6 to 12 conversion

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    • #3290

      After reading the post about the OM 12 string, and thanks by the way Indexless for causing a bad case of G.A.S. that I thought I had under control, I was wondering if SCGC has ever converted a 6 string to a 12……even possible ?

      As my guitar fund has to be raided for a new HVAC system and the FTC is off my Christmas list(at least until next year) I was thinking I might explore converting my Custom F Cutaway to a 12 string…..or am I just fooling myself ???

      1993 Martin HD-28 IR/Sitka
      2001 SCGC F Cutaway Maple/German
      2008 SCGC OT Madi/Italian
      2015 SCGC OM “The Tree” Hog/ European
      2016 SCGC 1934 D45 Braz/ Adi
      2016 Taylor K62 CE Limited Edition 12 string all Koa
      2019 SCGC FTC Granadillo/Redwood
      2022 SCGC 000 African Blackwood/Moon Spruce.
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    • #3291

      Sorry about the GAS   ask the boss

    • #3294
      Old 97

      It might require a new top with stiffer bracing. Definitely a challenge to keep the original string holes and add six more with a new bridge.


    • #3295

      I’m speculating that converting a 6er to a 12er is not going to happen without so=me serious FTC funds being used

      BUT!  You could very easily add 1 string and get a Roger Mc G—— 7 string.   One string at a time.  Haha

    • #3297
      Acoustic Soul

      Let me know what you find out, I wouldn’t mind doing the same thing to my OM Grand as it just doesn’t ring my bell very much and if it doesn’t sell I’d rather do a 12 string than sell it for pennies

    • #3298

      I think you need to definitely ask Richard – BUT – there is a strong possibility the bridge plate would need to be slightly larger, which would mean pulling and replacing that, which is a truly undesirable job, the bridge itself would probably have to be replaced with a larger one, less of a problem, but still a pain to do really cleanly, and the bracing and top would probably be OK, although they may prefer to have those slightly heavier as well, if they know it’s for a 12 string –  But the biggest problem may be the headstock and neck width – you might be able to fit 12 strings in a 1-¾” nut space, 1-13/16 would be better, but I think mine are 1-7/8”, but I really doubt you could physically get 6 more tuners onto the existing headstock, so that would almost require a new neck – maybe they could scarf a new plate on, but I kinda doubt they’d want to handle it that way. All that adds up to a pretty difficult, costly, and time consuming project in my book.

      I would say it’s worth keeping your eyes open for an in-stock guitar, or better, a used one – it seems that people buy 12 strings, after a while decide they don’t play them enough to warrant keeping them, so sell them at pretty reasonable prices – I mean, they are SCGC instruments, so you’re not likely to find them at a fire sale price, but when I’ve seen them, the prices seem far more reasonable than an equivalent 6 string  guitar –

      And selling any higher end guitar these days is a pain – you read the regular forums, and most of the players can’t hear a difference between a $600 Guitar Center special and a $15,000 hand made instrument, and many that can will question the worth of the difference.  A beautiful guitar, like a Santa Cruz, and especially a lesser known model like the OM Grand, is gonna take a little longer, and require a bit more promotion to sell. I’m hoping that after Xmas, the market might warm a bit. But I have zero insight into selling – I just like buying –   😄

      Lots o’ SCGC guitars! But never ask which is my fav

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