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Roger Rettig


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Post  Posted 19 Mar 2018 12:34 pm    
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I spent more than I wanted to but this thing is in great shape, has a super-low action and very good electrics.

It's one of the Takamine so-called 'Lawsuit' guitars (because they so resembled Martins, headstock and all) but it has a solid top and terrific intonation.

I really can't got too excited about it because I don't much care for 12-string guitars but, as I have to have one, it's as well to have a good one.

Here's the link. I got it for $529 including shipping so I was able to deal a little bit.

https://reverb.com/my/buying/orders/3339360
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Dave Mudgett


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Central Pennsylvania
Post  Posted 19 Mar 2018 1:23 pm    
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The Takamine lawsuits I’ve played were fine guitars.

If anything falls through on that, a pretty nice D’Angelico 12-string acoustic/electric JUST popped up as stupid deal on musicians friend a few minutes ago. Cutaway, sunburst, fishman electronics onboard, at $299 no case, normally $499. Looked good enough to grab one. I’m like you w 12-string acoustics: they serve a purpose but I never like to have a lot of money in one.
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Ian Rae


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Redditch, England
Post  Posted 19 Mar 2018 3:48 pm    
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Roger, I detest 12-strings but I'm happy for you just the same!
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Joachim Kettner


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Post  Posted 20 Mar 2018 11:39 am    
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Fred Neil, Tim Buckley, Roger McGuinn were my heroes. Early English hits like "Lover's Of The World Unite" had a twelfe string. How can you ever detest these Ian?
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Ian Rae


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Post  Posted 20 Mar 2018 11:57 am    
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Perhaps "detest" is too strong a word but I find them too thick-sounding. When I was a producer I dreaded how long it would take to get them in tune, even if you could persuade the player to try. I don't like octave doubling at all. Stravinsky disliked organs for the same reason.

Anyway, I was mostly being happy that Roger had found a decent instrument at a good price. Like Dave said, you don't want to tie up money in something that's not important to you, but neither do you want to struggle with rubbish. I had similar luck with a euphonium lately; I don't play often but I might as well enjoy it when I do Smile
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David Mason


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Post  Posted 20 Mar 2018 6:19 pm    
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No, I think "detest" is a fine, fine choice. The entire intrigue, romance, vibe, mojo of the things are based around the idea that they're never, ever actually going to be perfectly in tune. Which is now "interesting." I get the same sort of mojo-esque vibe from $400 fuzztones - but, wait a minute, aren't they supposed to sound awful? Cheap & raunchy? Well, yes, the awfuller the better. Maybe it's more like vibe-esque mojo then? Components handpirated by Burberry pirates, each one hand-assembled by 11th-generation secret Tibitan Shaolin fuzz-monks, who are put to death at the end of every production run. Except... except... when you get to the mostest specialistically bestest overdrive/distortion pedals, zee ne plus ultra, the best ones are like, the Klon Centaur and the "Timmy" by... hmm. Timmy? The Timmy and the Klon are especially ultra-esque because... they hardly do anything at all! It's like an overdrive pedal that doesn't work very well, so OF COURSE it's worth $4,379.83! ANYbody can make cheap crap pedals that merely sound like cheap crap! Well, DUH.
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