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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 Mike Raeburn 1 hour ago

Kills what little tone it had probably! I like the thin clear self adhesive ones that you can peel off easily or none at all if it's a finger picking guitar.

Reference the debate on capos, I use G7 capos all the time now on all my guitars. The 12 string version is particularly effective with an adjustable tension. Easy to fit, easy to take off and looks good as well. Doesn't seem to need any adjustments to hold all the strings down without buzzing. I put that down to the rubber pad being quite thin so the pressure is concentrated.

Here's an Amazon link:-

Comment by Ted James Popp 1 hour ago

Yeah, I wonder what something like that pick guard does to the sound quality. Well and after all it is a Kay. Just sayin'.

Comment by FloridaGull 11 hours 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 April 18, 2014 at 5:26am

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

Comment by Robert Williamson on April 18, 2014 at 5:18am


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...


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