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I think it was you - combine it with a six?
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I had a Taylor 855 for some years. Expensive but a great instrument. I used it mostly for Blues fingerpicking. Lovely, full sound for strumming too. You can't buy them new anymore but a good used one might be worth a look. If there's a downside it's that it's a physically big instrument that won't suit everybody.

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Acoustic or electric?
Depends how much you want to spend but if I was to buy any acoustic 12 string then it would probably have to be a high end Guild, they just seem to do 12 strings better than anybody else.

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I just broke the bank to buy a Taylor 562ce 12 fret & I'm so glad I did. It's super easy to play & by far the best 12 string tone I've ever heard, even with me playing it! The 254 is also a very nice guitar, but for me the 562 is just better & easier than the 200 & 800 series.

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I had an Eko 12 when I was about 17. It had telephone wire strings and an action to match.

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If you don't want to spend too much the Vintage Paul Brett signature 12 string is a really nice guitar. I had one for a while & was very impressed with it.

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Depending on how wide you like your 12-string neck, I've yet to play a better electric 12 string than this one:

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Comfortably wide neck compared with a Rickenbacker and low-output lipstick tube pickups that give plenty of lovely 12-string shimmer. Unfortunately there are 2 very different Hohner 12-string electrics with the same model number and the other is a rather nasty telecaster shaped thing with unsympathetic hum bucking pickups which is best avoided!

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Usual questions, how much do you want to spend, electric or acoustic and what are you looking to achieve?

Acoustic 12s can be hard work to play and there's a lot of finger pressure needed. The best 12 I ever played was a Fylde Prospero. If I ever see one for sale I'll buy it.

If you are looking for extra texture on recordings a six string in Nashville tuning can be an interesting alternative.

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If it is acoustic you are after, the short time I ran your local(ish) Guitar Shop I was impressed by all the Aria 12s I had. So was one punter who did a straight swap with a Yamaha 12 that retailed at 3 times as much! Sandpiper (small body) if you can find one was a very sweet guitar.

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Think Ralph Towner rather than strummy guitar. I am following this thread and checking everything out as far as one can.

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[quote name='Bilbo' timestamp='1494669376' post='3297705']
Think Ralph Towner rather than strummy guitar.
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Towner uses Guilds a lot.

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Yes. There are a couple in the Music Warehouse in Colchester. 200 yards from the office!!

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I have a Simon and Patrick 12 string. Cedar top and a lovely full ringing sound. Not the easiest to play, though I expect if I spent more time playing it would get easier.
Decent mid priced guitars though and well worth a look.

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[quote name='Bilbo' timestamp='1494705101' post='3298066']
Yes. There are a couple in the Music Warehouse in Colchester. 200 yards from the office!!
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It is your destiny....

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I love the sound of them but they're very much one trick ponies.

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My wife has bought me a Harley Benton 12 string guitar for my birthday. Once again, I am astonished at the quality of these guitars for the money. I have tuned it up and recorded a couple of minutes worth and it is absolutely fit for purpose. It's not a Taylor but, as a piece of kit for occasional recording etc, it's a very nice instrument.

https://soundcloud.com/robert-palmer-1/harleyh-benton-d200ce-12-bk

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Glad you got sorted. :)

When I replied to your initial post, I meant this!



I [i]think [/i]it was you. . . . was it?

Cheers. :)

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