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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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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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12-string guitars going back 100 years ago were usually tuned to low C, a third below the standard tuning for the guitar. This is what the famous blues musician Leadbelly played. Many other folk musicians, notably Pete Seeger, played a lower-tuned baritone 12-string acoustic guitar as well. Noel Paul Stookey of Peter, Paul and Mary used this C-tuning on his ...


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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 posses a recently reissued danelectro dc 59-12 and it serves my musical needs very well, which happen to be playing a jangly lead guitar in a psychobilly/garage band called the Arkhams. listen to our recording of 'worst enemy' for what it sounds like. i didnt even mod mine what so ever and its pretty dead on right out of the box for me. believe me, id be ...



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