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NAMM 2017: Vintage announces Paul Brett Statesboro' 12-string acoustic and electro-acoustic guitars

NAMM 2017: Given the performance of Paul Brett's last 12-string guitar - the compact Vintage Viator - we're pleased to see a bigger-bodied model given the green light, the Vintage Statesboro'.

Paying tribute to the pioneering blues era of the 1930s and Blind Willie McTell in particular, the Statesboro' acoustic guitar offers a solid spruce top with maple back and mahogany sides paired with a mahogany neck, plus bone saddle and nut.

The model is available in both acoustic and acoustic electric guitar guises, with the latter boasting a Fishman Rare Earth humbucker soundhole pickup system.

"Using the designs of the legendary Stella guitars crafted by Oscar Schmidt in the early 20th century, Vintage and I have created an homage to the iconic model that Willie himself played," says Paul.

"Obviously, we have updated various elements to morph into todays market, but in essence, it looks like and certainly sounds like a big blues machine of that era."

Sounds good to us. The Vintage Paul Brett Statesboro' 12-string is available now for £549 (acoustic) and £749 (electro-acoustic), both of which come with a Kinsman hardshell case.

Michael Astley-Brown

Mike is Editor-in-Chief of GuitarWorld.com, in addition to being an offset fiend and recovering pedal addict. He has a master's degree in journalism, and has spent the past decade writing and editing for guitar publications including MusicRadar, Total Guitar and Guitarist, as well as a decade-and-a-half performing in bands of variable genre (and quality). In his free time, you'll find him making progressive instrumental rock under the nom de plume Maebe.