Post by Pickers Ditch on Apr 29, 2019 19:43:38 GMT
Well, the Statesboro', having had the nut and saddle sorted to proper spacing, is now fitted with a set of Newtone Heritage custom 12-51s tuned to Vestapol C and it plays and sounds good.
We decided to leave the string heights as standard and I'm glad we did because this allows me to play just the thicker, bassier strings on the bottom without bringing in the higher octave unless I want to. However, if I do want to bring in the higher octave I just press the slide harder. Now I've got to learn to play it properly.
...and as I can't have MMs Havana 12 or an old Stella 12 this one'll do.
Having heard one of these guitars played alongside my Fraulini 12 (it had the string spacing sorted), I was very disappointed with the sound. Chalk and cheese. The owner has since sold his guitar on.
I know you get what you pay for but that bass boom that you expect from a long scale, ladder-braced 12 was not there.
Having said that the sound was nearer to the “old” sound than can be achieved on a modern 12 or a 60’s Harmony Stella (I have one) so I suppose it depends what you want in terms of sound and what you can afford.
Given the cost of an old Stella or a Fraulini it is probably the only solution for most folk who want to get into the McTell/Leadbelly sound.
Post by Pickers Ditch on Jun 23, 2020 13:16:12 GMT
You are absolutely right in all respects, Phil - I totally agree with you.
Cost and my age were the biggest reasons for going for the Statesboro'.
(and string choice seems to make quite a difference to it, too).
If I was a fair few decades younger and was going to really get involved in 12 string slide I definitely would have gone for a Fraulini or super refurbished Stella - I just don't think I've too much waiting time left.
So, you youngsters go for a Fraulini, Bown or better still an original but in the meantime I'm happy with what I've got.