Question For Those With 12 String Acoustics?

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  1. stevierayfan91

    stevierayfan91 Deeply SHY. Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Hi, buddies

    Do any of Tom Petty's songs require a 12 string acoustic ?

    I found an gently used Made in Mexico Martin X-Series 12 string with solid spruce top for $475 .

    Wondered if it might be neat to have a 12 string ?
     
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    Definitely neat to have a 12 string... While I'm not sure about any of TP's recorded material using an acoustic one..any one using that 12 string Rickenbacker would sound just as good done acoustically.
     
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    since you're a fan...check this out...

     
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    Tom used 12 string acoustic and rickenbacker pretty often. For example in Free falling or I won't back down I believe also, and others. It's neat to have a 12 string.
     
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    Nevermind...
     
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    12 string was the only acoustic I owned from around 1978 until 1995.
     
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    Bowmap I nose a thang or two Gold Member

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    I have a 40 year old I bought new. I have another around here some place. Because there are 5 extra thin gauge strings (ie more treble) I like big bodies that help bring the bottom end out.
     
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    This is another
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    12s always produce the unique....
    Oh
    Well...
     
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    Hi, @wrvond

    That was a generous offer.

    I was just hesitant to accept cause thought I should ponder if 12 string was fully needed by me.
     
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    I have a relatively cheap Yamaha electro-acoustic these days, and I'd say it's a useful addition to the arrangements I record. It's also easier to play than the Rickenbacker I had at one time, and a little more versatile than the Danelectro 12-string I had for a while. So, you don't need to throw a lot of money at this to get a new dimension to your arrangements.

    Be prepared to give your fingertips a hard time! I find that I need to play the 12-string almost every day, or the tips of my fingers start to shed the hard calluses I've built up. :eek:
     
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    12 strings do improve hand strength. At least your fretting hand.
     
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    It is neat to have a 12-string. Two acoustics and an electric.

    A lot of songs are cool with one. For me, it is a thing best used occasionally. I’m guessing Leo Kotke would disagree, but he has way more talent than me.
     
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    I wouldn't recommend purchasing a Rickenbacker 12 string before owning at least one or two other 12 strings with wider nut widths first, and getting real familiar with the finger pressure.

    The Ric 12's are their own thing, comparitively narrow nut widths, and Tom Petty's 620/12 may have had the slightly wider nut width to most Ric 12's, but it's also a solid body.

    The modern sought after semihollow Ric 12 with the wide nut is a 1993 Plus. Rarer than hens teeth too. If you see one for sale, play it. If you like it, pay whatever they are asking for it. You can sell it the same day for more than you paid...
     
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    Hi, @JB74


    I would say I definitely don't have enough $ for Rickenbacker/rare one.

    The one I am pondering is an Martin X-Series/MIM Martin that is pre-owned.
     
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    I would absolutely buy a martin 12 string. nothing wrong with them!

    If it is a fair price and you've shopped around a little, try it out and see if you like the feel.
     
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    I'm not a 12 string owner, but I've played a few, Yamaha, takaminini, and taylor. I gotta say the only one I would own was the taylor. Not sure if it's the neck profile or what. I have 6 string Yamaha and takamines I play almost weekly but it's a way different feel.
    I think if you bond with a particular 12 string go for it, but there's a lot of damn guitars out there and they're all fun to play.
    Decisions on you, brother.

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    This is were a 12 string is good.