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« on: June 04, 2008, 03:41:10 PM »

Received new D 09-12 and loving it! Looking through the posts here, seems that most 12 string owners tune down a whole or half step, but Larrivee seems to say that tuning to A440 is okay. I agree that the guitar sounds and plays it's best at A440, but of course I'm concerned about tension. I'm easy on my guitars, humidity controlled studio and they aren't played outside my home. What are the long term expectations if left tuned up to standard pitch?
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« Reply #1 on: June 05, 2008, 04:18:02 PM »

I've had several Larrivee 12 strings,Tune it to pitch and have fun.Do get a good set up.
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« Reply #2 on: June 05, 2008, 07:12:44 PM »

I bought my d-09 12 several years ago. I picked it up at the factory in Oxnard, back when they were doing that. Matthew assured me A440 was OK.
He said to use lights, the guitar truly has a great voice. To date I see no effects of string tension. I use either Elixr or D'adds EXP's, both sound great.
A few of my friends tune down and it is my opinion the sound is compromised. Matthew said the guiotar was designed for A440, if you reduce tension you reduce the tops movement as well.

Tune up and enjoy, don't forget you have a warranty too, and like UnclRob said get a set-up as soon as the guitar settles in a bit.
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« Reply #3 on: June 05, 2008, 08:16:31 PM »

I had an OM 12-string for awhile. My husband has a Guild 12-string. Use light strings, and tune to pitch. You shouldn't have any problems. Enjoy that guitar!

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« Reply #4 on: June 05, 2008, 08:28:20 PM »

I had an OM 12-string for awhile. My husband has a Guild 12-string. Use light strings, and tune to pitch. You shouldn't have any problems. Enjoy that guitar!

Deb

I now have that guitar and keep it either tuned to pitch, or tuned down a whole step - makes bar chords a whole lot easier.  It also sounds great in DADGAD - experiment and have fun with it!

John
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