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Your FIRST 12 string guitar hero or heroine ... what's your story? 13 Replies

Started by Alan Sturgess. Last reply by michael schwartz Jun 3.

What thoughts about or experiences of parlour-sized 12 strings? 6 Replies

Started by Alan Sturgess. Last reply by Alan Sturgess May 14.

thoughts on a new capo 5 Replies

Started by michael schwartz. Last reply by Robert Williamson Apr 28.

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Comment by jack stepick 4 hours ago

Perhaps it would be a good idea to have a local reputable luthier  look at it.

Comment by TheValleyGirl 4 hours ago
Greetings! I just received my 12 string Hummingbird back from Gibson Restoration. They put a new pick guard on that is rubbery, painted, and the edges are rolling up. Correct me if I'm wrong, but the old pick guard was celluloid and embossed...correct???

I sent this to Gibson Restoration 10 months ago with a broken neck (Napa Earthquake) it came back missing its serial number...I sent it back, I got it back And it wasn't setup...the strings were laying on the neck AND there was overspray on the body...I sent it back.. NOW I received it, sounds great, but the pick guard is curling, painted hummingbird scene, and rubbery.k
Comment by Robert Williamson 8 hours ago

All my guitars are kept it in a climatically controlled room. I'm the obsessive guy with 5 calibrated hygrometers monitoring various areas in a 6x9 climate controlled room. I've been very vocal about controlling one's environment and using calibrated meters so as not to fool oneself.

This guitar is less that a year old..rarely leaves this room and is not exposed to variances in humidity.  My concern arises because of my previously recounted experience with a curled neck after 2 months in a controlled environment. I afraid I  may have gotten another defective neck.

My N.E. Amber Trails and my '98 S6 both use the split heel/neck design and neither of them have any problem with the seams. My concern is  the seam on the Coastline seems to be having a problem only on the side with the most pressure!

Comment by Mike Raeburn 21 hours ago

Probably not! All woods expand and contract, a lot more than most folks realise.From the look of the heel it's made from a slightly different bit of wood from the neck. Depending on where in the tree it came from, the grain structure will be either slightly more or less dense with the growth rings running at a different angle. This all results in the wood expanding or contracting at a different rate from the neck, resulting in a slight step in the join. You can often find the same thing happening at the corners where a binding that was perfectly smooth to the top and side develops a step as the woods expand or contract. You can try to keep your guitar at a constant level of humidity, but unless you always keep it in a climatically controlled room, that is not going to happen. Keeping it in a hard case will help and you can use a humidifier or dryer to keep the humidity in the case as constant as possible. But for a guitar that is played a lot, as a guitar deserves to be, then it will be exposed to changes in humidity and temperature and there is not a lot you can do about it. I have some very old guitars, Levins/Goyas mostly, and they have all shrunk over the years. The good thing abut the aging process is that it generally improves the tone. So enjoy your guitar, keep an eye on that joint, if it does separate don't worry too much about it. Any luthier with a pot of glue can fix it in about five minutes.

Comment by Robert Williamson 22 hours ago worried.

I picked up my Coastline 12 today...and felt a seam where i never felt it before. The seam between the neck and the heel.

The bass string side of the heel seam can be felt when I run thumb down the side of heel. Only one that side. On the back and other side of heel the seam still cannot be felt.

Should I be very worried?

Comment by michael schwartz on June 24, 2015 at 8:33am's been months now hasn't it? Another good reason to have more than one around the house, I say!!

Comment by TheValleyGirl on June 24, 2015 at 8:27am
I'm still waiting to get my 12 string hummingbird back from Gibson restoration. I really miss it.
Comment by Robert Williamson on May 28, 2015 at 2:29pm

Attention FloridaGull, I went back to the pawn shop and took some poor pics of the Giannini 12 string. As i said previous it looks like it has taken some damage between heel and body on one side. The finish looks like it ran when it was applied, perhaps a non-pro refinish after neck repair?

Interestingly, the pawnboker claims it is serial #2...and Jimmy Page played  Serial  #1... I could not get enough light into it to see serial.

I was unable to take good pictures because of poor lighting and whining kids////

Comment by Antonio Cotichini on May 22, 2015 at 1:57pm

I bougth a Guild GAD 1512 from a friend who, after just a year, sold it. I'm working on the bridge to scallop the wings (the original shape is too thick) to make it more similar to the one on my Bluegrass Special D50 (much more elegant!). I did a new tortoise pickguard instead of the thin black one. Pictures will be here as soon as possible.

Comment by Robert Williamson on May 20, 2015 at 5:47am

for Jim Yates...and others

Ian and Sylvia Reunion Concert 1986 Complete

he complete concert at last including Gordon Lightfoot, Judy Collins, Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt.
Presumably digitised from a VHS tape the picture is not perfect especially the Judy Collins segment.


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