ever had a 12 string guitar that was hard to fret because the action was high or the neck was starting to warp? I like to have a 12 string around for certain tunes but I can't afford to invest a ton of money for an instrument I keep at concert pitch and play only once in a while.
I seem to have solved this problem by modifying a cheap Breedlove to use high tension nylon strings. I had to widen the string slots at the nut and I made a new bridge saddle. With the 12 string ,I had to slot the saddle for the 6 courses because they were just slack enough that they would get too close to each other and buzz.
I ended up with a very mellow 12 string sound with plenty of "jangle". The volume is not what it was with steel strings but is very close and I can play it with my fingernails rather that picks.
After I slotted the bridge saddle, I adjusted the truss rod to get the best string height.
The Fishman pickup still works fine and I plug it in at gigs.
The tension on the neck is about half of what it was made to withstand and I think it will last a long time. The intonation, while not "dead on", is good.
I used 3 GHS2380 string sets and 1 GHS Doyle Dokes set...using 2 high E, 2 B, 2 G...(the easy part).
for the D, I used a wound D and a nylon B(3 sets of stings so far),for the A, I used a wound A and a wound G from a GHS Doyle Dokes set stretched up to A(4 sets of strings)and for the bass E I used a wound E and a nylon E.
I have a lot of single strings left over. I first tried some Hannabach high tension strings on this guitat but I find the GHS strings to be comparable and cheaper
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