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What is the point of 12 string electric guitars?

The point isn't volume - several 12 string guitars I've had have been no louder than the 6ers. Doubling of strings isn't actually it. It's only the top two which are doubled. The lower four are ...
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Tune high B and E strings one octave apart like the other strings?

Why are they tuned like this? Unlike the rest of strings Simply put because there aren't any strings made that can go high enough without breaking. Could this be achieved with the standard set of ...
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What is the point of 12 string electric guitars?

The point is to hear courses of strings doubled either in octaves or unisons. It doesn't matter if it's electric or acoustic, you will hear the doubled strings. I don't think there will be much ...
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Would my 12 string guitar break if i added pairs of strings instead of octaves and removed the last low-E string?

All strings on a guitar are at approximately the same tension, +/- 15% ish. The fact that you put, say, an extra ordinary A string in place of the octave A won't make much difference, as the octave ...
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Can I re-string my 12 string guitar with strings of different octaves?

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 ...
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What do you think of attempting to tune an Acoustic 12-string one full step up?

I recommend against doing this. It's been my experience that the octave G string is the most likely to break, and tuning it up would make that even more of a problem. I agree that transposing (as Tim ...
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How to Overcome High Action/Heavy Gauge Strings on a 12-string?

It is possible to set the action of a 12 string to be very low and be adjusted for very light gauge strings, but you lose volume and tone. I have set up an acoustic 12 string to play like an electric,...
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Can I re-string my 12 string guitar with strings of different octaves?

This is extremely common in Mexican music, the artist will use pairs of the same strings and take off the 2nd low E string and play with 11 strings, of course, if you do this you will still need to ...
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Would my 12 string guitar break if i added pairs of strings instead of octaves and removed the last low-E string?

Tim is correct about the tension. As long as you tune each pair of strings in unison vs octaves, you will not alter the overall tension significantly by using pairs of strings that are each the same ...
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12 String guitar going out of tune around the 8th fret on the high e, b and g

It's all but impossible to play 12 strings in tune. The problem is usually the intonation. Each string needs to be a subtly different length - even on a humble 6 string, you'll notice each saddle is ...
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What do you think of attempting to tune an Acoustic 12-string one full step up?

A set of .008s will do the job and a .007 for the octave G will be o.k. What I don't understand is why it needs to be tuned non-standard, or up a tone. Changing the key might solve a vocal range ...
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12 string tuning to DADGAD

Your numbers are off by one, it would be D3 D2 etc. The note D1 is a step below the range of a bass in standard tuning. Also, most 12 string guitars have the G (3rd) string in octaves, not unisons. ...
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What is the point of 12 string electric guitars?

As others have said, volume isn’t the point. A 12-string guitar, whether acoustic or electric, is meant to achieve the chorus effect. Think about what a chorus pedal does. It delays the sound and ...
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Tune high B and E strings one octave apart like the other strings?

On a normal 12-string, the thinnest string is the octave G, and is usually a 0.008" (aka "an 8"). The thinnest readily available string gauge is 0.007". They don't make strings thin enough to resonate ...
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Why are these guitars strung this way?

Don't think it's any more than there's only the two ways to go, and Mr.(Herr?) Rickenbacker decided to go the other way. If anything, for strumming, it's slightly more effective, as the lowest note ...
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Is there an advantage to medium gauge over light if I'm not adding tension?

I'm not sure you'd have the same tension there - you'd need to use one of the tension calculators - but yes, changes will include: a thinner tone (perhaps not much, though, so don't let this be a ...
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What do you think of attempting to tune an Acoustic 12-string one full step up?

You can do this, but I would refrain from doubling the g- (i.e. actually a-) string an octave up then. I have tried playing a .007 tuned up to a' for a while, but it was short-lived and really pretty ...
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Can I play a 12 string like a 6 string guitar?

I don’t know what music you play but I use all six strings on my guitar. I play rock blues country and blue grass although I freely admit I’m not a 12 string player. The 12 string is a different ...
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