Convert 6 string to 12

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    • #3304
      Hank
      Participant

      Maestro Richard,

      As I asked on another page of our very personal forum……. is it practical to convert an existing 6 sting to a 12 string ?

      I have a SCGC  Custom F  Cutaway maple/German that I love and as I’m self restricted to 5 guitars in the Ramuda (and because of recent posts on our forum that has induced a very serious case of 12 string G.A.S.) i was wondering if it makes ANY sense to convert the F to a 12 string.

      Would that be a project that has any expense/gain ratio  and one that you would entertain or should I just keep my eye out for a SC 12 ?

      Thanks and Merry Christmas.

      Hank (Zorro)

       


      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
      Life is a journey…not a guided tour,
      The Bay,The Gulf Stream , The Open Ocean are particular about who they share their secrets with.

    • #3415
      Richard Hoover
      Senior Moderator

      Zorro, you are an inspiration. Happy New Year to you and yours!

      I understand your desire to maximize your options by turning your F into a 12 string. Sounds simple, right? Nah! The mods that I would insist on for conversion from 6 strings to 12 are those which would not only make it playable, but durable and great sounding as well, like an SCGC 12 string.  The short list includes re-bracing the top to accommodate added tension and  a new bridge plate to support the increased bridge footprint. The fret board needs more width to properly space the 12 strings with a new nut to do the same. The head stock will need some added real estate to house 6 more tuners.

      You may have now arrived at the conclusion that the time, cost and aggravation of replacing the neck and top will not be as satisfying as having a new 12 string guitar built with all your desired features while still enjoying your intact F 6 string, even if you have to hide it during random  guitar inventory inspections. Always happy to enable you!

      Have a fulfilling new decade. Best,                                                                                                                                               Richard

       

       

       

      • #3422
        Hank
        Participant

        Maestro….You truly are a truth teller…thanks for providing me with a “reasonable” point of discussion to have with Dee Vis a Vie my very reasonable “need” for a SCGC 12 string.

        I will however have to also justify a proper “Controlled” corral for it.


        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
        Life is a journey…not a guided tour,
        The Bay,The Gulf Stream , The Open Ocean are particular about who they share their secrets with.

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