Spectrum 12 string set

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    • #4866
      Hank
      Participant

      Awhile back I posted about a 12 string set that I bought from Sweetwater to replace the strings on the Taylor All Koa 12 sting that I bought from Digdog.

      Tad asked me to let Y’all know how I liked them after some time had passed and I had played them in.

      I like them…..I keep the guitar tuned D to D and play a capo 2nd fret for “standard” tuning.

      First I must say that the Taylor neck is very easy to Barre chord. The Spectrum strings are also easy to Barre cleanly.

      When I capo on the 2nd fret the octive strings stay in tune… The “standard strings tend to go sharp but not way off.

      The spectrums are easy to finger and ,for a 12 string, take only light finger pressure to play and achieve a clear note.

      I would buy them again……although I really DO HATE restringing a 12er.

      I am therefore submitting my offer to BETA test the 12 string set that SCGC has hinted is coming …..Carolyn Sills are you listening?


      1993 Martin HD-28 IR/Sitka
      2001 SCGC F Cutaway Maple/German (For Sale)
      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,
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    • #4869
      Matt Hayden
      Participant

      How is the saddle on the Taylor compensated?  If the octave strings are compensated to the same length as the regular gauge strings, they will always go sharp, irrespective of the brand.  This is saddle (and possibly nut, depending on how far you’re willing to go) and  string geometry, not the strings.

      Google “12 string guitar saddle compensation” and look at the different solutions people have used to correct the string length (compensation) on 12 strings.  It’s not common that the saddle on a 12-string is adequately wide (most are 3/32” or 2.3mm) to fully compensate the normal and octave strings, so some people widen the slot, while others add second saddles resting atop the bridge for the third through sixth courses to allow the octave strings to be compensated to play in tune.

      (Signed, working on this on an older Ovation Glen Campbell 12-string. It’s maddening to try to intonate a 3/32” saddle on a 12-string.)

       

       

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    • #4875
      Hank
      Participant

      Matt,

      Looking with a magnifying glass it would appear that the wound “Standard” string are set Higher on the saddle than the wound. The Octives are set in a groove.

      The 6 treble are all equal height on the saddle.


      1993 Martin HD-28 IR/Sitka
      2001 SCGC F Cutaway Maple/German (For Sale)
      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.

    • #4884
      tadol
      Moderator

      What gauge are the Spectrums?  And tuned down a whole step? Wow – I’ve been doing a half step and capoing, but I get seriously buzzy w/lights tuned down – does feel good though – maybe I need mediums?

      I’ve been playing with my amp set-up, and also recently installed a UltraTonic pickup in a SC koa H whose pickup had gone bad. Well, the H sounds fantastic, pickup and amp both great, so it encouraged me to pull out a Cumpiano electric 12 string I picked up a while ago.  Very odd guitar, but its nice as it has a short scale, and plays so easy even tuned up to pitch. But, its been a few years, and it needs fresh strings – I guess I’ll have to order some of these strings and set a few hours aside to make everything shiny –

    • #4890
      Matt Hayden
      Participant

      Hi Hank

      The grooves in the saddle are likely worn in by the strings – strings seem to do that; they’re inherently abrasive.  and the nut action could cause them to go sharp when capping.

      Ultimately, though, it’s the adjustment to string length rather than string height that determines in-tune-ness.  And that is a fussy thing.  It’s possible to make 12-strings play more in tune by intonating the octave string to the front of the saddle and the normal string further back, but it takes time and effort.  See the diagram below for a better idea.  I’m doing this now on an old Ovation Glen Campbell and it’s making me glad I have both an abundance of patience and an abundance of tiny files.  So far, I have the lowest 3 strings in reasonable tune, and will finish it up this weekend.  The saddle looks like a piece of abstract art, but it works…..

      12-string intonation

       

    • #4891
      Hank
      Participant

      Matt,

      Thanks SO much. My old eyes will look a little closer at the saddle.

      Carolyn at SCGC has agreed to send me a set of their 12 strings packs to beta test .I want to make very sure that the saddle is perfect .

      I’m sure that Chris had the set up perfect when he sold me the guitar. ….But as I have said I switched to Spectrums. I am pleased with them .

      I think that my old eyes and stiff hands may not be capable of working on the saddle.

      We don’t have any decent techs in our area…….any suggestions as to  how I might achieve ?

      Maybe have Bob Colosi make me one ? or just go with existing ?

      DigDog…If you might comment ?


      1993 Martin HD-28 IR/Sitka
      2001 SCGC F Cutaway Maple/German (For Sale)
      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.

    • #4894
      MajesticShaver
      Participant

      That’s great, Carolyn is the best!

    • #4918
      Matt Hayden
      Participant

      Hank,

      Here’s what I do with 12-strings:

      • get the saddle to the height where I want the action, usually leaving a flat top.   It’s buzzy but don’t worry – you’re not done yet.
      • String up the guitar with that saddle to make marks where the strings pass over it.
      • Unstring & remove saddle, and then mark and file the compensation as shown above using a foam core nail file from CVS – they’re cheap, cut bone or tusq or ivory very well, and cost next to nothing.  Don’t adjust the height, just the location of the break angle over the saddle.
      • When you’re done, it’ll play wonderfully in tune.

      This process works great for me.  It takes some patience but it’s worth it. And your eyes aren’t so old that you can’t do it – I’m nearsighted as can be and I do it regularly.

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