D12 thoughts/comparisons

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    • #5570
      Catndahat
      Participant

      There’s a seed growing in my mind and it’s been there a while to add a used standard D12 to my lineup. I really am drawn to the 12 fret dred shape/shallow body concept. The thing is that I have never seen or played one in person–they are apparently somewhat rare geographically to me (TX). And with that, don’t really want to buy one sight unseen without playing it first.  Intently listened to you-tube videos with mixed results, asked about them on other forums, etc…but aside from those few who own them saying, “They are great!” I have not really heard anyone compare them to other more common guitars (martin/collings/gibson, etc…) that I know and have played.

      Could any of you guys share your experience and/or comparison of sound to other guitars? I’m 95% a flat picker, not so much fingerstyle, Americana type player.

      I’ve owned an om/pw mahogany and loved the tone and quality, played Dpw and H13, but not one of SCGC 12 fret D’s. Love the SC tone/feel. So, while I am saving my pennies and semi-patiently waiting for one to pop up, anyone care to chime in with their own first hand comparisons/suggestions?

      Thanks in advance,

      Nate

    • #5572
      indexless
      Keymaster

      “They are great!”

      • #5573
        Catndahat
        Participant

        “They are great!”

        Just what I expected…hahahahaaa.

        Thanks, I needed that!

    • #5577
      tadol
      Moderator

      I played a D12 some years ago, and yes, it was great, but the particular one I tried had a 1-⅞” nut and a slot head, and I just couldn’t handle the body size, the neck size, and restringing a slot head. I wish I could offer more comparison, but I simply didn’t spend enough time with it to really know it.  If you are comfortable with a dread size guitar, all I can do is wish you luck on the hunt!


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

    • #5579
      Old 97
      Participant

      Like Tad, I found the wide nut and neck along with the slot head problematic. Plus, it didn’t sound much different than my SCGC Dread.

      I wish I had kept it, but Steve Swan gladly accepted it in trade for and OM

    • #5595
      Catndahat
      Participant

      Good comments.

      I’d forgotten the fun of changing slothead strings, and the neck size was never an issue but that was 20yrs ago…these old hands/shoulders are not what they used to be.

      Still interested in a d12, but willing to venture other options. 12 frets a must, like to add a mahogany body (already have a rosewood dred & hog om).

      I don’t recall a SC 12 fret dreadnaught besides the D12–like the idea of the shallower body; am I missing a model?

    • #5598
      indexless
      Keymaster

      The RS is a monster 12 fret

    • #5610
      Old 97
      Participant

      The Brozman Baritone is the biggest and best for size, volume, thunder, and scary growl.

    • #5614
      jw3571
      Participant

      I’ve had 2 D12’s, they are fantastic.  I was stupid to sell the first one.  I also have a 1934 D Hog and a D African Blackwood.  I don’t find the tones similar between any of them.  The D12 is a much rounder sound.  I have an RS that i’ve listed for sale, it is a fantastic guitar but i prefer the D12.

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