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Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by ndcaster, Jun 20, 2018.
Do you really tune down an octave?
I got a D’angelico. Not really sure why. But she plays easy. I do have her tuned down a half step
Some would cop out and call it Country and Western, but I just call it what it is boot scootin' Okie music where you get to rub up against the womens! I LIKE me some SRV, and I can kinda, sorta listen to him play 12 string acoustic, but when I play, I play okie music. The only reason I do though is there ain't no such thing as Alabama music.
I have this one. Stock photo because I didn't want to go down to the basement.
No string trees. And just two tuners on a plate as they're called, each one piece.
A lefty and a righty.
My 1970 Yamaha 420-12 I paid >$300 for. Built pretty well, heavy for a dread, figured if it hadn't broken apart by the time I found it I'd be ok.
Still I'm gasing for a new FG830 which has a solid spruce top, and probably benefits from better engineered bracing.
I bought a Taylor 450 12 string off a friend of mine a couple of years back. I love it, it has a huge sound (dreadnought). Looks just like this one (google photo).
I might be wrong there i tune it down 1 step and put the capo on the 1st fret making it standard pitch it gets slightly confusing but the action is so much better
Yup - tune down, use a Capo - much easier that way.
12-strings are one of those oddities - at the right time, in the right song, they're *perfect*, but most of the time they're too much of everything I find.
I have an 97 Alvarez Silver Anniversary 12 string that I love. I need to tune down a 1/2 or a whole step depending on what I am doing. I asked for it after seeing SRV doing Pipeline and Pride and Joy on some random MTV show that predated "Unplugged". I am in the finishing stages of a 12 string electric.
A friend bought a cheep Yamaha 12 string when we were teenagers and that thing sound awesome.
I have this one I built about 10 years ago. The pickups have been changed since then, other wise its the same as it always was.
I had an Ovation 12-string for awhile but sold it. One of the thin strings kept snapping and it took me like an hour to tune it. It did sound nice though playing ELO and Zeppelin songs.
I recently bought a Bluridge 12 Jumbo body. I love it, I think it sounds phenomenal and I enjoy the challenge of playing it. That octave G string, especially, just does something to me when it rings out. Doesn't seem to need any special tuning or anything.
I love love love love LOVE my Mexican Martin 12-string.
We use it on a variety of songs, no matter what gig we play.
I was given a 12 string for my 21st birthday by my parents (many moons ago now), but I could never really bond with it, and I couldn't sell it (obviously), so it sat dormant for many years. Just recently I got up the courage to put a soundhole pickup in it and a nut extender and now I use it as a 6 string lap steel. I checked out a string tension calculator online and worked out that I could put on a heavier gauge 6 string set and still be under the tension of the lighter gauge 12 string set. Happy days at last.
Ive had a Yamaha 12 for about 30 years it gets rotated out regularly and I still enjoy playing and get inspiration from it. Matter of fact it’s tuned up and and was being played last night. I say it’s worth the 100+.
Mine's a Yamaha FG312II, what's yours?
It’s a FG 512
I want the Yamaha.
She’s holding up well and in good company.