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(@davisaggie)
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I have been playing acoustic for a couple years now mostly for church and youth type activities. I like the sound of a 12 string and want to get one but am not sure which ones are good, and how much they can run. Currently I play an Ibanez Acoustic/Electric and really like the action on that. Are there any good 12 strings out there for under $600?


   
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(@yoyo286)
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Hey davisaggie, welcome to guitarnoise! Yes, there are certanly a few decent 12-stringers under $600. In terms of bang for your buck, I'd recommend a Godin guitar, Seagull to be exact, but any Godin product is high quality. Seagulls are made in Canada with top quality wood. Alot of people really like them. http://www.seagullguitars.com/intro.htm . They aren't very popular, so finding a dealer might be hard, but they have a dealer finder. Another guitar that suprised me was the Fender 12 strings. Either this one http://www.fender.com/products/search.php?partno=0951012021 or this one http://www.fender.com/products/search.php?partno=0951412021 . They aren't as good though, but theyare a whole lot cheaper. :)

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(@yoyo286)
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BTW I saw "aggie" in your screenname, does that mean you live in Texas, or even the Austin area???? :shock: Please say yes!! I need a jam partner! 8)

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(@davisaggie)
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Sorry yoyo, I don't live in texas. The name refers to my old college mascot, the UC Davis aggies.


   
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(@yoyo286)
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Aww... shucks... :lol:
Yes, I live in Texas, but no, I'm not a redneck. 8)

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(@davisaggie)
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The guitar store in town here has an ibanez 12 string for $210, is that a good guitar, or should I go with a more expensive model from a different maker?


   
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(@david_mohn)
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(@musenfreund)
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A friend of mine picked up an Alvarez 12 string for under 600 -- it's a nice guitar. I believe he chose it over a Washburn. Both are good guitars.

Well we all shine on--like the moon and the stars and the sun.
-- John Lennon


   
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(@danlasley)
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I'm a fan of Takamine, and they have pretty good electronics as well.

But it's really up to you. Do you like the sound and the feel? 12-strings can be monsters, or they can be undersized, or "just right".

Any of those listed above are good choices.

-Laz


   
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(@david_mohn)
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As Musenfreund said, Alvarez would be an excelent choice as well. In my opinion, they make some of the finest 12 strings that you can buy. I've personally owned 2 in my life, and loved them both. But for some reason, I've been having a hard time finding ANY alvarez guitars lately


   
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(@davisaggie)
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Thanks everyone for the feedback and suggestions. My wife and parents ended up suprising me with a new Segull M12 last night. It's a great guitar. I must have played for an hour or so before putting it down. Love the sound.


   
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Congrats.. Thats a beautiful looking guitar.

Jim

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“The hardest thing in life is to know which bridge to cross and which to burn” - David Russell (Scottish classical Guitarist. b.1942)


   
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(@musenfreund)
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Congrats.. Thats a beautiful looking guitar.

Jim

PS Post 100 I think.. What do I WIN?!?!

Your 101st post is on the house! Congratulations! (And use that free post wisely... :wink: )

Well we all shine on--like the moon and the stars and the sun.
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(@yoyo286)
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Whoa cool, you got a 12-string version of my guitar! 8) I haven't played one of those, but if its half as good as my M6, you must be proud. :wink:

BTW congrats on your 100th post, just passed 800 myself... :)

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