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Old 01-31-2013, 11:12 PM
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Question yamaha fg312 12 string

thinking about an older brand name 12 string (read: cheap). not looking for that jangley sound, more of a boxy tone--leadbelly-type
nice fat neck, prefer 12 fret. slot-head a big plus
i spotted one of these on line & the looks intrigue me, but i know nothing
of this. i do know the ones ive seen are within my price range
i would expect all lamanite, & a set up would be essential, but can anyone add any more information?
sound, construction, etc...
is $200.00 plus shipping okay, or would it be a waste of time & money?
just nosing around & really missing my 12'er
thank you for your responses
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Old 01-31-2013, 11:53 PM
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I bought a 312 II off ebay a few months ago. Paid less than the one you are considering. It plays well and sounds pretty good. It is a bit jangly but not as much as others that I have heard. It also seems a bit on the quiet side to be, but I don't use a pick. I did try a pick on it when first purchased and it was pretty loud. You can't finger pick it-the strings are really close together. All in all it is the most fun you can get for less than $150. Just my $.02
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Old 02-01-2013, 07:48 PM
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thank you Mike--let me ask; are the courses too close together, or are the strings themselves too close together & is this at the nut or nut & saddle? im sorry if i soundl ike im obsessing (i probably am), but im
really curious & very interested. never seen one up close & personal.
only pictures & not very good ones at that
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Old 02-01-2013, 08:45 PM
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thinking about an older brand name 12 string (read: cheap). not looking for that jangley sound, more of a boxy tone--leadbelly-type
nice fat neck, prefer 12 fret. slot-head a big plus
i spotted one of these on line & the looks intrigue me, but i know nothing
of this. i do know the ones ive seen are within my price range
i would expect all lamanite, & a set up would be essential, but can anyone add any more information?
sound, construction, etc...
is $200.00 plus shipping okay, or would it be a waste of time & money?
just nosing around & really missing my 12'er
thank you for your responses
$200 is on the high side, considering that you'll have to have the neck reset either A) yesterday, or B) tomorrow. I don't mean to run down plywood Yamahas, as I do lots of work on them, and own several myself.
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Old 02-02-2013, 12:09 AM
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It isn't the courses but the strings. This would be at the bridge/soundhole area where the picking is done. I have tiny hands so the fretting hand isn't bothered by the closeness. I can easily finger pick a guitar with a 1 11/16 nut width including my baby Taylor, but cannot finger pick this-but I bought it to be my "strummer" and it is good for that. As to a neck re-set --this guitar is over 30 years old and doesn't need one. I have it tuned a step low to keep some of the tension off and then capo at the first fret for playing. Hope this helps.

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$200 is on the high side, considering that you'll have to have the neck reset either A) yesterday, or B) tomorrow. I don't mean to run down plywood Yamahas, as I do lots of work on them, and own several myself.
Lots of people like that on here, running things down but "not meaning to"
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