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Old Elite 12string from 1989 and still a beauty

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DetlefMichel
Posted 2016-07-13 11:04 AM (#526637)
Subject: Old Elite 12string from 1989 and still a beauty



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I was so impressed by the cream-white Legend that I saw on this site but I´m a 12string player. Believe it or not, just acouple of days later there was a white 12string elite on ebay, not a real bargain but a reasonable price.
I had to do a lot of cleaning, make a neck-reset and some adjustments and now the guitar is in very good shape again, straight neck, ultra-low action and this irresistible Elite sound. I put some cream-white knobs on the tuning machines, what do you think?

 

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Mark in Boise
Posted 2016-07-13 11:08 AM (#526638 - in reply to #526637)
Subject: Re: Old Elite 12string from 1989 and still a beauty


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Very pretty and I like the backdrop, too. Compliments to your gardener.
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Damon67
Posted 2016-07-13 12:30 PM (#526640 - in reply to #526637)
Subject: Re: Old Elite 12string from 1989 and still a beauty



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Beautiful. I have it's skinnier SSB cousin in the same pearl white and about the same age. It plays like a dream.
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jay
Posted 2016-07-13 1:42 PM (#526641 - in reply to #526637)
Subject: Re: Old Elite 12string from 1989 and still a beauty



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What an awesome looking guitar. No doubt she matches her looks in sound.
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red-twins
Posted 2016-07-13 3:17 PM (#526642 - in reply to #526637)
Subject: Re: Old Elite 12string from 1989 and still a beauty



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Detlef, you still suffer GAS, do you!?

Enjoy!!!
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Love O Fair
Posted 2016-07-14 4:13 AM (#526648 - in reply to #526637)
Subject: Re: Old Elite 12string from 1989 and still a beauty



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Location: Spin axis of a California map
Seeing that makes me want to eat a butter frosting sweet roll... oh, and to listen to your guitar in that cool, inviting garden too. Looking good. Real good.
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Lonnie
Posted 2016-07-14 9:14 PM (#526657 - in reply to #526637)
Subject: Re: Old Elite 12string from 1989 and still a beauty



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Location: Phoenix, AZ
1758... correct? Love the new tuning knobs.... perfect match.
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DetlefMichel
Posted 2016-07-15 10:40 AM (#526666 - in reply to #526637)
Subject: RE: Old Elite 12string from 1989 and still a beauty



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Yes, a 1758. Built on a Monday morning. I found curiously drilled holes for the neck bolts (under a piece of tape) so that the lower screw even was about to work loose. I filled the hole with strong epoxy.


The brass trussrod screw was mounted so tight under the top that it caused a crack at that point and I had to file it cone-shaped, because I had to correct the wrong neck angle a wee bit so that the strings have now normal pressure on the pickup again (3 Ovation shims).

The last owner did obviously not play the guitar for a longer time, and thus all the freat did show green corrosion, but that was only superficial, not structural. But after all the ordeal the guitar turned out to be a REALLY great sounding and (now) easy playing guitar, string action E11th 2,25mm, neck relief ca. 0.8 mm.

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DetlefMichel
Posted 2016-07-15 10:45 AM (#526667 - in reply to #526637)
Subject: Re: Old Elite 12string from 1989 and still a beauty



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I forgot to mention, it´s an earlier model and it has a wonderful rosewood fretboard unlike the later Elites.
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Damon67
Posted 2016-07-15 1:35 PM (#526670 - in reply to #526637)
Subject: Re: Old Elite 12string from 1989 and still a beauty



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The rosewood looks better on the -6Ps for sure. My 6 and 12 SSB have some great striping on them

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DetlefMichel
Posted 2016-07-16 7:53 AM (#526678 - in reply to #526670)
Subject: Re: Old Elite 12string from 1989 and still a beauty



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Damon67 - 2016-07-15 8:35 PM

The rosewood looks better on the -6Ps for sure. My 6 and 12 SSB have some great striping on them


Just like mine

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