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NGD for me! 2011 Guild GAD F212 has flown south from NJ... 12 Replies

Started by FloridaGull. Last reply by John Wilson on Wednesday.

Increasing course spacing 15 Replies

Started by Robert Williamson. Last reply by Antonio Cotichini Mar 13.

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Comment by michael schwartz on Thursday

Have FUN shopping, Joe!! I'm the 2nd owner of most of my guitars.

Comment by Joe Allen on Thursday

I have a D-1 I took in on trade and I do love that one and it is not even one of the higher end Martins. That has me looking for a good used one. I live in Ohio and there are some shows coming up and I am taking the motorhome through Nashville to look through the shops there.

Comment by michael schwartz on Thursday won't regret getting a Martin. I LOVE all of mine!!

still can't play them for a while..DRATS!!  I go for another x-ray the end of next week.

Comment by Joe Allen on Thursday

I had a 70's MIJ Epiphone Texan 12 string that had great tone and nice low action. I sold it???? I finally found a cedar top Seagull 12 string that filled the void and made some money and sold it too. But I was in a pawn shop looking this morning. I am thinking Martin or Guild this time.

Comment by Martin van Dooremalen on Wednesday

So if a cheap or inexpensive 6 string doesn't sound good, does adding 6 more strings make it sound better because it is a fuller sound or does it sound twice as bad?

I think Jim and Robert may have different opinions on that..... B^)

Comment by Dave Fengler on Wednesday

I have a 1970's Ibanez 627-12 that I got in trade.  It needed lots of work; top was bellied, lifted/high frets.  I put a few hours work into it over a few months and it turned out pretty good.  The action is very low and easy to play for a 12 string.  I should replace the nut & saddle some day with something other than the plastic that came with it.

Like you said Jim, the 12 string isn't my primary instrument so I doesn't have to be absolutely incredible sounding. But it does sound pretty good and will get better with a few upgrades some day.

I don't have an after picture so an old catalog page will have to do.

Comment by Jim Yates on Wednesday

I wonder how many feel that a cheaper twelve string has a more acceptable sound than a cheaper six string.  I owned this Epiphone 12 string with a laminated top and a less than $300 price sticker.  I was very satisfied with the sound, though I've played the equivalent six string model and, though it was a fine entry level guitar, I wouldn't buy one. 
Perhaps it's because I have never thought of the 12-string as my primary instrument, I haven't ever gone for an expensive 12.

Comment by Robert Williamson on Wednesday

Damning Review, but for who?

MY Seagull NE Amber Trail Mini-jumbo has a better 12 string sounds than my Fender Tim Armstrong Hellcat 12.

Comment by Robert on March 22, 2015 at 8:09am

The ease of playing is what I've always loved about my Martin D12-35.  I can play it all day without a problem.  Much better action than the Taylor 6-string I bought a couple years ago.  I did have the Martin's nut replaced (and upgraded to bone) around the same time because of wear, not because of any problems with the action.

Comment by Kurt Chandler on March 21, 2015 at 3:28pm

I still think you need to get a good setup guy to try nut tuning your Fender and

see if that makes it any easier to play. When I do the nut tuning procedure on my guitars they are always lots easier to play. I have liked the Takamine 12 string necks that I have played in stores, but prefer my Yamaha, Seagull and pre-Fender Guild 12 string necks with the nut tuning. My Espana is a baseball bat in feel by comparison. My Antoniostai 12 string isn't bad with the nut tuning done on it either, but the Seagull and Yamaha are super easy to play with nut tuning done on them. Its is still much easier than making a new nut with new string spacing and saves the price of a new guitar.. Of course it provides a good excuse to your wife if you really want a new guitar.


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