Instrument Details

1980 Petros 12-Fret, Rosewood/Cedar
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Status
Sold
Brand
Petros Guitars
Product Year
1980
Model
12-Fret
Serial #
n/a
New/Preowned
Preowned
SKU
TMP797
Condition
Very good for its age, typical finish checking on body. We refretted and dialed in the setup, installed a new bone nut. A bridge doctor was installed at some point, and the top appears stable without bellying.
Body Type(s)
Medium
Back & Sides
Rosewood
Top
Cedar
Neck Wood
Rosewood - Indian
Neck Profile
C
Bridge
Ebony
Rosette
Abalone
Top Trim
Abalone
Fingerboard
Ebony
Fingerboard Bindings
None
Fret Markers
MOP Vines, Side Dots
Frets to Body
12
Headplate
Rosewood
Headstock Bindings
None
Headstock Inlay
Abalone Bird
Instrument Finish
Nitrocellulose Lacquer
Body Bindings
Rosewood - Amazon
Tuners
Schaller
Tuner Finish
Nickel
Cutaway
None
Pickup
None, we can install one
Body Length
20 in
Upper Bout
11.125 in
Lower Bout
15.625 in
Body Depth Heel
3.875 in
Body Depth Tail
4.75 in
Scale Length
25.4 in
Scale Length (mm)
645 mm
Nut Width
1.9 in
Nut Width (mm)
48.4 mm
String Spacing
2.219 in
String Spacing (mm)
56.4 mm
Weight
4 lb. 8 oz.
Case
Hardshell
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Description

It’s incredible to see the strides made in contemporary lutherie these days. Builders are churning out such resonant pieces of art: there’s a plethora of great guitars to play with. To us, though, there’s something special when you come across a builder’s early work, and discover how well their guitars blossom and open up over time. When we landed this 1980 12-Fret Petros, that’s exactly what we found. Rosewood back and sides paired with Cedar on top, and a striking one-piece Indian Rosewood neck with a 12-fret body join—aged to perfection over the past four decades with some righteous finish checks for vintage vibe, and an played-in voice to match.



This early Petros has opened up handsomely, such that the mids are crisp and woody, and the trebles cut right through the mix. Quite loud, and quite powerful, this Petros has a lot of tones that remind us of the vintage scene. We just refretted the board and dialed in the setup, so we’re happy to report this guitar is in stellar shape to keep on cruising.


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This guitar is completely cool. I love how opened up the top is, and the Rosewood neck is gorgeous and killer for sustain. I've had guitars made specifically for me with one-piece rosewood necks for the added sustain, which this early Petros has as well. This guitar is proof that guitars only get better with age!
 
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SCALE LENGTH 25.4 in
NUT WIDTH 1.9 in
STRING SPACING 2.219 in
WOODS CEDAR,
ROSEWOOD

It’s incredible to see the strides made in contemporary lutherie these days. Builders are churning out such resonant pieces of art: there’s a plethora of great guitars to play with.
 

This guitar is completely cool. I love how opened up the top is, and the Rosewood neck is gorgeous and killer for sustain.
 
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