This used Godin L.R. Baggs “Acousticaster” is a great example of an early thin body acoustic from back when the concept was still young. With all of the big sound of a 12 string acoustic, and the comfort of a thin solid body, this is a great guitar for stage or studio.
- Cedar Top with Maple Leaf Back and Sides
- Maple Neck with 25.5″ Scale Length
- Rosewood 22 Fret Fingerboard with 16″ Radius
- 1.6875″ Nut
- LR Baggs Preamp and 3 Way Equalizer Included
- Instrument Weighs 8.0lbs.
Functionally, this guitar is perfect. The original tuning machines are firmly attached and hold tune perfectly. The action is fairly low for a 12 string but there is plenty of adjustment left in the truss rod. The frets themselves show some moderate wear with slightly heavier wear down at the end of the neck, but they could easily be filed and cleaned up. The electronics work and sound great, and the faders move as intended with no stickiness or scratchiness.
Aesthetically, this guitar shows a fair bit of wear, but is in surprising condition for it’s age. There are one or two very small nicks on the edges of the headstock, but none that are easily noticeable. The fingerboard itself is in great shape with no divots, and the back of the neck has a few small marks that you can’t feel when you play up the neck. The gold tuning machines are still shiny but are beginning to luster and show their age a bit. The body is in good condition with no significant marks or scratches through the finish, but many small nicks and dings on the front and back, consistent with wear from a guitar of this age.
Overall this guitar is a cool blast from the past that you don’t see very often, and would be an awesome, low cost alternative to its modern counterparts. Don’t let this one get away!