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The nut and saddle simply act as conduits for the vibration of the strings to the body of the guitar--so their effect on the tone of the instrument is pretty small. Other people may tell you different though ;). An acoustic guitar lives and dies by the geometry of the instrument--and the majority of the sound is projected from the sound hold and the top as ...


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Normally you would buy a set of strings specifically designed for a 12 String. If you choose to buy individual strings, use a string tension guide such as D'Addario's; or just use the same gauges as are in a 12 string set. See: How do I use string gauge tables? As I'm sure you know, the 12 strings are arranged in pairs, known as "courses". Each 2-string ...


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A twelve string guitar can add some extra jangle and shimmer to your guitar playing and give you a slightly fuller (but different) sound than a six string guitar. You play them both the same way - but on a twelve string there are 6 pairs of strings tuned either in octaves (different gauge strings) or in the case of the 1st and 2nd string pairs (e and b in ...


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I've been playing a 12-string since 1971, so I'm pretty comfortable with them. When people tell you the neck can deform with the string tension, they are correct but usually it's due to using heavier gauge strings. I've owned two 12-strings so far- a Yamaha FG230 from '72 until '90, then an Ovation thin body since then. The first set of strings on the Yami ...


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You certainly can do all of the things you listed with relative ease. There aren't any real gotchas that I can think of other than the nut issue you raised. Anytime you do a major change in the string gauge you should reset the action, and as long as you get the guitar properly set up for the string gauges and tension that you are looking for it should be ...


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It's usually tuned the same way standard guitars are tuned. Except.... standard guitars are often tuned in non-standard ways, and while you'd have to adjust and balance twice the number of strings to retune a 12-string guitar into alternate tunings, I'm sure it's done by some. 12 strings is an awful lot of tension, and while guitar makers compensate (...


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I haven't played many 12-strings, but for what it's worth, most of the ones I've played had wider necks (the width of the fingerboard as measured perpendicular to the strings), which is intuitive - there are more strings to space evenly, so a wider neck is needed to retain playability (albeit doubled strings are close to each other). The fingerboard width ...


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I personally would not try it. I think it's a bad idea for several reasons. Reason One - Doubling the 4 wound (fattest strings) might put more tension on the neck than the guitar is built to handle. A Twelve string guitar already has far more tension on the neck than a six string. The fact that 12 strings add more tension is the reason many folks ...



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