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Old 06-24-2011, 04:59 PM
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Default Tried a Martin D12X1AE...

So, I tried a Martin D12x1AE (12 string acoustic/electric). I was stunned. It sounded great. It wasn't as chimy as other 12 strings nor as 'tinny' as other models in that price range ($600). It had some depth to it.

FYI: It has a solid spruce top, HPL b/s, and a stratabond neck.

What's others impressions of this guitar?
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Old 06-24-2011, 07:00 PM
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Although I've always been a Martin fan, I never thought I'd buy an HPL Martin until I played a D12x1AE. Pretty amazing guitar for the money. Good tone and the best 12-String neck I've ever played.

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Old 06-24-2011, 09:04 PM
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Played it at GC some time ago. It was love at first sight right after i strummed a few open chords. I'm not ready for a 12 yet, but when i am....that's the one i'll be buying.
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Old 06-24-2011, 10:02 PM
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Although I've always been a Martin fan, I never thought I'd buy an HPL Martin until I played a D12x1AE. Pretty amazing guitar for the money. Good tone and the best 12-String neck I've ever played.

Bud
I hear you Bud. I'm in the market for a 12-string and I'm seriously thinking about this one. My mind was set on an all solid wood in the $1200 range.
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Old 06-25-2011, 04:48 AM
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"..My mind was set on an all solid wood in the $1200 range..."

You could get a couple of them for that.

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Old 06-25-2011, 08:35 AM
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"..My mind was set on an all solid wood in the $1200 range..."

You could get a couple of them for that.

Bud
You're right!
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Old 06-25-2011, 08:43 AM
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Hi Dru,

I have not had the pleasure of trying out this guitar, but I have played some other Martins made from HPL back and sides and I have been surprised at how good they can sound. Not sure why that is, it just is -- at least for my ears and playing style.

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Hi Dru,

I have not had the pleasure of trying out this guitar, but I have played some other Martins made from HPL back and sides and I have been surprised at how good they can sound. Not sure why that is, it just is -- at least for my ears and playing style.

- Glenn
Hey Glenn - for the most part, I haven't enjoyed the HLP Martins. But I'm ignoring the price and the 'bang for the buck' and comparing them to the Standard or Vintage series (which isn't a fair comparison, I know).

I was expecting the guitar to sound ... blah ... because it's an X series with HPL and that ugly stratabond neck. I guess that's why we need to try out so many guitars ... put aside preconceptions and perhaps be surprised. And I'll admit I had my preconceptions, which in this case was incorrect.

I'm not sure if I played a great one or if that's par for the course. It's the only one I've seen around here.
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I played a D12X1AE at GC last weekend. Went back today and bought it. I've owned three other 12 strings in the past, and this one has a better balanced tone and is extremely playable. The action on this thing is great. What a great guitar for less than 6 Franklins.
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Old 07-17-2011, 04:48 AM
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I played a D12X1AE at GC last weekend. Went back today and bought it. I've owned three other 12 strings in the past, and this one has a better balanced tone and is extremely playable. The action on this thing is great. What a great guitar for less than 6 Franklins.
Congrats Cwheat. Glad to hear that others have also found this a great guitar. You should start a new "NGD" thread and post some pics!
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Dru,
I've picked up the non-"E" version on several occasions. I'm always impressed. The onces I've played seem to almost play themselves. Very unusual for a 12-string. Enjoy.
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Old 07-17-2011, 07:26 AM
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I hear you Bud. I'm in the market for a 12-string and I'm seriously thinking about this one. My mind was set on an all solid wood in the $1200 range.
I knew the specs I wanted on my set up and Jim Holler @ Trinity really was the only one willing to go out of his normal stock names to get me what I wanted, and it was a chore too. He even hand carve a bone saddle & NUT to intonate my 12 strings all the way up and level the strings at the top of the standard course instead of the bottom, got me Colosi pins I wanted, K&K install an on and on. Out of the box and to the tech I know, no improvement in truss or anything, great job. for a low dollar on the labor and no mark up over what I would have had to pay on the after market stuff. He carries several popular brands and has his own line of internationally recognized classical guitars too. Even with all th extra work we were not far out of your budget.

I preferred the Larrivee "L05-12" but didn't like the set up on the wall units I tried, most my instruments are set about the same at the 12th and I gave him those and let him set the spacing.

http://www.larrivee.com/instruments/...s/05/L0512.php

http://www.trinityguitars.com/steelstr/frame.htm


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Old 07-20-2011, 06:43 AM
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I got one, if you want a 12 strings for the price it is a must.I'd like to try a D12-28 though.

Pretty nice amplification system also.
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Old 07-20-2011, 09:56 AM
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I've only played one once, and was impressed. I own a Guild GAD-G212 that was a little more expensive, and doesn't sound any better.
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Old 07-20-2011, 12:44 PM
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I played one of these yesterday, and was very impressed. To be fair, of all the 12s i've recently demoed, this one had by far the best combination of fresh strings and IN TUNE, which it was...12 for 12. It was really a pleasure to play, i'm sure i spent as much time with it total as all the other rusty-stringed out of tune 12s elsewhere combined.

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