A 1976 Guild 12-string guitar once owned by Steve Miller. Serial #190303, model G212-SB. It has a spruce top, and mahogany back and sides. In excellent condition.
Guild has been making flattop guitars since the early 1950s, and built their first 12-strings in the 1960s. In the 70's, the G212 was one of two of Guild's first dreadnought style 12-strings.
1976 was the year that the Steve Miller Band released their hit album Fly Like an Eagle, which featured the title track and Take the Money and Run. Though the music of Steve Miller might often be associated more with the use of electric guitar, Miller professed to loving 12-string Guilds, and wrote many of his songs on these particular guitars.
Steve Miller gave this guitar to the current owner, who was a recording and system engineer, when the two worked together. He continues to work for, and has a strong friendship with, Steve Miller. He has this to say of Miller's generous gift:
"I was at Steve's home studio helping with his control room optimization. He showed me his massive guitar collection and when I expressed interest in the Guild 12-string he pulled it off the wall and handed it to me."
Steve Miller is an American guitarist, singer, and songwriter, known as leader of the Steve Miller Band. He began his career in blues and blues rock and evolved to a more pop-oriented sound which, from the mid-1970s through the early 1980s, resulted in a series of highly popular singles and albums. Miller was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as part of their class of 2016.