Have you ever played a 12 string?

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Have you ever played a 12 string guitar?

  1. No, but I’d like to

    6 vote(s)
    5.7%
  2. No, why bother?

    1 vote(s)
    1.0%
  3. No, I can barely deal with 6 strings

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  4. I thought they stopped at 7?

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  5. Yes, electric only

    9 vote(s)
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  6. Yes, acoustic only

    43 vote(s)
    41.0%
  7. Yes, acoustic and electric

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  8. Bewbs

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  9. I like cheesecake

    9 vote(s)
    8.6%
  10. I own at least one - 12 string

    34 vote(s)
    32.4%
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  1. Dolebludger

    Dolebludger Premium Member

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    Mine is a 1981 Carvin DC 120 solid body electric 12 string. Bought it new in late 1980, and it is the first of its kind made. Incredibly easy to play set up with a derivative of 9s. Used to play it ll the time. Haven't played it lately. Maybe it is time.
     
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  2. NorlinBlackBeauty

    NorlinBlackBeauty Senior Member

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    Did not know of the SG 12. :)
     
  3. NorlinBlackBeauty

    NorlinBlackBeauty Senior Member

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    Maple squared! That has to be bright and jangly.
     
  4. THDNUT

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    It's not that bright and jangly, my god man it's a friggin' JUMBO!

    My D12-28 was midrangey.

    I liked the Martin and would have kept both except for a bad neck reset that was done locally that Efffed it up.
     
  5. NorlinBlackBeauty

    NorlinBlackBeauty Senior Member

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    Doesn't the maple make it substantially brighter? I had a brief go at a Guild 6 string spruce / maple Dreadnought years ago with old strings and it was still bright.
     
  6. Thumpalumpacus

    Thumpalumpacus Senior Member

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    The Takamine 12er I referenced upthread was a maple jumbo-style (solid top, laminate back/sides). I was pleasantly surprised by its warmth, especially considering it was a 12er. But the low freqs had this beautiful creaminess to them, hard to describe, and nothing like what I'd imagined before I played it.
     
  7. THDNUT

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    It is brighter than the JF-55-12 (rosewood bodied counterpart), but still has some bass.

    I think they call the models F-412 and F-512 now.
     
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    NorlinBlackBeauty Senior Member

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    78 Ibanez j200 copy 12 string. Mahogany back sides spruce top. Action horrible, sound amazing! And Taylor 12 string sable I think. Sounds great too.
     
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    20180519_064512.jpg This thing saw alot of camp fires in my 20s
     
  11. SteveGangi

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    My first 12 was a Seventies/Eighties Aria. It got stolen after a few years. Then a few years ago I got an Epiphone DR212.
     
  12. zombiwoof

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    I have a really Fender VII, the one with the hockey-stick headstock. It's a '66, and I only paid $400 for it many years ago. I used it onstage for Byrds stuff and the like, tuning live is a bitch, though. It needs the nut recut, something I do not want to attempt myself. It is exactly like the one that Pete Townsend is shown using in the early days in pictures of the Who. Jimmy Page used one in the studio for "Stairway", but got the Gibson double neck to use on stage, so he could do the solos live as well as the 12-string parts. I love it, but it does need some getting used to.

    Also have a nice Washburn dreadnought 12, I got it really cheap new when they were clearance-ing them out at an online store, plus I had a discount coupon. I am contemplating either putting lighter gauge strings on it, or doing the step-down with a capo thing (I believe Roger McGuinn does that on his Rick). I play it occasionally, but it does take more effort than a regular 6-string. I love the 12-string sounds, old Beatles, Byrds, and Petty stuff.

    Al
     
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  13. Telechamp

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    Just snagged this Ric 360/12 off CL for a great price. Nothing sounds quite like a Rickenbacker 12.

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    Jealous. Always wanted one of these, and this is the best color in my mind
     
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    I agree - Fireglo is my favorite Ric color as well.
     
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    I have a '67 Gibson ES-335-12. It was my first guitar, still have it.
    Also have an early Taylor 12.

    The Gibson has just six saddles (nylon) rather than 12 like the Rick. Not particularly well intonated, but with all that jangle going on, no one's really noticed. I use .008s, and the neck's been perfect forever. Can't say the same for the case, whose thread rotted away a couple of years ago (it's a chipboard case, all original). I'm still looking for a good hard case for it.
     
  17. Dolebludger

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    No, nothing sounds like a Rickenbacker 12 string. A wonderful guitar. As I said before, I often play a 1981 Carvin DC 120 12. The first one they ever made. With its coil split and phase switches, one can make it sound somewhat like a Rick. But it can be set up (with the right amp) to play hard classic rock, and even metal -- and even for doing a bit of jazz! For anybody doing a solo act, or even one with a bass and drum (three piece) , the use of a 12 fills in a lot of gaps. My 12 electric is as easy to play as any of my 6 strings, except bends are harder, of course. Blues playing on them is rather instinctive, as much original blues was played on 12s. And anything you can play on a 6 st electric you can also play on a well set up 12 st electric, except it will distinguish your band from all the others you are competing with.
     
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  18. Mockbel

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    What the hell is that??
    Stunning
     
  19. Telechamp

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    Thanks, yeah, it's a beautiful guitar. It's a Rickenbacker 360/12 in Fireglo. Got a great deal on it off Craigslist. Virtually brand new. It was set up perfectly from the previous owner. Plays and sounds fantastic.
     
  20. NorlinBlackBeauty

    NorlinBlackBeauty Senior Member

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    Gorgeous! I've never had the opportunity to have a go at one.

    String changes on that head stock look - challenging? Annoying. I do love the short headstock look a lot.
     
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