Poor man’s substitute for a Ric?

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  1. wabashslim

    wabashslim Friend of Leo's

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    Gretsch gave George or John (forget who) a 12-string and they didn't care for it a bit. George or John gave it away to somebody.

    Who knows if the Monkees' TV Gretsches ever made it onto any records, even when they did start making their own?
     
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    Not sure if they are in the ballpark but I think Eastwood made a version of that gretsch

    Edit: here it is it’s called the classic 12
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    This reminds me... I broke a string on my Alternate reality XII

    Haven’t had the enthusiasm to change them yet

    I guess this relates as it’s a 12 string setback
     
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    I broke a tailpiece on my Ric 12, and haven't had the enthusiasm to change it yet:

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    even thought I've got the replacement part right next to me in the desk drawer.
     
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    Also, if you wanna do the Byrds thing you need a compressor. You can spend big bucks on a fancy one, but the old standby Dynacomp does the job:

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    I forgot about Dano 12s .....They can get somewhat close to RICs

    If you go that route get one of the better ones

    Cheap entry level 12s are NEVER a good idea
     
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    Another vote for the Dano 12. Mine is incredibly easy to play for a 12 string.
    The metal nut & lipstick pickups make it crazy jangly.
    I also like the fact that you can intonate strings individually at the bridge.
    The only downside to it is since the body is so light & headstock is so long it’s a serious neck diver.
    I’d love to get a ric but can’t justify the cost for the limited amount of time I play a 12 string so this gets me in the ballpark for about 1/8 the price...
     
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    I had this one, bought it cause it looked cool but not Rick-enough to come off as a cheesy copy...

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    But it was way heavier than expected - a solid body just routed a bit at the "soundhole" and for the controls, and the pickups were muddy. Worst part was the neck humped after a couple months. Too bad, I really wanted to like it.
     
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    Metal finger picks and a CP9 compressor will go a long way to getting the jangle.
     
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    wabashslim Friend of Leo's

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    Some non-player wannabe put this up a long time ago...

     
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    As the preceding posts show, no, there is no equivalent or substitute for a Ric 12. It's a strange, expensive build that none of the copyists have as yet duplicated in cheap form. Most of the cheap 12s mentioned here are workable, cheap guitars that will sound OK though not on par with the Ric. I'm guessing that playing with the signal is probably more likely to get you near the sound you want than trying to find a guitar that is somehow similar -- when none are.
     
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    Another decent affordable electric 12 that's not widely known (but they exist out there on the used market) is the Brownsville Choirboy 12. You can find these in the sub-$300 range if you look around.

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    There's thing named "in the mix" frankly most 12 strings, recorded right, will do it in a mix.
     
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    +1 on Dano. I have one and a ‘71 Ric 360-12. The Dano has great sound, a great price, is much easier to maintain, and MUCH easier to restring.
     
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    Ok, so I've Actually Owned a Rickenbacker 381MG12, a Rickenbacker 360FG12, and a Rickenbacker 625FG12. I currently Own a Rickenbacker 325FG With vib tail piece, a Rickenbacker 360FG and a Rickenbacker 1997FG.
    My Sanatoga stands up very well and sounds wonderful.
    This has NO FX added, just straight into a 300watt power amp thru (2) 12" neodyium speaker wedges with tweeters.
    Add compression and reverb? Magic
     
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    Well, just rub it in, why don'cha?!?

    :eek::(:D
     
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    I've been trying to get 9 other guys to order Chickenbackers, which would make them like 150 each.
    Just to see if they are anything approaching a reasonable sound.
    Probably too good to be true but they look well made on the site. Screenshot_20210524-192342.png
     

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    I was planning on snagging one of those fenders when they were first released but never did see one in stores.
     
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    The story I always heard was you have to send the broken part in to get a new one. And maybe even have an authorized dealer do it.
     
  20. David Barnett

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    That's for the expensive half, with the "R" logo on it. You have to send in the broken one, and $150 (unless it's gone up again). Mine broke the cheap half, the hook, which was only $25.
     
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