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Username: mica

Post Number: 3304
Registered: 6-2000
Posted on Wednesday, May 10, 2006 - 11:11 am:   Edit Post

Hi George,

It's here, your Factory to Customer thread for your 12-string baritone guitar. I'll post pictures as interesting things happen.

Let me know if you've got any questions, and make sure you get any changes or additions posted in that area so they won't be overlooked.
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Username: the_8_string_king

Post Number: 171
Registered: 9-2005
Posted on Wednesday, May 10, 2006 - 7:09 pm:   Edit Post

Hi George! Just in case you missed my other post, I wanted to compliment you on the exceptionally awesome speciman of coco bolo Chip selected -but also to suggest that you might consider getting a bookmatch to center option for your top.

Your boards look awesome, and look like they'd have no trouble covering the top completely.

In my opinion, it would look substantially more awesome, and would allow you to use/show even more of that beautiful coco bolo top. If you compare what it would look like with the BTC, you might prefer it -and I don't believe it's a very expensive option.

12-string baritone guitar... I love it!!! Hard-core!!! This may just be another Alembic first! (I'm the guy who got the first Alembic 8-string bass -that's tuned in straight 4ths, not an octave-bass).
Username: george_wright

Post Number: 93
Registered: 3-2005
Posted on Thursday, May 11, 2006 - 5:50 am:   Edit Post

I appreciate the thoughts, Mark, but, as I said in the top thread, I'm going for a matched pair here.

As for the 12-string, well, that takes me back to my senior year in college, when my graduation present to myself from myself was a Gibson B-45-12 (which I still have, 40 years later). As for the baritone spec, blame that on Leo Kottke and his tuned-down Bozo. The first thing I'm gonna do when I get this guitar is slap on a drop-A(!) tuning and go for Louise.
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Username: tom_z

Post Number: 384
Registered: 7-2004
Posted on Thursday, May 11, 2006 - 8:05 am:   Edit Post

Nice concept George.

They say that Louise was not half bad.

Username: george_wright

Post Number: 94
Registered: 3-2005
Posted on Thursday, May 11, 2006 - 8:38 am:   Edit Post

Speaking of concept, Tom, I asked Susan to explore the technical feasibility of stringing ALL the courses in octaves, not just the lowest-pitched four. Current feedback by phone yesterday is that the question is still open, but the highest-pitch course may still need to be a pair.
Username: nate1884

Post Number: 1
Registered: 5-2006
Posted on Friday, May 19, 2006 - 3:10 am:   Edit Post

Hi guys, long time reader, first time poster.

I know it's not quite the same, as the 12 string will have greater tension on the neck, but Bill Conklin puts a high A string on his extended range guitars, he uses an 8 gauge string, I believe. It's only a tone below what you'd be trying to achieve which leaves you the option of seeing how you like the extra tension (i'm guessing it'll be pretty high) or tuning your instrument A-A, rather than B-B (which I've heard alot of bari players do).

I've never picked up a Conklin so I have no clue what the high A feels like to play, so I guess it'd be helpfull if any Conklin players on the board chipped in their views, but I just thought I'd give my $0.02


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