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Unread 06-06-2007, 08:25 AM   #1
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Alvarez 12-string acoustics = Mmmmmmm

Yesterday, I was over at a friend's house, and his dad plays guitar. He also just so happens to have recently purchased an Alvarez 12-string acoustic, and allowed me to play it some . That thing sounded amazing. I want a 12-string now . Just thought I'd share... Though, so the thread has value (I must be hanging around CPF too much ), how many 12-string models does Alvarez make? I wouldn't mind finding out what model he had.

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Unread 06-06-2007, 09:23 AM   #2
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I've been thinking about getting a 12 string for awhile now. I haven't played any Alvarez' though.
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"Alvarez 12" on Musiciansfriend.com brings back 14 results.
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Unread 06-06-2007, 10:07 AM   #4
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"Alvarez 12" on Musiciansfriend.com brings back 14 results.
Ah. Well, that'll have to do, 'eh?
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Here's what the Alvarez website says. There are lots of other manufacturers of 12 string guitars. Seagull would be another affordable brand. Then there are also 12 string electrics; a 12 string Rickenbacker would be awesome.

As cool as 12 strings are, they look to me to be a tuning nightmare. Hence the saying that 12 string players spend half their time tuning and half their time playing out of tune.
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I have a 1980 Alvarez Yairi 12-string, it is indeed lovely. Absolutely amazing sound. But when it's out of tune, you can tell.
I love playing broken chord arpeggios with all those beautiful octaves ringing out.
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As cool as 12 strings are, they look to me to be a tuning nightmare. Hence the saying that 12 string players spend half their time tuning and half their time playing out of tune.
That's an old saying,electronic tuners has been a blessing! In the old days,you had to tune the bigger strings first,the last four are just B & E strings.Then you had to go to the 12th fret and tune the octave strings to the bigger ones.I've tuned them by ear and it is a pain.The electronic tuner is the greatest invention to guitarist since the ampilfier!
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It takes me about twice as long to tune my 12 as my 6s. Not that bad.
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I played some twelve strings in the store today. Mmmm. Makes me want one even more...
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Sometimes the only way to relieve that feeling is to just buy one. That's what I did...
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Sometimes the only way to relieve that feeling is to just buy one. That's what I did...
I plan to do so when my wallet's not so moth-infested and empty .
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Unread 07-09-2007, 11:28 AM   #12
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I play an Alvarez six string and I had to get the bridge rebuilt around year six. But its been an amazing guitar otherwise.
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Alvarez, IMO, makes AMAZING sounding accoustics. I owned one for a while, and even being a cheaper one it sounded FANTASTIC. I've never heard one of their 12 strings, but I can imagine they must sound incredible.

My brother has a Dean 12 string that sounds amazing, I love listening to him play it. Im not much of an accoustic guy, I so I stick to listening rather than playing something like that.
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My 6/12 doubleneck is a real pain. It stays in tune fairly well, but I take it to the music store when it needs strings. I have better things to do than waste a half a day putting strings on the thing. Never been a real fan of 12-strings to begin with (but the 6/12 has the definite cool factor, especially on a Sunday morning in church).
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