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« Reply #20 on: October 31, 2016, 01:38:38 AM »

On the other hand, a lot of 12 string players tune their guitars down a whole tone which is why I do it  in the first place. What's the big deal?  Turning a 14 fretter into a 12 fretter?   OTOH, I do tune my electric 12er to pitch but I use lighter strings. 
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« Reply #21 on: October 31, 2016, 02:10:54 AM »

On the other hand, a lot of 12 string players tune their guitars down a whole tone which is why I do it  in the first place. What's the big deal?

Not a big deal at all - a lot of guitars sound better tuned down. Plus tuning a 12 down then capo'ing up makes it a whole lot easier on the fret hand

But it is interesting to see if anyone knows why so many people think that tuning down is the "norm" for 12's
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« Reply #22 on: October 31, 2016, 02:28:40 AM »

Not a big deal at all - a lot of guitars sound better tuned down. Plus tuning a 12 down then capo'ing up makes it a whole lot easier on the fret hand

But it is interesting to see if anyone knows why so many people think that tuning down is the "norm" for 12's

If I had to hazard a guess, I'd say because it works.
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« Reply #23 on: October 31, 2016, 02:53:57 AM »

If I had to hazard a guess, I'd say because it works.

'k - it works on six strings too, but the number of of people who keep their six strings tuned down a tone is negligible.

What exactly does "it work" to do?

Do you mean it's a tension thing?
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« Reply #24 on: October 31, 2016, 03:05:03 AM »

'k - it works on six strings too, but the number of of people who keep their six strings tuned down a tone is negligible.

What exactly does "it work" to do?

Do you mean it's a tension thing?

I generally keep one 6 string tuned lower as well. Maybe it's just the result of having more than a few guitars. Anyway,  as long as I can recall players have been tuning  12 strings down at least a tone. 
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« Reply #25 on: October 31, 2016, 03:32:22 AM »

as long as I can recall players have been tuning  12 strings down at least a tone. 

So this is like the guitar version of "The Pot Roast Story"?
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« Reply #26 on: October 31, 2016, 03:32:58 AM »

I generally keep one 6 string tuned lower as well. Maybe it's just the result of having more than a few guitars. Anyway,  as long as I can recall players have been tuning  12 strings down at least a tone.  

A bunch of folks use ketchup (catsup).  Doesn't make it right.

A well setup 12 string works fine tuned standard.

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Ps: that said, I hate it when my g-string snaps. Guitar or otherwise.
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« Reply #27 on: October 31, 2016, 03:48:23 AM »

A bunch of folks use ketchup (catsup).  Doesn't make it right.

A well setup 12 string works fine tuned standard.

Ed

Ps: that said, I hate it when my g-string snaps. Guitar or otherwise.

Ketchup makes a mess on my strings so I avoid it. What say we tune our guitars any way we prefer and leave it at that?
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« Reply #28 on: November 01, 2016, 02:01:06 AM »

Ketchup makes a mess on my strings so I avoid it. What say we tune our guitars any way we prefer and leave it at that?

Of course.  I just think it's interesting and fun to compare notes.
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« Reply #29 on: November 01, 2016, 02:40:08 AM »

So this is like the guitar version of "The Pot Roast Story"?

I have no idea what you're talking about.  As far as tuning 12 strings goes, you go your way and I'll go mine. Why the rumpus?
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« Reply #30 on: November 01, 2016, 07:44:59 AM »

Of course.  I just think it's interesting and fun to compare notes.  See what I did there?
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« Reply #31 on: November 01, 2016, 02:35:39 PM »

as long as I can recall players have been tuning  12 strings down at least a tone. 

So this is like the guitar version of "The Pot Roast Story"?

I have no idea what you're talking about. 

Here's a link to one version of the story: The Pot Roast Story

As far as tuning 12 strings goes, you go your way and I'll go mine. Why the rumpus?

Just wondered if anyone had ideas on why it is so common . . .
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« Reply #32 on: November 01, 2016, 07:54:29 PM »

Here's a link to one version of the story: The Pot Roast Story

Just wondered if anyone had ideas on why it is so common . . .

Because back in the olden days 12 strings played like....CRAP...and people had very week hands for the heavier guage strings back then.
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