This page rates the guitars I'm playing, concerning assessment of:
Overall Rating: * thru ***** *****, being the best
Ibanez AS7312 Semi-Hollow Body Electric 12-String Guitar ****
Mostly, for Recording. Somewhat difficult to play. Nice Tone. Well worth the price.
Installed GFS "Liverpool" Humbucker Pickups on Neck & Bridge.
Installed all 4 Pots...w/500k Bournes Audio Taper Pots.
Installed 4 New Caps (CDE/Sprague "Orange Drop):
Bridge Tone - .022 Neck Tone - .015
Bridge Volume - .010 Neck Volume - .010
"Rickenbacker 660/12" Chinese Copy. ***1/2
Mostly, for Recording. Difficult to play. Construction is much better than anticipated...worth the nominal price (apprx. $350).
NECK: Alnico V Pickup & Ring Assembly For Rickenbacker Guitar (Single Coil)
BRIDGE: Gretsch Electro Lap Steel Guitar Pickup
Appropriate String Strainer.
Removed Polyurethane finish from fretboard.
New Control Knobs, New Pickguard.
Flatwound Pure Nickel Strings.
All 5 Pots (Bournes 1m linear); .047 CDE/Sprague "Orange Drop", "Treble Bleed" Caps on all 5 Pots.
NOTE: All Pots & Caps now under scrutiny to be changed to more appropriate values, to produce tonal quality of desired results.
CD-140SCE-12 Cutaway Acoustic/Electric 12-String Guitar ****
Solid Spruce Top, Rosewood Fretboard, Body, Sides & Bridge. Mahogany Neck.
Mostly, for Recording. Somewhat difficult to play. Sounds great. Fishman Presys Preamp & Tuner. Graph Tech Nu-Bone Nut.
Hand-crafted and applied Freshwater Abalone Fret Markers (.006" thickness).
Installed Rosewood String Pins...Rosewood Bridges should have Rosewood String Pins for optimum tonal quality.
NOTE: At present, this guitar is tuned to 435Hz, instead of the standard 440Hz...tuning to a lower frequency on 12-string guitars reduces stress on the neck and strings, making it easier to play as well as relieving the pressure on the neck and strings. Tuning this guitar to 432Hz is a likely possibility.