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This is the 1969 Fender F1070, which was actually made by Harmony for Fender Guitars. At the time Fender wanted to expand into the western guitar model market, yet thought it was better to source their western 12-string from Harmony. Consequently you see a guitar that is a build very similar to the Harmony H1270, a 12-string 12 Fret solid spruce top and solid Honduran Mahogany back and sides guitar. Differences can be seen when comparing the floating bridge on the Fender F1070, which is shaped like the Fender Villager bridge. Also the headstock is solid compared to the Harmony H1270, which is slotted.

This guitar came to me with a damaged upper bout as you see in the pictures on the bass side. It was impact damage. The previous owner had taken off the machine tuners and given up on this instrument.

I have repaired the damaged body. (The only cracks were on the upper bout Bass side in 2 spots you can see in the pictures) and refinished the entire guitar semi-gloss finish. Its a 47 year old guitar. Inside the adjacent brace was loose and that was re-glued and all other braces verified as being well glued. Inside on the ribs the original build included bracing, a clear indication of a solid wood guitar. The heel-cap was missing so I cut a new one made from Honduran Mahogany stock.

The neck has been removed and reset, using cold hide glue. The truss rod works, albeit a simple model I believe is known as the tork-lok.

I installed 12-string set of Fender Villager machine tuners, which are new. The action at the 12th fret is about 2.5mm+, depending on where and what floating bridge is used. The guitar comes with the original dual saddle model bridge, which was supposed to add a bit of wail to the playing tone. The secondary ssaddle is in rough shape but functions well. The bridge bottom and shape is perfectly formed and matches the soundboard.

The soundboard has NO cracks, only scuffs and scrapes. The refinish job I did left an overlap mark to the bass side of the tailpiece which I have tried to show in the pictures. This is a solid guitar and is all original except for the machine tuners. The original celluloid tortoiseshell head plate and pick guard are the original and since they shrank over the years I took them up. The head plate celluloid is contact cemented and after fit to the head stock piece, touched it up with Nitro spray. The pick guard is in great shape and replaced with only one screw hole re-positioned. The factory had used a little glue but I chose not to use glue on the soundboard, just the screws. So if you choose to remove the pick guard the entire soundboard wood is refinished but does have the shadow from the pick guard.

The tailpiece is very solid and the original.

New string Martin light phosphor bronze (High E1 is snapped but will be replaced upon shipment.)

Dexterity: Right-Handed String Configuration: 12 String Model Year: 1969 Size: Full Size Body Material: Solid Honduran Mahogany Body Type: Dreadnought Soundboard Style: Flat Top Model: F1070 Country/Region of Manufacture: United States Series: Folk 12 String

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Listed7 years ago
ConditionGood (Used)
Good condition items function properly but may exhibit some wear and tear.learn more
  • F-1070-12
  • Natural
  • 1969
Made In
  • United States
  • None
Fretboard Material
  • Rosewood
String Type
  • Steel
Number of Strings
  • 12-String
Right / Left Handed
  • Right Handed
Neck Material
  • Mahogany
Wood Top Style
  • Plain
Finish Style
  • Gloss
Top Material
  • Spruce
Body Shape
  • Jumbo
Back Material
  • Mahogany
Sides Material
  • Mahogany
Color Family
  • Natural
Active Preamp
  • No
Number of Frets
  • 18

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