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6 string as 12 string

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GUEST,lakeman 01 Dec 06 - 10:52 PM
GUEST 01 Dec 06 - 11:04 PM
GerryMc 02 Dec 06 - 05:11 PM
GUEST,Jim 02 Dec 06 - 05:29 PM
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Subject: 6 string as 12 string
From: GUEST,lakeman
Date: 01 Dec 06 - 10:52 PM

I read in an article years ago about Keith Richards guitars where he uses a tuning on a 6 string to make it sound like a 12 string by substituting higher gauge strings. What is the tuning (and gauges) to use? I THINK it's called mountain tuning or some such thing.


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Subject: RE: 6 string as 12 string
From: GUEST
Date: 01 Dec 06 - 11:04 PM

high nashville tuning ?

using the standard top E & B strings,
and the higher octave G/D/A/E strings
from a 12 string set....


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Subject: RE: 6 string as 12 string
From: GerryMc
Date: 02 Dec 06 - 05:11 PM



Not a good idea on some vintage and solid top guitars. Can lift the bridge/damage the soundboard. Drop the tuning down a whole step and stick a capo on if you're gonna do it.

Gerry :-)


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Subject: RE: 6 string as 12 string
From: GUEST,Jim
Date: 02 Dec 06 - 05:29 PM

Actually, this tuning, known as "High Strung guitar" or "Nashville tuning", puts a lot less stress on the guitar, since you're using lighter strings. I have an old Yamaha strung this way. Keith Richards used to call it "putting a little Angel dust on this track". Ian Tamblyn loves this tuning and has an old high strung Harmony Sovereign. Paul Simon has a black Yamaha that's high strung as well. He plays this a lot.


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