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FDP Forum / Miscellaneous and Non-Fender Topics / 12 string... string help...


south carolinia

Oct 6th, 2017 02:48 AM   Edit   Profile  

I have a dano 12 string (1999) that i got 3 years ago. I don't play it too often(but that's gonna change) speaking of changing, the strings need to be changed...but something is throwing me off...the low e string's octave string(small string) is wound(it's the only wound octave string)I think this might of been a mod done by the previous owner. As I recall when I bought strings for my other 12 string all the octave strings were plain...I like the set up( it plays really nice with low action) I don't want to buy a set and throw off the playability...any insights??? thanks in advance



Why do I keep fixing things that work?
Oct 6th, 2017 05:57 AM   Edit   Profile  

I wonder if the previous owner put on a wound G string?
You could use a micrometer to measure it to be sure. Just my guess. ....

reverend mikey
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Oct 6th, 2017 07:57 AM   Edit   Profile  

Usually the low E's high octave string is wound on acoustic sets (10-47 gauge; and that string is around a 27 gauge), but I don't know about electric sets...

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California Escapee

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Oct 6th, 2017 10:34 AM   Edit   Profile  

My Gretsch Country Gentleman 6122-12 string has a wound octave string at the low E, all other octave strings are plain. On this guitar, the low A and D strings are wound as well. All other strings are plain.

On my Rickenbacker 660-12, the low E and octave E strings are wound, as are the A and A octave strings The low D string and low G strings are wound, all of the other six strings are plain.

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the downtime
Oct 6th, 2017 01:34 PM   Edit   Profile  

Yeah, it depends on the string maker/gauge of the set. Some have a wound octave low E; others have a plain one.

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California Escapee

Don't look at me with that tone of voice
Oct 6th, 2017 02:58 PM   Edit   Profile  

Ernie Ball has a "12 String LIGHT" set 2233 showing a plain A octave string (20p), and a wound third string (20w).

9 12 20w 26 36 46
9 12 9 12 20p 26

Te 52

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Oct 6th, 2017 04:20 PM   Edit   Profile  

The octave low E is tuned just a whole step above the open D string, and D strings are always wound. Plain strings start sounding weird when they get too thick. Due to the excessive stiffness of the plain string, the higher harmonics start getting out of tune with the fundamental, a phenomenon called...



south carolinia

Oct 7th, 2017 06:21 PM   Edit   Profile  

thanks for the info...who makes 12 string set with the wound low e octave????

Fast Lane Pablo


Nov 4th, 2017 09:12 PM   Edit   Profile  

The Rickenbacker set has a wound octave E. I think you can get them from Just Strings.com or direct from RIC.

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