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Glen Campbell's Gibson B25-12N Twelve String

A look at the history behind many of the guitars Glen has used throughout his career.
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Re: Glen Campbell's Gibson B25-12N Twelve String

Post by Mike Joyce » Tue Apr 17, 2018 11:55 am

Hey 12string,
It's great to hear from a fan of such long standing. Good on you for keeping up with the playing as well. How on earth did you find that Gibson guitar after all this time and does it feel nice to play on.
I would think those tunes would be quite a challenge to learn especially as you have no tabs. There is a guy who plays a couple of instrumentals at my local club each month, but he does have the tab book to help. Do you normally play instrumentals or do you also play and sing as well.

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Re: Glen Campbell's Gibson B25-12N Twelve String

Post by 12string » Wed Apr 11, 2018 8:56 am

The first tunes I ever had the pleasure of hearing of Glen's was way back in 1964. There were three vinyl records of Glen playing the most outstanding tunes that a vary young boy had ever listened to. I wanted to play the 12 string and flat pick just like Glen. One day my dad bought me a 12 string guitar and there is where Glen Campbell came into my life. I knew nothing about playing a guitar much less playing a 12 string guitar. I'm almost 70 years old and still have not given up on learning to play all of Glen's tunes on those three records. He had a style of playing that has stuck with me all these years. There were other 12 string players back in the early sixties that sounded to slick with a lot of glitz in there playing but not Glen, he had that bluegrass folk sound that I really really like. As I got older I went to a music store and bought a well worn out Gibson B25-12N-12 string just like Glen played on those records. I sold that 12 string guitar 25 years ago as it was starting to fall apart. I just last month bought a real nice Gibson B25-12N-12 string and back playing those tunes I've been learning all those years. Sad part is there are no tabbed music for me to speed up my learning of the tunes and all the you tube players just want to play chords.

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Re: Glen Campbell's Gibson B25-12N Twelve String

Post by Dee » Tue Jul 25, 2017 7:14 pm

Glen Campbell is posing here with his Gibson B25-12N Twelve String Guitar. (Thank you, jay, for confirming this guitar's identify for me.)
Apparently, Glen was 28 years old when this picture was taken, dating the guitar with Glen to 1964, the same year "The Astounding 12 String Guitar of Glen Campbell" was released.
Glen Campbell at 28 years old with Gibson B25-12N Twelve String Guitar.jpg
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Glen Campbell's Gibson B25-12N Twelve String

Post by jay » Thu Apr 28, 2016 9:26 pm

The Gibson B25-12N 12 string was first introduced by Gibson in 1961. It was Gibson's first entry into the 12 string market. With the onset of the Folk Era of the early 1960’s, well known guitar builders started producing quality twelve string guitars. Glen appears to have started his 12 string career with a 12N, which stood for "natural finish".

Glen is captured in several TV appearances with this guitar in the early 60's:

Here is seen singing "Kentucky Means Paradise" around 1962.

He also appeared on several episodes of Star Route playing the Gibson 12.

The Gibson B25 made the front cover of Glen's album dedicated to the 12 string..."The Astounding 12 String Guitar of Glen Campbell" which was released in 1964.
The Astounding 12 String Guitar of Glen Campbell
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It appears that Glen lost interest in the B25 after a few years as other 12 strings, both acoustic and electric, took the B25's place.

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