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Finally - 12 string NGD!!! 8 Replies

Started by Martin van Dooremalen. Last reply by Martin van Dooremalen Jul 27.

GAS-sing for a 12 string 17 Replies

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Comment by Dave Fengler on June 8, 2014 at 7:56pm

I'm looking at a Yamaha FG-512 on CraigsList.  Made 1977 to 1981, slot head tuners.  I offered $125 but I'm having second thoughts.  He lives an hour away.  It looks to be in nice shape except it was converted to 6 string by a previous owner, and he removed the extra 6 tuners.  I've asked him to measure the distance between the strings and the 12th fret, the distance between the tuner shafts, and a few more pics.  Old Yamaha's are know for needing neck resets.

My chances of finding original tuners are slim.  Replacements could be tough depending on what the spacing is.

Does anyone have any knowledge of old Yamaha slot head tuners or where to buy replacements?  Here's some possibilities but I don't know what the center distances are.  

Comment by FloridaGull on June 4, 2014 at 6:32am

You're doing a walking bass on the G string?  Not to bassy there, IMHO... ;-)

Comment by Robert Williamson on June 4, 2014 at 6:25am

hard to index finger for walking bass

Comment by FloridaGull on May 26, 2014 at 9:56pm
For some songs, use your thumb for the E-A-D string sets - for others, use your thumb for the E-A-D-and-G string sets. When you use your index finger on the G string set, your upstroke will naturally sound the lower-pitched G string first...
Comment by Robert Williamson on May 23, 2014 at 2:47pm

Ive noticed something about my mustang 12 that is aggravating me.

The 4th octave string is comparatively too loud...probably and strangley because I'm only  hitting the 4th octave string when I finger pick.

Must change hand position so thumb meat does some work....

Comment by Robert Williamson on May 23, 2014 at 2:42pm

FloridaGull you should buy them and sell them to poor Canadians whopo never see sales.

Comment by FloridaGull on May 8, 2014 at 8:52am

5 Guild 12-strings on g-base:

All US made - the most inexpensive is $895 - a 1991 D-25 made in Westerly, RI...


Comment by Mike Raeburn on May 7, 2014 at 5:22pm

Regarding tension, a 12 string puts about a quarter ton of tension on the bridge. So I would imagine an 18 would be half as much again. I saw a guy jump off a stage once and land on a 12 string, can't remember what make but it was an expensive one, and the neck came up and smacked him hard on the leg. Although not as hard as the owner did a few minutes later!

It always amazes me that a thin layer of pine with a few sticks glued underneath can take that pressure, remembering that when it is strummed the tension goes up even more.

Comment by FloridaGull on May 7, 2014 at 6:29am

A cool article in "Premier Guitar" about 4 12 strings under $650:


Comment by Dave Fengler on April 29, 2014 at 8:47am

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