Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by BlackTele, Jun 24, 2008.
Besides a Fender XII, who makes a good solid body 12 string guitar?
Ric 660-12, same as the Tom Petty model, but without the name. The biggest plus on this model is the wider neck. I find the necks on most rics too narrow.
I've got a Strat XII which is pretty nice but I've also had two different newer Danos.
The Hoodad model had a 7 position rotary switch and could also be switched from single coil to humbucker. Single coil sounded best and the rotary switch could get some very good Ric sounds.
The second Dano didn't have the switch or the humbucker option.
Both guitars had nice wide necks, stayed in tune well and sounded very good.
The Hoodad especially. I should have kept it.
Jerry Jones makes a better quality guitar but I had no problems with either Dano and paid a lot less.
+1 for Jerry Jones. I just bought one and I love it. I'm not sure I consider Danelectros and their kin to be solid bodies, though.
PRS makes a really nice upscale solidbody 12-string
Veillette. This is mine. Best musical instrument purchase of my life.
+1 They're pretty much the cat's meow. They have a much wider fingerboard than the Fender or Rik choices, and have a lot of cool pickup switching options as well.
Johnny Poe? I knew a Johnny Poe from Abilene, Texas back in the day.
Here's a few more. I find the best neck width for most people to be 1-11/16. A bit wider than a Ric or a vintage Tele.
Even with their design flaws, to me, Rickenbacker is the 12 string sound...often imitated but never duplicated .
Another +1 for the PRS 12. The best 12-string I've ever played...
Used to live in Huntsville, shop manager at Kendrick Amps these days.
Where can I find a neck and bridge to make a conversion?
Here's one option...
Don't know about the bridge.
paddle head necks from a retired aftermarket neck builder for my necks. The bridges I use all have Gotoh saddles for intonability on every string. My bridge baseplates are custom modded blanks. You can get the Gotoh 12 string bridge ready to use for hardtail type applications.
Good luck on your project,
The Danelectro reissues are cool retro sounding and can be had pretty cheap.
The Strat XII is a safe option if you like strat sounds, but it's not terribly distinctive.
The Ricks are the classic sound, but they are like taming a tiger. You have to have the right amp. The nut width can be a bit cramped on a lot of them. And they are a booger to string up.