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From Southern California, any idea who built this 12 string?

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MarkM
Posted 2017-05-14 12:52 AM (#535150)
Subject: From Southern California, any idea who built this 12 string?


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I got this from a Southern California dealer who called it a Glen Campbell.  I think it was a Pacemaker.

Small sound hole?

Something is strange here:

And this:

Here's the whole story:

 The bass scale length is our standard 25.25", the treble is 24.4". As I received it, it had unison strings!  I used a D'Addario XL 12 string set.

The fingerboard is new, it isn't the original recut for the fan fret.

I have no idea who the luthier was.

M^2

 

 

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Standingovation
Posted 2017-05-14 8:22 AM (#535152 - in reply to #535150)
Subject: Re: From Southern California, any idea who built this 12 string?



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Location: Phoenix AZ
What's the purpose of such a mongrel? Might be very cool sounding or great to play, I just have no idea about such a thing.
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Cavalier
Posted 2017-05-14 9:31 AM (#535155 - in reply to #535150)
Subject: Re: From Southern California, any idea who built this 12 string?


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It looks surprised.
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MarkM
Posted 2017-05-14 11:16 AM (#535156 - in reply to #535150)
Subject: Re: From Southern California, any idea who built this 12 string?


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This is the first (only) one I've handled. 'Fan-Frets' or 'Multi-Scale' instruments have their fans and proponents. Searching those terms on YouTube and the web will find many theories, arguments, and controversies. Andy McKee likes his 

The price was attractive, and I was curious, so here we are. I like it, it does sound good, and plays easily.

This one is 'horizontal' at the 12th fret, many builders choose the 7th. It's obvious to me that this one was built to use the Ovation neck, 25.25 low E scale length, and symmetry about the (neck joint) 12th fret.

Cheers!

Mark



Edited by MarkM 2017-05-14 11:22 AM
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Jonmark Stone
Posted 2017-05-14 1:36 PM (#535158 - in reply to #535150)
Subject: Re: From Southern California, any idea who built this 12 string?


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Wow... interesting. I"d say it started as a basic Pacemaker, too. A GC version would have had gold tuners.
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alpep
Posted 2017-05-15 9:29 AM (#535168 - in reply to #535150)
Subject: Re: From Southern California, any idea who built this 12 string?


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wow that took a ton of work

kinda cool

I have always been intrigued with the fan fret idea
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Cavalier
Posted 2017-05-15 9:48 AM (#535169 - in reply to #535150)
Subject: Re: From Southern California, any idea who built this 12 string?


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Fan frets are interesting, they make sense for a expanded range instrument to give longer scale for the bass strings where you need it and short scale for a high treble range.
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Mr. Ovation
Posted 2017-05-16 2:15 AM (#535199 - in reply to #535150)
Subject: Re: From Southern California, any idea who built this 12 string?


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Is that a fiberglass bowl ? It sure looks like one in that first picture.
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sycamore
Posted 2017-05-19 9:02 AM (#535229 - in reply to #535150)
Subject: Re: From Southern California, any idea who built this 12 string?


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Location: Cork, Ireland
how do barre chords work?
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sycamore
Posted 2017-05-19 9:03 AM (#535230 - in reply to #535150)
Subject: Re: From Southern California, any idea who built this 12 string?


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how do barre chords work?
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DanSavage
Posted 2017-05-19 10:30 AM (#535232 - in reply to #535199)
Subject: Re: From Southern California, any idea who built this 12 string?



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Mr. Ovation - 2017-05-16 12:15 AM

Is that a fiberglass bowl ? It sure looks like one in that first picture.


It looks like it to me, too.
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MarkM
Posted 2017-05-20 8:49 PM (#535247 - in reply to #535232)
Subject: Re: From Southern California, any idea who built this 12 string?


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Location: SF Bay area, California

It is fiberglass.  The SN dates it to 1979.

I have 2 other FG Pacemakers.

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MarkM
Posted 2017-05-20 8:49 PM (#535248 - in reply to #535232)
Subject: Re: From Southern California, any idea who built this 12 string?


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Location: SF Bay area, California

It is fiberglass.  The SN dates it to 1979.

I have 2 other FG Pacemakers.

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