D’Angelico is releasing the DC 12-string, the latest addition to its Premier Series. This is a twelve-string semi-hollow electric guitar – a bold move! Not many companies have 12 strings in their portfolio any more. But at this price, you could be tempted to get one.
I think that 12 string guitars are two things: a joy to play (when well built) and a nightmare to tune. But you can get some fantastic tones out of them, you’d think more players would own one…
My best ever experiences with 12-string guitars were with a vintage Martin 12 string acoustic and an old ‘Hockey Stick’ ’60s Fender XII that a mate owned. Both sounded huge, lustrous and had such great dynamics that you could play just about any chord sequence on them and it sounded immense. I’m quite pleased to see Angelico Guitars has decided to release a 12 string and the new semi-hollow DC 12-String looks really sumptuous, classic and well laid out to me.
The DC 21-String contains a pair of Seymour Duncan-Designed humbuckers. You get a regular tune-o-matic style bridge and stop tailpiece paired with a set of 12 Rotomatic ‘Stair Step’ tuners that keep everything in tune. It has a laminated maple body with triple binding and the C-shape neck is also made from maple. The Ovangkol fretboard is loaded with 22 medium frets and white Pearloid block markers to let you know where you are on the neck.
Available in either black, white, trans wine and ocean turquoise finishes, this has a traditional look and vibe. At under a thousand US Dollars, I reckon this could be a decent buy, especially if you want something that has good upper fret access thanks to the dual cutaway design. It could be good for many styles of playing, not just ‘cowboy chords’ in the first position.
RRP – USD 899
- D'Angelico DC-12 String back and rear: D'Angelico DC-12