Shaftesbury was the house brand for United Kingdom musical instrument distributor Rose Morris, appearing on guitars, drums, amps, and effect units. The Shaftesbury 3262 twelve-string was one of the very first models to bear the name (alongside the 3261 six string, and 3263 bass). The brand name resulted from the Rose Morris showroom that opened in September 1967. These early Shaftesbury guitars debuted at the British Musical Instrument Trade Fair, in Augsut 1968. Twelve string popularity had waned somewhat since the mid 1960s, and whilst the 3261 six string remained in the Shaftesbury line into 1972, the 3262 was discontinued in early 1971.
Rose Morris had, from 1967, applied the model code 3262 to the export version of the Rickenbacker 336/12, with converter comb. Rose Morris had had many problems sourcing guitars and parts from Rickenbacker, and by the end of 1967 the relationship between the two companies was clearly coming to an end (read more about this here). So by Augsut 1968, the new Shaftesbury 'Rickenbackers' were unveiled, with the code 3262 going to the new Shaftesbury 12-string.
Early examples of the 3262 were produced in Japan, most likely by Matsumoku. Later examples were produced by Eko in Recanati, Italy. Twelve-string guitars were always lower sellers than six-strings, and with a production period of just over two years, guitars from either plant are infrequently seen on the used guitar market.
The image below shows two different versions of the 3262 twelve-string. The top image shows the Japanese version, the bottom image the Italian. The biggest difference between the two versions was the set neck of the Japanese 3262 vs the bolt-on neck of the Italian. Obvious hardware differences include the tailpiece, pickups, knobs, truss rod cover. Images taken from the 1968 and 1970 catalogues.
The Shaftesbury 3262 was included in two catalogues from 1969 and 1970
The Shaftesbury 3262, like the other Shaftesbury Ric copies, is a pretty nice guitar. It isn't a Rickenbacker, but it is certainly a rare vintage instrument. With Matsumoku and Eko guitars gradually gaining recognition amongst collectors, these instruments are starting to be accepted for what they actually are, rather than just for what they were originally pretending to be.