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A deal fell through so my search for a 12'er continues 11 Replies

Started by Martin van Dooremalen. Last reply by Thom on Friday.

octave strings' height 4 Replies

Started by Robert Williamson. Last reply by Robert Williamson Apr 7.

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Comment by FloridaGull 1 hour ago
Comment by Martin van Dooremalen yesterday

That's a serious pick guard on that Kay. Anytime a pick guard is fastened on using what appears to be rivets you know it means business.

Comment by FloridaGull yesterday

A Kay 12-string on Goodwill:

Currently $90 - 1 day left - $25 shipping...


Comment by Robert Williamson on Saturday
Comment by Robert Williamson on Friday

i suppose this means i need another 12, to keep in concert...:)

Comment by Robert Williamson on Friday


I just hit that  point when playing 12 string for the first time in 30 years feels like i never stopped.

I did the tune down.. and still was not entirely comfortable with the close set strings.. though the sound was fuller. The chrus 1st and 2ed was now much fuller.

It was when i tuned to Double-Dropped-D, and tried a few of the tunes I had composed in Double-Dropped-D on the S6 cedar... that the feeling hit.

It took 2 weeks to get here...but as Supertramp once sang..we're coming along ....

Comment by Edward Sparks on April 14, 2014 at 2:53pm

Had a great time at the Lemontree Open Mic last night! 

This was the second stage appearance of my newly renovated Martin D28 12 string! 

Comment by FloridaGull on April 14, 2014 at 2:15pm

Robert - you asked this awhile ago, but i didn't see it...

"FloridaGull, did you ever consider a lighter gauge for your 12 strings, or did you reject that idea in favour of the step down?"

The step down was recommended to me by a luthier and others to reduce strain on the guitar (and increase longevity).  I have Martin SP extra lights on both my 12-strings right now - 10 - 47, I believe...

Comment by Robert Williamson on April 13, 2014 at 12:56pm

@reg you are right, the heat shrink its too stiff and the string slides off. the softer vinyl tubing will hold the string in position..

Comment by Edward Sparks on April 13, 2014 at 11:32am

Had a great time at the Berlin Coffeehouse gig this past Friday night! After the gig it was still early so Teri and I walked around town and visited the Maryland Wine Bar, where I talked to the owner and we agreed on setting dates for me to perform there in the coming months. Then we took our room at the Historic Atlantic Hotel, where the movie Runaway Bride was filmed. Saturday we were treated to a huge town celebration because Berlin was voted the "Coolest Small Town in America"! Historic Berlin Maryland, with it's friendly people, quaint shops, wonderful places to eat and the charming Atlantic Hotel, all in all a great place to visit.

This was the first stage appearance of my newly renovated Martin D28 12 string! She sounded great at the Berlin Coffeehouse Friday night, where I was booked for their 5th Anniversary celebration.


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