#1
Hi there,
This is my first post, and I hope it is one of many. My question is about 12-string acoustic (or acoustic-electric) guitars. More specifically, I'd like to buy one. This is my first acoustic, but I've been playing the electric guitar for about 2 and a half years now (I've currently got a Gibson Les Paul Junior). I'd like to buy one which would have similar tonal properties to that of the one Brian May used in the 1986 Queen concert when he played 'Love of My Life'. The problem is, I don't know where to start with acoustic guitars. Electric guitars I'm fine with - I know what guitars give what sort of tones.

My top-end budget would be around the £200 mark (around $320). Once I learn whether or not I get along with the 12 string, I'll upgrade, so to speak. Any advice would be very much appreciated.

Kindest regards,
Henry
#2
Have you played much 12 string guitar before? Acoustics tend to be harder to play than electrics, and 12 strings even more so! Tricky blighters, 12 strings...

For £200, you probably won't get much of a 12 string, even on the used market. Vintage make one around that price, as do Fender, but I've not played them so I can't offer much advice as to if they're any good.
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#4
waldens tend to make nice budget guitars - perhaps you could find this one somewhere a bit cheaper http://www.thomann.de/gb/walden_d552.htm

here's one from cort
http://www.thomann.de/gb/cort_earth_7012.htm
i'm not as thrilled with the cort solid tops as some, but i expect this will be well made - their guitars usually are - and not too bad tonally. or save your pennies, look for some holiday sales and perhaps this would be what you're looking for
http://www.thomann.de/gb/cort_earth_7012e.htm

also there's a 12 string version of the yamaha 720. the 720 isn't a bad guitar, sounds pretty nice, but i haven't seen the 12 string version in person http://www.thomann.de/gb/yamaha_fg_720s12_nt.htm

keep in mind that a setup will make whatever guitar you play MUCH easier to play, which is important with a 12 string.
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#5
There is a 12 string Oscar Schmidt by Washburn that I have that is just phenomenal. It was about 300 USD and I cannot say enough good things about it.
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#6
Quote by patticake
waldens tend to make nice budget guitars - perhaps you could find this one somewhere a bit cheaper http://www.thomann.de/gb/walden_d552.htm

keep in mind that a setup will make whatever guitar you play MUCH easier to play, which is important with a 12 string.

Walden seems to have copied their 12 string headstock design from Seagull.

Seagull pitches their headstock as being, a "straight pull" on the strings.
and go on to say that it helps keep the instrument in tune.

With 12 strings, "easier to play", is of course, a relative term.
#7
Thank you for all your advice. I'll keep all of it in mind, and will now probably wait until after Christmas to get it
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