During the 1960s, 12-string guitars were just CRAZY popular! There were tons of big name bands using 12-stringers including the Beatles, Byrds, Hollies, Who, Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, and Bob Dylan. It could probably be argued that 12 strings were the “kings” of the guitar hierarchy, and actually created a bridge to the acoustic folk boom of the Vietnam War era of the late 60s. Then again, I wasn’t born until the 70s so what do I know!!?!!?This particular guitar had a big ‘ol body that was extremely lightweight, and it resonated beautifully. It was the perfect guitar body to accentuate the 12-string “ringing” qualities. That almost built-in chorus sound. Really beautiful actually. This guitar was a true survivor from the late 60s and was in excellent condition. But the poor old gal had been strung with heavy gauge acoustic strings and the neck (as usual) was in bad shape.Speaking of the neck, it had the most gorgeous piece of rosewood I’ve ever seen. Check out this fretboard! The whole guitar had an air of true quality because the binding work was great, and the overall finish of the guitar was top notch! The one downside with this Crown guitar was that it was “head-heavy”, since the neck seemed to weigh more than the body. It balanced kinda weird.Now about that Crown name, these king-like badged guitars seemed to appear sometime in the late 60s. Although the Crown Professional name was being used through the 60s, when this particular, simple badge appeared on the headstock, the guitars definitely contained an uptick of quality. I usually find that all these Crown guitars were built with longevity in mind. Take a look at this guitar! It’s just beautiful! The finish was done in some sort of dappled red and really looked like a fine piece of furniture or something. Wow. The pickups read out at a healthy 5.34k at the bridge and 5.27k at the neck, and used a toggle switch (which is always nice). And of course I have to point out that violin or cello shaped body which was all the rage thanks to Hofner and the Beatles.The top and bottom of the body had a wonderful curve in the wood, and the cutaways were all tastefully done with multi-binding. The body wood had all this crazy figuring and I swear if this were made in the USA it’d be worth thousands of dollars. I wonder how much this cost in 1968? There are Crown catalogs out there but I’ve never seen one yet.The headstock also had a cool carving reminiscent of the late 60s Teisco guitars, but this one wasn’t built by Teisco or Kawai or Guyatone. In fact, I’m still not sure who built this one but I have my suspicions. If you own the Japanese Bizarre Guitar book, check out page 64 and you’ll see this same model. Apparently some of these were sold in the Japanese market as well. Any way you slice it, these late 60s Crown models were just great guitars with tons of potential. And I need to point out the usual suspects since Dano at Happy Guitar Repair got this old gal singing again, and Mike Dugan gets to let ‘er rip. Check out the video below….