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Your FIRST 12 string guitar hero or heroine ... what's your story? 16 Replies

Started by Alan Sturgess. Last reply by Jim Yates Mar 20.

Any try or use Elixir Nanoweb Phosphor Bronze .010-.047 yet? If so, opinions? 3 Replies

Started by Martin van Dooremalen. Last reply by Dave Fengler Sep 1, 2015.

Hummingbird 12 string and Gibson Restoration 3 Replies

Started by TheValleyGirl. Last reply by Jim Yates Jul 6, 2015.

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Comment by Clyde Joseph Ortego on April 8, 2016 at 3:05pm

Hey ya'll:

Clyde here from New Orleans.

I contacted Stewart McDonald about my problem of the hard tuners on my

Silver Tone and he told me to use a lubricant that he uses  called Tri Flow.

It is a Teflon lubricant and it works well on open geared tuners.

I am going to order a tube from him and use it on my Silver Tone and I will let all

know how it works.


Clyde J.Ortego

Comment by Mike Raeburn on April 6, 2016 at 8:09am

With the bridge the wrong way round the intonation would be all over the place anyway, but I agree they could have got it tuned better. Perhaps JH liked it that way?

Comment by Jim Yates on April 4, 2016 at 8:53pm

I always wished that Jimi had taken a bit more time tuning up before this video was shot.  The guitar sounds terrible.

Comment by Mike Raeburn on April 4, 2016 at 6:31pm

Just looked at the latest AG newsletter link to Jimmy Hendrix playing his blues song “Hear My Train A Comin'” on a Zemaitis 12-string. You would have thought they could have given him a proper LH guitar instead of stringing a RH one upside down! Surprised the low E string even stayed in the nut slot.

Comment by Robert Williamson on April 3, 2016 at 12:04pm

back in the 70's I used LaBella Silk and Steel on my Espana 12, and Black and SiIver  (not sure if LaBella or D'Addario) on my Espana Classical. I miss those guitars and have no remembrance of what happened to them :(

Comment by Mike Raeburn on April 2, 2016 at 6:47pm

I like La Bella silk and steel, they have a very sweet tone to my ears, but they do go properly dead very quickly. But they are really easy to play if you can get over the need to change them after an evenings' playing.

A colleague of mine's father got really bad arthritis in his hands and decided to give up trying to play his guitars. I suggested my colleague buy him a slide and one of those nut raiser adaptor doodahs. His dad is now back playing again but in a different style, you are never too old to learn new tricks!

Comment by Robert on April 2, 2016 at 11:37am

My Martin is finally in the shop.  Replacing the bridge (again!), repairing some of the neck binding, and fixing a crack in the heel.  Will probably have to go back to silk and steel strings because of the lesser tension.  Yes, they do go dead faster and don't sound as good as the bronzes.

While I was there, I got to play several other Martins, including a 1972 D-12-35 that's almost identical to my '68.  Very sweet.  I also like the new sustainable wood series.  My wife even likes the SWOMGT - the only steel string guitar she's ever felt comfortable playing (she's always played classical/nylon).  And they had a 6-string that was custom-built for the shop: gorgeous smooth tone and VERY playable, even for my arthritic hands.  Oh, for deeper pockets!  (Call an ambulance, I'm having a severe GAS attack!)

Comment by Jim Yates on April 1, 2016 at 5:06pm

I used Martin XL strings (in the green package) on my twelve string. 

My wife has an old 1921 O-18.  She tried Silk & Steel once about a decade ago, but decided that they went dead too quickly, so she now uses XL bronze strings.

Comment by Clyde Joseph Ortego on April 1, 2016 at 4:53pm

Thanks all for the advice on my Silver tone Tuners.

I will get with my local guitar expert the first chance I get.

Thanks again

Clyde J. Ortego

Comment by Antonio Cotichini on April 1, 2016 at 4:41pm

Clyde: You're right, ask to an expert and go for a replacement. You should upgrade to Waverly or Gotoh.

Robert: The Guild 12 str. is strong enough to suffer that set... my hand not so much... but the sound is far better on the bass side!

And... should you find something on the origin of my surname too??



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