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 Post subject: 12 string stringing pattern
 Post Posted: Mon Sep 12, 2005 8:57 am 
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I have owned several 12 string guitars and recently purchased a ricky 360/12.This is the first(only) 12-string I have ever seen where the lowest(12th)string is the low "E" instead of the high (octave) "E".Same for "A", "D" and "G" strings.Is this unique to Rickenbacker 12's or did I get something weird?If it supposed to be this way, why does only Rickenbacker do it this way? Thanks for any help!


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 Post subject: Re: 12 string stringing pattern
 Post Posted: Mon Sep 12, 2005 10:09 am 
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There's nothing wrong with your Ric, Mike, the reverse stringing is standard. I LOVE it.

It makes playing riffs feel more natural, having the fat strings on top. Upstrokes and downstrokes are different than you're used to but you'll come to love it.


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 Post subject: Re: 12 string stringing pattern
 Post Posted: Tue Sep 13, 2005 4:47 am 
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If you think about it, it's the most logical way. Your fingers approach the neck from the bottom and assume an angle against the fingerboard that roughly equates to the angle across the top of the strings. In other words, it's slightly easier to play.

Also, we felt the 12 string effect was to be a subtle enhancement, not an in-your-face effect, so this arrangement still emphasizes the standard guitar strings with the harmony strings secondary.


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 Post subject: Re: 12 string stringing pattern
 Post Posted: Tue Sep 13, 2005 5:59 am 
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There's no mistaking the sound of a Rickenbacker 12 string.


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 Post subject: Re: 12 string stringing pattern
 Post Posted: Tue Sep 13, 2005 10:27 pm 
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It depends on how you want to play. Myself I tend to play down with the thumb and up with the fingers, which just wouldn't work the "other" way (I've tried it). Most people who write about 12-strings seem to assume that we all play downstrokes with a pick, in which case the "other" way might be more logical.

About a year ago I saw for sale a 330/12 on which a previous owner had reversed the stringing to be "normal". Besides deliberately making the instrument sound less like itself, he'd made a hash of the nut in the process. What strange motivations some people must have...


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 Post subject: Re: 12 string stringing pattern
 Post Posted: Wed Sep 14, 2005 2:45 am 
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About a year ago I saw for sale a 330/12 on which a previous owner had reversed the stringing to be "normal". Besides deliberately making the instrument sound less like itself, he'd made a hash of the nut in the process. What strange motivations some people must have...

I had the same experience with someone who was _extremely_ proud of having reversed the string-pair order. I didn't have the heart to tell them how crummy I thought their guitar sounded. The octave string following the normal string is the hallmark of the terrific Ric 12-string sound.


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 Post subject: Re: 12 string stringing pattern
 Post Posted: Wed Sep 14, 2005 11:47 pm 
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As a kid, I remember the first 12 string I messed around on (an acoustic) and thinking, "Why are the skinny strings first?" I never understood that. The Ric stringing always made more sense. Plus there's some really cool tricks you can do with it.


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 Post subject: Re: 12 string stringing pattern
 Post Posted: Tue Sep 20, 2005 4:27 am 
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Plus there's some really cool tricks you can do with it.
Please share some of these tricks!!


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 Post subject: Re: 12 string stringing pattern
 Post Posted: Wed Sep 21, 2005 12:39 pm 
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Let me get this straight...

On a Ric, the stringing pattern from bottom to top is-

Low E (big string)
Octave E (little string)
Low A (big)
Octave A (little)
Low D (big)
Octave D (little)
Low G (big)
Octave G (little)
B
B (same gauge)
E
E (Same gauge)

am I correct? If so, then that is the only way I have ever known how to string a 12. I used to have an acoustic until someone borrowed it one day without asking and never brought it back (how rude...)

I can't imagine it the other way around...


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 Post subject: Re: 12 string stringing pattern
 Post Posted: Wed Sep 21, 2005 1:20 pm 
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U got it ! ! ! REVERSE STRUNG . . . and as far as I know RIC's are the ONLY production ones that are . . .


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