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electronpirate
08-10-2008, 10:40 PM
Looking for one. (I'm in the process of padding out my guitar collection...)

Some of the Alvarez' look okay. Any experience? Any thing else? I don't need the top o' the line, but want good sound and reasonable playability.

Price range is @ $500.00. Will go higher if needed. Don't suggest a $1500 Martin please.

EP

electronpirate
08-10-2008, 10:41 PM
And should I expect a decent case with my price?

Supertgtr
08-11-2008, 04:46 PM
I recently picked up A 12 string Breedlove Atlas guitar. Very very nice guitar. Plays like a dream, nice electronics too.

Austinrocks
08-11-2008, 04:55 PM
I have a dunlop strummer pick that emulates a 12 string, really prefer that to having to get a 12 string since they do have limitations, this way I have the 12 string sound on any guitar. IMO this is the best bang for the buck when it comes to 12 strings.

http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y257/austinrocks/SR_sm_.jpg

N_O_VATER220
08-11-2008, 05:42 PM
I think Yamaha makes some good 12's for a decent price.

supergenius365
08-11-2008, 05:42 PM
I was all set to pick up a low/no gloss MIA Guild 12 string until somebody else got it. Really nice sounding guitar. Nice to play.

EdMan57
08-11-2008, 05:49 PM
I really like the Seagull twelve string guitars.At well under $500,they're quite reasonably priced,as well.

http://www.seagullguitars.com/productcoastcedar12.htm


Ed

studiodunn
08-11-2008, 05:56 PM
Seagull is a great acoustic at any price. Easy to find at under $500.

Ken Ho
08-11-2008, 08:39 PM
I recently picked up A 12 string Breedlove Atlas guitar. Very very nice guitar. Plays like a dream, nice electronics too.

Hey, me too !!
I was interested in the maple version, but they only had the mahogany one, and it was a lot cheaper. I am damn happy with it, but I'm thinking about downtuning it to Eb or D, as I have a dodgy left index knuckle, and it will make it a bit easier to play.

guitarfish
08-11-2008, 08:48 PM
The Takamine EG523SC12 12-String is a little higher than your price range, I think they can be gotten for around $600-650. I've played them a few times in local stores, they are pretty nice. They are maple, btw, and have on board electronics.

RichieRich
08-11-2008, 08:49 PM
breedlove atlas by far.

watchingme
08-11-2008, 08:58 PM
If you are willing to buy without trying, Music123 has Seagull and several other brands 15% off until the 14th.

kccheers
08-11-2008, 09:41 PM
+1 on the Breedlove Atlas

Kalik
08-12-2008, 02:28 AM
I found the Ibanez were better than any other 12 string of this price range.

paulscape
08-12-2008, 02:32 AM
+1 on the yamaha's...Ive played a couple of cheapie 12 strings with EQ and pickup that sounded fab. That dunlop strummer pick looks interesting.

thewhit
08-12-2008, 03:31 AM
I would look for a used Guild F212 and expect to spend between $650-$950.
Guilds have historically been well made, durable and really put out great tone.

Rhomco
08-12-2008, 08:15 AM
I have two identical old 70's/80's? Alvarez twelve strings. They are excellent in terms of playability and tone. I picked up the second one for $60.00 at a pawn shop due to a lifting bridge. Easy fix if I ever get around to it;)
Rob

stormin1155
08-12-2008, 08:40 AM
Seagull is a great acoustic at any price. Easy to find at under $500.

+1 I have a Seagull C12 (cedar top). Has a very nice neck. Sounds and plays as good as anything I've tried in the sub $600 range.

FirstBassman
08-12-2008, 04:37 PM
IMHO, for value, no contest: Martin D12X1:

http://www.martinguitar.com/guitars/choosing/guitars.php?p=z&g=n&m=D12X1

studiodunn
08-12-2008, 06:12 PM
IMHO, for value, no contest: Martin D12X1:

http://www.martinguitar.com/guitars/choosing/guitars.php?p=z&g=n&m=D12X1


It's also $900

electronpirate
08-12-2008, 06:17 PM
I guess I should have specified that I need the electronics as well. Not NEED I guess, but would like the option to play it live...

Some good answers. Kinda like those Seagull's.

Pa'ani
08-12-2008, 06:26 PM
Larrivee D Series 12 string guitars are excellent!

Funky Chicken
08-13-2008, 12:50 PM
The Breedlove is $599 @ Guitar Center now (small body mahogany with electronics)
The Martin mentioned above is $599 also at GC (no electronics)

I liked the Martin, but I'd buy the Breedlove-in fact I plan to pick one up later this month.

EdMan57
08-13-2008, 09:42 PM
...I checked my old receipts folder and it was $450, my mistake. Still a great price, and they're probably not a whole lot more now.


The Seagull Coastline Series 12 string is at around $460 street,and another $100 or so with the pickup/eq option.Btw,I still see lots of Seagull 12 string guitars [many with cases and/or electronics] on Ebay at very good prices.


Ed

edward
08-14-2008, 01:31 AM
Great thread, and very timely for me.

Question: which of these already mentioned (or any sub-$1K 12 string) can be kept at regular pitch, and has a neck that is more toward the svelt side (for a 12, anyway)? I am no fan of baseball bats. TIA!!

Edward

alvagoldbook
08-14-2008, 02:01 AM
I've played a few Fender acoustics that were decent 12 strings. I'm not really an acoustic guy, so maybe my ear isn't too well tuned for what to listen for, but that's the best I can offer. I've always dug Ovations, even they're cheapy stuff. I think you can get a good 12 string for your price range with those two brands.

EdMan57
08-14-2008, 07:27 AM
Great thread, and very timely for me.

Question: which of these already mentioned (or any sub-$1K 12 string) can be kept at regular pitch, and has a neck that is more toward the svelt side (for a 12, anyway)? I am no fan of baseball bats. TIA!!

Edward

Again,I go back to the Seagull.The one my friend had held it's tune quite well,and I remember that the relatively slim neck and narrower nut width felt just right for my rather stubby digits.Plus it's solid cedar top and non-gloss stain finish gave the guitar a nice,mellow roundness to the higher frquencies.

Ed

FirstBassman
08-14-2008, 05:20 PM
It's also $900


No, it's not.
Not in the States anyway.
The Martin D12X1 is $600.

edward
08-15-2008, 12:55 AM
Thanks, Ed, for the headsup on the seagull. I may just have to check one out. Avail at local GCs??

As for the Martin D12X1 ...how is the tone and play on these? Are they stable/safe tuned to reg pitch and kept that way? Neck on the fat side or narrow sider (for a 12, anyway)? And while we're at it, is laminate (like the back/sides of the D12) unavoidable at this price point?? TIA!!!

Edward

EdMan57
08-15-2008, 07:45 AM
Thanks, Ed, for the headsup on the seagull. I may just have to check one out. Avail at local GCs??
Edward

While sister retailers Musician's Friend and Music123 carry the line,I don't believe that I have seen any new Seagull's at either one of my local Guitar Center stores...though I could be wrong about such.Btw,I saw a couple of Seagull 12 strings go for really cheap on Ebay the last day or two.Both looked in great shape and had hardshell cases,as well.

Ed

edward
08-16-2008, 12:41 AM
Hey Ed, Thanks :)

Edward

Zhurh
08-16-2008, 12:51 AM
A buddy of mine has been buyin Arias of late. He picked up a nice used 12 string Aria for 200; quite nice.