Many like to tune a 12 string 1/2 to 1 full step down. I understand it reduces tension, reduces breaking the high G string and/or allows you to run thicker gauges for a fuller sound.
However I normally run the capo on the 2nd fret. It works but I always have problems getting the capo fully set on the 12 string, and I don't like the sound as much as playing the guitar normally. So I'd like to tune it 1 full step up and then not have to use the capo.
So I've ordered an extra light set of strings that start at .008. I hear this will work but that I may have to go with two standard G strings rather than the high G (which would actually be playing high A)
But to experiment I also ordered a few individual .007 strings, hoping I can get to that octave high A, and also hoping to reduce chances of breaking the high E (one step up to F) strings too.
I understand the sound will be weaker. This is a slight concern for me finger picking but when I strum with standard strings the my guitar is actually too loud for my voice, so I think I probably won't mind a quieter guitar overall.
And I'm very much a thumb strummer. I don't use a pick and I don't bend the strings or move them up the fretboard too far. I hope to get more versatile at some point but will worry about that later.
So I wonder your thoughts as I go into this experiment? Meanwhile I've tried a few capos and never been happy, but I have ordered a new 12-string specific capo as well, as I may be going back to one if the experiment fails, and I still like to use a capo to go even higher if need be.
I'd appreciate your thoughts?