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BodomBeachTerror  
4 Nov 2009 22:07 | Quote
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has anyone else played 12 stringed acoustics? are they much harder to play then a normal acoustic or is it a big difference? as in chording and hammer-ons, not really asking about sound difference
case211  
4 Nov 2009 23:03 | Quote
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from what I can say, its not really any different, just feels a little bit wierder having the other strings on there.
I wish I could have bought this Fender 12 string I saw for sale on CL a couple weeks ago, I love the sound of those 12 strings.
BodomBeachTerror  
4 Nov 2009 23:16 | Quote
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yea i was lookin at a fender one on musicians friend
case211  
4 Nov 2009 23:22 | Quote
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they are definitely something I would love to own one day, I freaking love the sound of a good 12 string acoustic, like Boston's acoustic stuff.
Guitarslinger124  
5 Nov 2009 00:35 | Quote
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I own one...They can be tricky to play, however, you just have to get used to it. They do sound ultra rad though man.
fender_bender  
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12's are great. It does take some getting used to. I hear some say that the skin on your fingers can get pinched in between the strings. I haven't played on enough to find out. I've always wanted on though.
carlsnow  
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BodomBeachTerror says:
has anyone else played 12 stringed acoustics? are they much harder to play then a normal acoustic or is it a big difference? as in chording and hammer-ons, not really asking about sound difference


since i was 15, lol, after waiting 5 or 6 years and washing a million cars/mowing a million lawns.

Big Acoustic 12 Strings have a sound like nothing else on the planet!
Ya GOTTA love 'em!
Sure they are a bit harder to bend, and stuff like that , but hey! yer using twice (almost) the tension!
I Used to have a Fender Strat 12 String but it was killed in 1986 or so...
Still have (at studio now) a thick bodied Martin 12-String and still love playing it as much as day one.
my "other" guitarist , Mike, has no Ac-12 (shame!!) but lets me play his 1967 Rickenbacker semi-hollowbody 12 string, which is more than a treat!
but
as to the "hard" question.
if you've been playing your acoustic git diligently for a few years, (as little as 3-5 yrs, max!thats all!)taking care to strengthen the hands and super-harden yer callouses and widen your chordal vocabulary, there should be no problem at all with the mechanics of playing the 12, only the fine-tuning of your approach. 'the little stuff'.

Hope that Helped

RAWK!
Cs
gx1327  
5 Nov 2009 10:09 | Quote
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they take twice as long to tune... :'(
raptorclaws  
5 Nov 2009 10:51 | Quote
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gx1327 says:
they take twice as long to tune... :'(


If only!

I'm not a fan of 12 strings but I also don't like ice cream. Each to their own. I prefer a grittier, less 'bright' sound.

If set up correctly, they aren't that difficult to play if you are mostly strumming chords. Actually it's easy to forget it's a 12 string after a few minutes. Finger picking, etc is a different story. 12 strings have their place but I wouldn't recommend as a first or second guitar. For a second guitar, I'd go with a different sounding six string or a classical guitar.
BodomBeachTerror  
5 Nov 2009 11:10 | Quote
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yea i was listening to Srv's unplugged songs. and i was like dang i want my guitar to sound like that

ill probably get one someday


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