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Old 10-30-2016, 08:19 PM
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Short scale 12 fret, or standard scale 14 fret? I love my short scale Gibson LG-2 3/4. I won't play much slide. Mostly figure style. Not even playing straight blues. I do like the tone, and volume/cut of a resonator. I know the short scale is less string tension, easier to bend, but less volume/snap. The 12 fret might take getting used to. I will probably use a National Slim line pickup with it.
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Old 11-01-2016, 05:30 AM
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I didn't know they even had two options. I prefer 12 fretters in general, and as the Highway61 has a cutaway, string access isn't an issue. That would be my pick - although I've only play one very briefly and don't recall if it was a 12 or a 14. I have a 12 fret national - but it's such a personal thing.
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Old 11-01-2016, 05:58 AM
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Thanks for your input! I'm leaning towards the 12 fret.
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Old 11-01-2016, 07:57 AM
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For open tunings long scale has advantages. With resonators, strictly from an aesthetic point of view, 14 frets just look wrong To me...

The tonal differences between 12 and 14 fret resos can be noticed by guitarists who are carefully listening for tone, but not audience members.

The good news, IME (in my experience), is that single cones seem to be less sensitive to string tension. I can easily run 12s on my single, but my tricone definitely losses something when I do. And the tricone is longer scale, so you would think that would compensate a little.
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Old 11-01-2016, 01:56 PM
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I won't be doing open tunings, or slide (why a reso then?) I like the timbre and tone of the resos. The 12 fret will feel weird, and maybe throw my fingering off, from my regular 14 fret. Maybe get the short scale 12 fret, and save for a National M-1 Tricone wood body, cutaway, at Gordy's Music in Ferndale, MI. He has a mint used one, so pretty!
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Old 11-06-2016, 12:18 PM
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As I understand it, the 12 fret is short scale, the 14 fret is full scale. From memory, the former is 24", the latter 25". I have the 12 fret, short scale; it's the only reso I own I can play in standard tuning without hurting my hands. It feels pretty loose to me with 12s.
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Old 11-11-2016, 01:08 PM
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A Hwy 61 14 fret is on my short list for 2017. Even though it has a cutaway and I could likely work with 12 fret, there are some times when I like to slide way up - I'd choose a 14 fret. In addition, I have a small hand and working around the heel at 12th fret can be a wee bit frustrating. I am practicing slide on a 12 fret parlor right now with 15-56s in open E just to get the tension right. Banging on the upper bout can be irritating..
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Old 11-11-2016, 05:46 PM
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A Hwy 61 14 fret is on my short list for 2017. Even though it has a cutaway and I could likely work with 12 fret, there are some times when I like to slide way up - I'd choose a 14 fret. In addition, I have a small hand and working around the heel at 12th fret can be a wee bit frustrating. I am practicing slide on a 12 fret parlor right now with 15-56s in open E just to get the tension right. Banging on the upper bout can be irritating..
wow. 15-56s and open E? That sounds like a recipe for "aspolde". I've had bridges start to lift on modern parlors with 13s.
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Old 11-11-2016, 05:54 PM
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wow. 15-56s and open E? That sounds like a recipe for "aspolde". I've had bridges start to lift on modern parlors with 13s.
Fortunately the guitar only cost me $75. So if it goes, hey. At least it is easier for me to learn slide on right now. Once I get more of a feel for it, I'll go down to open D and learn to get the feel for that - baby steps.
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Hey. Just bringing this thread back. I'm interested in one of these, but they're hard to find. So, I'm looking to buy one online (when back in stock).

Hard to decide about colors/finish. Looking for opinions.

From pics, I really like 7111 (Copper Rust). But 7101 also looks good (Antique steel). I'm wondering how the rust looks in-person, or if you think it's something that someone would get tired of after a while.

Opinions?
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