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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 Mike Raeburn on May 17, 2016 at 2:38am

That would explain it then! 12 strings and a fine line in straw hats and face fuzz as well. So what is your 'handle' Jim??

Comment by Jim Yates on May 16, 2016 at 12:00pm

For anyone who read both my post and Mike's link, to avoid confusion, I should point out that Paul Mills mentioned in the link and Curly Boy Stubbs mentioned by me, are one and the same person.  Paul often records and performs under the stage name "Curly Boy Stubbs". 
In the photo above, Paul Mills, David Newland and I are messing around playing ukuleles at the Shelter Valley Folk Festival.  I think it qualifies for this forum, since together we have 12 strings.

Comment by Mike Raeburn on May 16, 2016 at 10:24am

There's a good write up on Stan's 12 here.

Grit Laskin certainly produces some beautiful guitars.

Comment by Jim Yates on May 16, 2016 at 10:01am

Toronto luthier (and musician) Grit Laskin popularized the beveled bout guitar.  He built Stan Rogers' 12-string, now owned by Curley Boy Stubbs, but I'm not sure if it has a beveled arm rest.  The one pictured above does have an arm rest and some cool inlay.

Comment by Antonio Cotichini on May 16, 2016 at 9:45am

I agree about the KK, Robert. All my guitars have one.

Comment by Mike Raeburn on May 16, 2016 at 2:53am

A quick search found these photos, the sock is amazing, imagine anyone putting that on a guitar!

Comment by Mike Raeburn on May 16, 2016 at 2:27am

Regarding bevelled corners, I seem to remember seeing a corner guard somewhere. I was a padded leather effort as I recall. I too have arm issues after a bad skiing accident a year ago damaged the nerve in my right arm. My arm gets tired very quickly and hanging it over a sharp corner does not help.

Comment by Robert on May 15, 2016 at 7:37pm

I played a Breedlove Pursuit 12 briefly about a month ago, just to get a basic feel for it since I'd never been able to get my hands on one before.  It seemed nice enough.  Personally, I liked the Taylor 150e at another store a bit better; it seemed to have a more full-bodied tone for an instrument of about the same size.  Then again, I've been spoiled by my Brazilian rosewood Martin and don't particularly care for mahogany bodies.  The smaller bodies suit me better now that arthritis is bothering my shoulders (Wish Martin would make one with a beveled corner.)  Didn't get to try either through an amp or PA to compare the pickup systems. Most AE guitars come with an under-saddle piezo anyway, and I'm leaning more toward passive pickups like the K&K with an external preamp.

Comment by Antonio Cotichini on May 15, 2016 at 3:14am

It seems to be a real bargain for the price/features it presents. Thoug I've never liked the Breedlove shapes (headstock, bridge, cutaway) I love it's sound. In your shoes, I'd go for the change!

Comment by Martin van Dooremalen on May 14, 2016 at 5:55pm

Hi FG --- back during my 12 string hunt I played that model. Very easy playing and good action with nice tone. I just found the GA sized body a little too small and quiet for me but the again I'm a strummer.


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