12 String for less than 500

mightytaco

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What are some good guitars to look at. I really want to get a 12 string, but I don't know who makes the best ones. Please help me out.
 

franksguitar

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I think you need another 200 bucks. Alot of good choices in that price range . I have a Takamine I got for around $650 new that sounds great. In that range is Breedlove, Yamaha, Ovation. For $500 you may get something like an Alvarez, Dean or lesser brand.
 

getbent

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acoustic--> find a used takamine 70's 12.. they are sweet and about 375.00

electric--> olp or get the fender 12 or used squier venus 12 these'll range you from 250-450.00
 

bunuel

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Keep an eye out for Yamaha acoustic 12s from the '80s--the FG 460 & FG461 12 strings are consistently xlnt & can be found for around $300-$400. They give stuff in the $900 range a run for the money. Another option is very beat ol guilds, if you don't care about cosmetics...If you look long & hard you can find 'em for around $500.
 

bynt

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I second the Seagulls and would add a Norman Patrick (I think they're the same company).
 

teletaylor

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+1 for a Seagull! Not solid wood in back or sides but solid cedar top, good action, and overall high quality!
 

googoobaby

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I have a Yamaha FG720S 12 string that cost me ~$200 new. It's really an excellent instrument for the money.
 

george4908

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At this price range, the results are so variable that I think you just need to play a bunch until you hit one that sounds and feels right, regardless of the make or model. I remember stumbling upon a cheap Dillion one day with a body and top that looked like some sort of ash, don't know whether it was or not, but for the price it sounded remarkably good -- full and relatively balanced, with good jangle. Tried a few others and, nope, they didn't cut it. Guitars are complex systems, and sometimes things just come together, regardless of the price range. Sometimes you luck out.
 

TAVD

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A while back, I bought a used Guild D4-12 for under $500 that sounded very nice.
 
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Had a Yairi DY68 which was wonderful, giannini craviola which was just plan cool looking/sounding They can be had easily in this price range...




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