#1
I'm 99% sure I'm getting a 12-string next month-ish. I have have a few questions/concerns.

  • Are they difficult to string?
  • Are they difficult to tune?
  • How do they sound with capos?


thank you
#2
Congrats. Welcome to the club.

1. Not really, Only difference is that it takes longer than a six stringer.. (Obvs)
2. Nope.
3. Same as any other guitar. Great.
#3
just got mine a week ago,tuned up great,great online sites make it very easyto tune if its not acoustic electric,im lazy so when due for string change id prob just get it serviced,be a pain in ass to change 12 strings thats for sure
#4
1. No more difficult than a 6 string. Just takes twice as long.
2. No more so than a 6 string. Just takes twice as long.
3. Varies from guitar to guitar obviously. But capos work just fine on 12 string guitars if that's your concern.
#5
Ya *may* need a 12-string capo. I went with a Shubb deluxe (?) Not only a longer bar; but a roller instead of nub fulcrum. No more spendy that that useless POS G7 self-locker!

Some/most 12's tend to get a bit "thin" sounding at higher registers. Not quite so bad on the first 4 or 5 frets, tho. They, like *most* acoustics, are meant to resonate best with open chords.

Enjoy!
#6
What are the significance of the smaller strings next to the EADGBE strings? are they all the same tunings or octaves of the strings? I only have a brief time playing one but was in awe the entire time
#7
^--Tuned traditionally the 'twin' of the four thickest strings is an octave above, the 'twin' of the two thinnest strings are tuned to the same pitch.
#8
If you get a locking capo you won't have any issues. Spring-loaded ones might not cut it- you'll need one made for a 12-string.

My Breedlove 12 is incredibly easy to play. I put light Elixirs on it. They are very easy to tune and sound beautiful. My recommendation is to tune the B and E 2nd string a few cents higher/lower than the first string to give it a wider sound. If you tune the B and E strings perfectly in unison they don't have a wide sound.

You'll thank me later
#9
Quote by CV334
If you get a locking capo you won't have any issues. Spring-loaded ones might not cut it- you'll need one made for a 12-string.

My Breedlove 12 is incredibly easy to play. I put light Elixirs on it. They are very easy to tune and sound beautiful. My recommendation is to tune the B and E 2nd string a few cents higher/lower than the first string to give it a wider sound. If you tune the B and E strings perfectly in unison they don't have a wide sound.

You'll thank me later



I have a Planetwave NS so i might be alright because it's kinda long. I strictly use bronze strings though;i hate phos. bronze. Thanks for the tip!

How does the action differentiate from a 6 string?
#10
Quote by danieliwasko
I have a Planetwave NS so i might be alright because it's kinda long. I strictly use bronze strings though;i hate phos. bronze. Thanks for the tip!

How does the action differentiate from a 6 string?


It took a little while to get used to it. You obviously need to put down more force to fret properly, but this particular 12 was set up nicely. I can't play it quite as quick as my Takamine 6, but it makes up for it when I use a thin pick and let the notes ring.