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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 Apr 18.

octave strings' height 4 Replies

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

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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.

Comment by michael schwartz on April 13, 2014 at 8:05am

I hope this clarifies this. you simply adjust the rings per your strings.

@Robert...I hope this clarifies this. There is also a Capo User forum here, tho I don't go there often.

Comment by michael schwartz on April 13, 2014 at 8:02am

Comment by Robert Williamson on April 13, 2014 at 5:32am

@michael, can you take a picture of your Paige on one of your 12 strings, from the.same angle (from the headstock down) as the picture  I took of my hybrid earlier?

I like to see how well the rings clear the standard string in the pair courses.

If I order one, it will be the PC-12-2.250-R Clik capo

Comment by michael schwartz on April 12, 2014 at 7:26pm

I'm not an engineer;

Comment by Robert Williamson on April 12, 2014 at 6:30pm

Most guitars are 16" radius (both of my Seagulls certainly), my Fender Hellcat 12 string has a 12" radius (more curve). A matching radius in capo is important for applying pressure evenly. A 16" radius capo, and more so a flat one, leaves gaps at edges of fretboard.

Schubb does not specify radius for their 12 string capos, they just say curved.

Paige does not specify radius either for 12 string, they just say with radius.

Kyser does not even say if its capo curved..! 

Anyone know more?

Comment by Robert Williamson on April 12, 2014 at 4:21pm

arrg..no liking it.. lever giving me hand cramps when adjusting... may be i  just order...

Comment by Robert Williamson on April 12, 2014 at 1:21pm

i don't  know if i will buy one, I have a Bill Russell by Dunlop elastic 12 string capo on the way. Let me see how I like this Dunlop/Paige hybrid I've created in the meantime.

Another view of the kludge

 

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