St. George guitars - (manufactured from the late 50's to late 60's) - were designed by Anthony George and built in Japan. The St. George brand was associated with 2 Japanese import companies, Buegeleisen & Jacobson of New York and WMI of Los Angeles from the mid to late 1960's.
Anthony George opened the St. George Music Supply store on Sunset Blvd in Los Angeles in the early 60's and his dad opened the original St. George Music Store in Utica, NY in the 50's. Both father & son were musicians.
The St. George 12-string is one of those quality-built guitars designed by Anthony George that is a perfect Jangle Machine. It's Magic with a true throw back sound. Hearing this St. George brings back all the memories of the early 60's Folk-Rock scene... with groups like the Beau Brummels and the Lovin' Spoonful.
Eventually the St. George Company was sold and the guitars produced after that point were very low quality. Quickly identifying early well-built Anthony George guitars is thru the St. George "Coat-Of-Arms" head-stock badge. The later, lower quality guitars only had a simple name plate on the head-stock.