard
  • Greven Pick Guard

Bracing

  • Adirondack Spruce
  • Sitka Spruce
  • Tongue Brace

Tuners

  • Nickel Waverly
  • Gold Waverly
  • 3-on-a-plate Bronze
  • Waverly Slothead
  • Ivoroid Buttons
  • Ebony Buttons
  • Relic Waverly

Finish

  • Gloss Nitro-Cellulose
  • Satin Nitro-Cellulose
  • Sunburst Top
  • Shaded/Toner Top
  • Custom Color Options
  • Stressed Sunburst

Tracking

  • Built in Tracking Chip
  • Built in Identity Chip


*This is a partial list of options available. Just about any custom option may be possible. Not all options are available for all models. Please contact us to discuss your choices.


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Prices vary depending upon appointments:

  • Mahogany back and sides, Adirondack top: Starting at $5,075
  • East Indian Rosewood back and sides, Adirondack top: Starting at $6,045
  • Figured Walnut back and sides, Adirondack top: Starting at $6,445
  • Other Exotic Rosewood back and sides, Adirondack top: Starting at $6,695
  • 5A Brazilian Rosewood back and sides, Adirondack top: Starting at $11,475
  • Shipwreck/Salvaged Brazilian Rosewood back and sides, Adirondack top: Contact Us

*This is a partial list of wood options available. View our Model Style Guide for the complete list or contact us to discuss your choices.