My first real guitar, I had this since I was about 15 years old, or maybe younger. I used it to play in the church band, next to the nuns. It was sold to me by a friend of the family. I’m not sure why I thought a 12-string was a good idea when I was that young, especially since my hands must have been way too small for it.
It stayed in relatively good condition, but I did take a dremel tool and carve a squiggly line at the base of the neck one winter when I was bored. I was probably 17. Then I carved a face on the top where a pickup selector switch would be on a Les Paul. Several years later I sanded the face off the top and covered it with shellack.
It was hard to keep in tune, and I ended up just keeping 6 strings on it. With the wide neck, it felt and played more like a classical guitar. I liked it, but there wasn’t a lot of sustain, maybe due to that bridge and tailpiece. After I got the HD-28 it eventually just sat under my bed for more than 10 years. I felt like someone should be using it, so in 2012 I traded it in on a 2011 Jazz Bass.