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Old 08-26-2019, 07:44 AM
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An often repeated question is how many 6 string guitars do you need? I'd like to ask how many 12 string guitars do you need?

I'm (nearly) new to the 12 string,having once had a Simpon and Patrick 12 string for about a year. I got fed up with the high G string snapping and fret buzz when I tuned down to open D and G.

I've since been told that you should tune down a tone, so that should stop the 3rd string snapping.

I've got my Brett Signature 12 string in open D, tuned down 1 step.

It sounds wonderful playing finger-style blues and bottleneck. I like to play in open G and DADGAD using modal scales (dorian,aeolian and harmonic minor), but I don't want to keep retuning the 12 string.

So, should I buy another 2 12 string guitars??!!!
Need?
You only NEED one.
Unless, your primary is a 12. Then you need as many as you need.
As far as tuning woes, I generally stay away from strings that have a .008 octave G.
I also tune to standard, or half a step flat.
Big rule for me with 12s. Tune the octave G up to pitch last.
Tune it down first.
Since I started doing that, Ive broken very few octave G strings.
If none of the sets you like come with a .010 gauge G. Buy a load of singles.
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