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I recently purchased a new Epiphone 12 string acoustic dreadnought. It played well in the store, but was in need of a truss rod adjustments. I made a 3/4 tightening turn on the truss rod to bring the neck into prime playing position. It plays great with he exception of the F barr chord; it is nearly impossible to fret all 12 strings on the first fret. Has anyone else experienced this problem and what was the remedy?
#4
A lot of 12 string players tune down either a half step or a full step, then use a capo to make up for the difference. This helps deal with the extra tension caused by the extra strings. It's better for your guitar and should be easier to play.
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Quote by drknbrew
I recently purchased a new Epiphone 12 string acoustic dreadnought. It played well in the store, but was in need of a truss rod adjustments. I made a 3/4 tightening turn on the truss rod to bring the neck into prime playing position. It plays great with he exception of the F barr chord; it is nearly impossible to fret all 12 strings on the first fret. Has anyone else experienced this problem and what was the remedy?
It's got twice as many strings, so press harder.

If it's any consolation, I never play 12 strings tuned to E-e. It's too much work, and the action has to be LAPWOB, along with the nut slots being cut absolutely perfectly. Even at that, there's 250 lbs. of string tension, so you still have to press harder.

FWIW, I don't listen to all the macho fools who claim they can play in E standard. Even Leo Kotke, a 12 string specialist, suggested tuning down a minor 3rd to C#-c#. In spite of that, he took a few years off from carpal tunnel syndrome, ostensibly acquired by way of chronic 12 string overdose.

So, tune to D-d, and use a capo. That makes top nut clearance a non issue, although for best tuning results, you'll need to try your hand at tuning with the capo in place.

12 string actions should be set very low, probably no more than .100", and softer picks are called for. Otherwise, you're liable to be dealing with a lot of over driven garbage. The playing touch is way different, (toward lighter), from an acoustic 6 string, that's for sure.