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« on: November 02, 2009, 12:07:21 AM »

    Hello,  I  recently purchased a used Larrivee 12 sting that I  would like to keep for a long time.  Should I  tune it down a half step and use a capo on the 2nd fret or can it handle regular tuning, without damage to the neck/bridge in a couple years.  The model in question is a d-02.  Thank you
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« Reply #1 on: November 02, 2009, 12:46:01 AM »

I tune mine to 440 (std tuning), with round core Sunbeams 50 thru 11 custom mix gauges. Had it that way from day 1, over a year now & not even a truss tweak has been needed, and I have had it checked when I had my 6 string DV09 in for new tuners. Larrivee 12's are built and braced for lights but lights vary from brand to brand. I really wouldn't worry about it, just string 'er up and have a blast. I'm not  tech or builder, just another player, but I bought mine to play and I play in 440 so that's where she gets tuned to. 
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« Reply #2 on: November 02, 2009, 01:01:23 AM »

I keep mine tuned standard as well.
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« Reply #3 on: November 02, 2009, 03:44:08 AM »

Standard here as well - no problems -

Larrivees are built strong - larger and heavier top bracing than many makers.  I think this is a major structural benefit on their 12 strings -

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« Reply #4 on: November 03, 2009, 06:18:38 AM »

Mine is tuned to standard with lights. They do have a great resonance with an open low D so dropping it down a fulll step (or playing with Dropeed D tuning) has reasons in addition to reducing tension on the neck, That open low D just seems to ring out forever.
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« Reply #5 on: November 03, 2009, 06:00:36 PM »

I use either light Elixr or D'adds tuned at fulll pitch, no neck or top issues on my D-09-12.
Other guitars I have heard tuned down seem to lose some volume and tone.
As stated before Larrivees are made to be tuned at pitch and lights.
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