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2000 Bown Stella 12-string Koa/Spruce
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Status
Sold
Brand
Bown, Ralph
Product Year
2000
Model
Stella 12-string
Serial #
187
New/Preowned
Preowned
SKU
4342
Condition
Excellent Two shallow ~1/4" dings on side, lower bout treble side. One shallow ~1/4" ding on top, lower bout treble side, 1.5" from edge.One shallow ~1/4" ding on top, upper bout treble side, 1" from edge.
Body Type(s)
Large, Jumbo
Back & Sides
Koa
Top
Spruce
Neck Wood
Mahogany
Bridge
Rosewood - Indian
Rosette
Marquetry
Top Trim
Custom
Fingerboard
Rosewood
Fingerboard Bindings
Rosewood - East Indian
Fret Markers
MOP Dots
Frets to Body
14
Headplate
Rosewood
Headstock Inlay
Builder Decal
Body Bindings
Rosewood
Tuners
6 Inline Mini
Tuner Finish
Nickel
Cutaway
None
Pickguard
Clear
Pickup
Fishman UST
Body Length
19.563 in
Upper Bout
12 in
Lower Bout
16.375 in
Body Depth Heel
4 in
Body Depth Tail
5 in
Scale Length
26.563 in
Scale Length (mm)
674.7 mm
Nut Width
1.97 in
Nut Width (mm)
50 mm
String Spacing
2.5 in
String Spacing (mm)
63.5 mm
Weight
0 lb. 0 oz.
Case
Hardshell Hiscox
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Description

We've got another Stella-inspired twelve string that we have in the shop! Ralph Bown, while better known for his smaller fingerstyle guitars like the OM that Clive Carrol plays, has proven himself an exceptionally dynamic luthier, building everything from Baritones and Harp Guitars to this Stella 12-string. Bown's given us an extended scale length to allow for heavier gauge strings to be used in lowered tunings. We find that standard C or D works beautifully on this guitar; the voice is huge, lush, and projects outward with a cataclismic force. Moreover, at the reduced string tension of lowered tunings (which we recommend keeping this guitar in) fretting notes becomes fretless, so smooth is the action.

Decked out with a Sitka Spruce top and some seriously gorgeous Koa for the back and sides, the octave strings pairs exude rich tone like chocolate mousse. Designed for the Leadbelly approach to Country Blues, all thumbpicks and crackling treble strings, this guitar also behaves famously for flatpicked solos a la Jimi Hendrix (there's a great clip of Jimi playing a 12-string on Youtube, if you haven't seen it yet). If you're looking for a 12-string with more snap, crackle, and pop than a bag full of flatpicks, this is the guitar for you.

I think one of the things that I enjoy most about the Stella style is that it is meant to be tuned down to D standard or even C standard. It lowers the tension considerably, making it easier to play, which has a great effect on the warm, sweet tone, and gives this 12-string a cathedral-like voice: enormous, magnificent.
 
A great tribute to the old Stella 12-string made famous by Leadbelly. This guitar seems to have some of that vibe built into it.
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SCALE LENGTH 26.563 in
NUT WIDTH 1.97 in
STRING SPACING 2.5 in
WOODS SPRUCE,
KOA

We've got another Stella-inspired twelve string that we have in the shop! Ralph Bown, while better known for his smaller fingerstyle guitars like the OM that Clive Carrol plays, has proven himself an exceptionally dynamic luthier, building everything from Baritones and Harp Guitars to this Stella 12-string.
 

I think one of the things that I enjoy most about the Stella style is that it is meant to be tuned down to D standard or even C standard. It lowers the tension considerably, making it easier to play, which has a great effect on the warm, sweet tone, and gives this 12-string a cathedral-like voice: enormous, magnificent.
 
A great tribute to the old Stella 12-string made famous by Leadbelly. This guitar seems to have some of that vibe built into it.
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