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 Post subject: Re: Tuning a 12 string
 Post Posted: Mon Oct 17, 2011 4:49 pm 
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I would tune to standard. The EAD and G pairs are an octave apart on pretty much every 12 string I've ever played. The thicker strings are tuned as normal, and the thinner an octave above. The B and high E strings are to be tuned to the same pitch, the same pitch as you would use on a 6 string, but just with twice as many strings.


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 Post subject: Re: Tuning a 12 string
 Post Posted: Tue Oct 18, 2011 2:27 am 
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Interesting topic...
I believe the Byrds and Beatles 12-string Ric sound is achieved with unison tuning
Potentially the octave tuning would be richer in harmonics...but may be more appropriate on an acoustic....


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 Post subject: Re: Tuning a 12 string
 Post Posted: Tue Oct 18, 2011 10:36 am 
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I just finished putting on four of the twelve strings on: Had the pleasure of putting the top/low E right through the skin on my thumb. I bled on the headstock... Peter Buck would be proud.

If I ever make enough bucks to travel to California on a regular basis, I'm getting Jingle_Jangle to help with this; this is murder on me. :D


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 Post subject: Re: Tuning a 12 string
 Post Posted: Tue Oct 18, 2011 12:40 pm 
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By the way, and I apologize for the double post... I strung My 620/12 with the low strings: .046, .036, .026, .017, .013, and .10 (The difference is in the catalog the "compressed round wounds" are 42-34-26-20-13-10) and the harmony strings: 26-17-17-10-13-10 (Catalog suggests 26-20-13-10-13-10). I can't see or hear a reason for adjusting the intonation; it sounds fine up and down the neck: The gauges are just a little tougher.

I don't know if this is a bad thing, but I don't notice a difference.


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 Post subject: Re: Tuning a 12 string
 Post Posted: Thu Jan 05, 2012 6:10 pm 
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Has anyone had any experience with Polyhedron Gold flatwounds on a Ric?


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