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What do you look for in an acoustic 12-string?

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I am partial to Guilds but not exclusive and a little lucky as I love 12 strings. I mostly look for:

  1. Projection that is melodic and up front.
  2. Note/string articulation. Need to be able to clearly hear each on its own merit.
  3. Neck comfort. For me wider is better. My GADg212 plays acceptably but sounds fantastic. My Seagull Coastal has a softer sound and although it does not project as much aaaaas I prefer it has a very comfortable nut width of 1.9".

Body size does not matter.

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And the Seagull

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Look for the Guild logo on the headstock.

– wabash slim

Amen! Especially Jumbo 12's...specifically the F512 (a choir all by itself!)...or F412 if you have to have maple.

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My #1 12-string for two decades plus.

Needs a battery right now, and some would say a refret, but she's been absolutely bulletproof through more than 2,000 gigs, now.

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My favorite at the moment (as well as for the last 12 years) is this Larrivee LV-03-12. It has a 1 3/4" width at the nut which accommodates my fat fingers nicely. Beautiful clear tone and like all Larrivees it is well balanced across the spectrum. Biggest problem with Larrivees is that it is hard to find them to try.

Nothing wrong with Guilds tho'. They are the preferred 12 string by many for a reason.

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Not to derail the thread,but I'd like opinions and/or experiences of changing an acoustic 12 to Rickenbacker style stringing. I have a Yamaha that needs a setup and I was thinking of doing the ric thing while I had it done.

– Twom

I had that done to a Guild D25-12, when it needed a neck reset.

Didn't add much expense (mostly for a new nut, I think; maybe the saddle was changed at the same time?), and I prefer the way it now sounds. Your thumb or pick first hits the larger-diameter string of each pair when strumming downward, and I think the guitar now sounds bigger/warmer (although I have to admit that the new neck angle might also have improved the tone).

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Lots of great input. Thanks!

There's a used Guild JF30-BL in a local store. Anyone ever had one of these?

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NGD update!

Although I was leaning towards a jumbo 12-string, I didn't find any locally that were suitable, so yesterday I pulled the trigger on a very nice (and affordable) Taylor 150e.

It's a dreadnought body - spruce top, sapele back and sides, with their E2 onboard electronics (same system as their upscale models).

This is the model I had tried a few years ago and really liked, but couldn't find it afterwards. Then yesterday, there it was! It had been in the store's rental department, so it was even more affordable as they dropped about $200 off the list price.

The neck is so comfortable and plays so smoothly. I've never played a 12-string that felt this easy to play. Has a lovely sound. The slightly arched back might help in that regard. Very happy with this guitar.

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Trying to upload photos, but the page doesn't seem to want to let me. Will try later.

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I like the simplicity and elegance of the controls. Volume, bass, treble.

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Thanks again, everyone, for all your input and comments.

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Here is the Larrivee I mentioned. The body shape is sort of a grand concert size -- between an OM and a dreadnaught.

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Congrats on your new Taylor! Back in March I purchased a Guild 2512e w/ maple back and sides w/ spruce top. Inexpensive, and nice to look at. It has good jangle, and enough power in the lower end to balance out the sound. The jumbo body really makes this guitar project with good clarity. I have a Guild 1512 and this one complements with a satisfying, different sound.

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Here is the Larrivee I mentioned. The body shape is sort of a grand concert size -- between an OM and a dreadnaught.

– Don Birchett

Nice. A buddy of mine has a 12-string Larivee that is very nice. Great guitars.

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Congrats on your new Taylor! Back in March I purchased a Guild 2512e w/ maple back and sides w/ spruce top. Inexpensive, and nice to look at. It has good jangle, and enough power in the lower end to balance out the sound. The jumbo body really makes this guitar project with good clarity. I have a Guild 1512 and this one complements with a satisfying, different sound.

– DaddyG

Beauty.


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