Mrs.PD has just given me a Paul Brett Statesboro' 12 string guitar as a very early birthday present.
A couple of days in and I'm beginning to get the hang of playing slide on it.
However, there's a bit of a problem in that the nut is 50mm wide but they seemed to have used the string spacing associated with a 47mm nut and associated bridge saddle resulting in a narrow spacing and a lot of unused fingerboard either side of the top and bottom strings.
I'm considering replacing the nut and saddle accordingly to give proper string spacing.
Has anyone done this or have any experience with these guitars?
Morning PD, is there room to cut new slots where you want them? Also Ian made me a couple of slides that were a bit longer and have a little 'bend'in them, this lets you slide on the octave sixth string which otherwise can be a bit rattley.
Wotcha Bonzo, I think I can handle the slide bit at full width, it's my fat fingers at both ends, i.e. left hand when I'm fretting and right hand plucking. I could do with another mm or two width wise (ooer Missus) Too many years of playing bass with fat strings and loads of space, I s'pose.
Post by Michael Messer on Mar 17, 2019 9:44:04 GMT
Lucky you! Very nice :-)
PD, I think you just need to get a new nut cut to fit it correctly. It sounds like it has been fitted with a generic part, but the easiest solution is to fit a new one.
You shouldn't need to change the way the octave strings are positioned for slide playing, but you do have to press a little harder to get a clean sound. Mostly I tend to tune my 12 string down in Spanish and Vestapol tunings one and sometimes two whole tones, but I do also play it in D and G tunings, especially when I am playing with Mitra as the Indian slide guitar is limited to the keys of D and G.
I do sometimes play in very slack tunings like Blind Willie McTell did. It gives a very different voice going down four and five whole tones in either Spanish or Vestapol tunings.
Those are nice guitars, I am sure it will be great once you get it setup to your liking.
Post by Michael Messer on Mar 17, 2019 10:36:49 GMT
...and of course these are all beautiful, but for me the true genius of Willie's musical skills shine on his early performances as in Love Changing Blues and God Don't Like It.
What a shame that the two travelling genius blind friends, Blind Willie McTell and Blind Willie Johnson, never recorded together. Their influence on each other is evident on many of their recordings, but can you just imagine what hearing them playing together at their peak must have sounded like.
Post by Michael Messer on Mar 17, 2019 12:16:06 GMT
Vintage Paul Brett Statesboro 12-string electro-acoustic – Acoustic Review
What happens when a vintage guitar expert tries to recreate the past in a modern guitar? Ben Morgan-Brown goes time travelling
12-string guitars are an acquired taste but they certainly have their uses. Today they tend to be used for jangly chord playing or to produce a really full rhythm sound but it wasn’t always so. Back in the 1930s, notably in the hands of the great Blues guitarist Blind Willie McTell, the 12-string was a Blues guitar par excellence. There were a number of guitars made at the time that lent themselves to this style but a modern day player looking to explore this genre has either had to make do with a modern sounding and playing guitar (not ideal) or hope to find an affordable original still in playing condition, which is far from easy.
It’s here that Acoustic Review’s vintage expert Paul Brett comes in. As well as being a noted player in that style and a widely consulted authority on the subject, Paul also designs guitars for the UK brand Vintage. The Statesboro 12-string is one of the models he has developed and harks back to the 1930s in a deliberate attempt to bring that sort of unique guitar within the price range of a modern performer.
As Ben found out, the Statesboro does a fine job of recreating that 1930’s sound – and it looks right too, with a traditional ‘Satin Antique Burst’ finish, floating bridge and trapeze tailpiece, open backed tuners, solid spruce top, a maple back with mahogany sides, a transfer rosette – it really looks the part and it comes with a hard case included in the price, too, which is always good to see.
Our sample came with the optional Fishman Rare Earth humbucking soundhole pickup, which adds £200 to the price. It’s a good pickup, no doubt about that, but whether it adds enough to justify the price – well, watch our video and decide for yourself!
This guitar sets out to do one job – recreate a 1930’s style Blues 12-string – and if that’s the sound and style you want there really isn’t an alternative, short of buying an original, if you can find one. Time to put on your best headphones and check out this unique guitar! --------------------------------------------------------------------------------