The Dean Boca 12-String Electric Guitar is great for that jangly classic rock sound.
With the full twelve strings, a semi-hollowbody with arched top, dual humbuckers, Grover tuners, adjust... Read More
The Dean Boca 12-String Electric Guitar is great for that jangly classic rock sound.
With the full twelve strings, a semi-hollowbody with arched top, dual humbuckers, Grover tuners, adjustable bridge with stopbar tailpiece, and rosewood fretboard with dot markers. A sweet-playing axe that gets that Roger McGuinn sound to perfection.
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Boca delivers Bang for your Buck
I purchased this guitar about 8 months ago, but it is not my primary instrument. I wanted a solid 12 string that had a good acoustical sound, but was easily amplified without the...Read complete review
I purchased this guitar about 8 months ago, but it is not my primary instrument. I wanted a solid 12 string that had a good acoustical sound, but was easily amplified without the need for EQ�ۡ���s, sound hole, or transducer type pickups and other issues related to a standard acoustic guitar. The guitar has a wide neck across the fret board, good fret spacing, and low action straight from the box. The intonation was good in both open chord and bar chord playing at the 12th fret. I have medium large hands so the wide neck did not pose a problem and it makes picking comfortable, but someone with small hands may find it a bit difficult. The guitar is not balanced well at all and is top heavy. This causes the head to naturally tip downward while playing if you�ۡ���re standing up. If 12 string is your main axe it could be a little strenuous playing the guitar for long periods. The guitar is fairly basic with a single volume, tone control, and 3-way pickup selector. The form, fit, and finish is very good and it has the same weight and feel as an ES style guitar with a smaller body. It easily produces a nice warm sound of an acoustic as well bright sustain and crunch. This makes it easy to get a both an acoustic and electric sound from the guitar. I�ۡ���ve given the guitar an overall rating of 4 out of 5 because of the balance issue and wide neck, but for the price this is an outstanding guitar for those times when you want the chorus sound only a 12 string can give you.
Most Liked Negative Review
I returned it
I read all the reviews before buying and was excited to get this guitar. Very pretty guitar. Unfortunately, it didn't live up to my expectations. It had a bad tone control pot and...Read complete review
I read all the reviews before buying and was excited to get this guitar. Very pretty guitar. Unfortunately, it didn't live up to my expectations. It had a bad tone control pot and would cut out on the lower end. The jack to plug in was loose, wires showing thru sound holes,etc.
Reviewed by 36 customers
I love 12-string guitars. I have let go of all of them because my hands just couldn't keep up with what I wanted to do on them. They were all acoustic and my fatigue always overcame my desire. Light strings helped with the fatigue but not completely and I also lost the sound I was looking for. When I let them go I always missed them. Recently I thought "Why not try an electric? The action would be much tighter.". I looked at inexpensive ones and didn't feel comfortable investing the money even though the price was low. I read the reviews on this one and kept coming back to it. I couldn't find one to play first so, because of Guitar Center's generous return policy, I decided to order one of these and try it out. It is less expensive than the rest but, trust me, it is not cheap. I fell in love with it as soon as I brought it up to pitch. It is light enough and very well balanced. The action on it is a dream come true. I played on it for an hour without a single twinge or strain doing everything I could think of to test hand fatigue. Although it is semi-hollow and looks like a 335, it is not an arch top and the body is smaller, more like an SG. This actually makes it easier to play and can easily be used during quiet times at home. I ran it through my acoustic modeling pedal and it completely came to life again. The color spectrum it produces makes it like having a rack of guitars in one body. I love the humbuckers and the controls are responsive and noise-free. I am extremely happy with it and would recommend it to anyone. I haven't tried it with death metal but I threw some Foo Fighters at it and it took it without strain. It is so easy to play that it actually brought new technique out of my fingers. Five stars are well deserved.
I am a bass player but also teach and play guitar. I had a 1973 Guild F212 I bought new and in 2000 gave to my brother. I have wanted a good 12 string again but didn't want to pay the price for a Guild. My guitarist in my rock band got a Boca and I couldn't keep my hands off it. For the money I believe it is the best value for a 12 string guitar on the market. I was already aware of the balance problem with the strap button and simply put another one on the top screw of the neck plate. It still pulls down a little, but I tightened the strap enough that it hangs tight against my body. I can trade that little irritation for the great neck action and the sound I get out of it. It's going to be used up with a lot of love and satisfaction.
All the positive reviews are true. I've had it about 10 days. This guitar looks, plays and sounds great. Bridge pickup a little too bright for me but neck and neck plus bridge are excellent. It would be an astonishing value even if it cost a couple of hundred dollars more.I'm a basement hobbyist playing the Boca plugged into a Digitech 355 pedal and into my trusty, tank-like old Behringer Vintager AC 112. Plenty of Beatles, Byrds and Tom Petty sounds here. I have never played (or seen) a 12 string Ric but if you added up the total cost of this guitar, pedal and amp it would be half the price of the Ric. Great bargain. Remedy for the heavy neck: Use a Panet Waves Quick Release Guitar Strap System. One part loops around the neck and clips into a second loop that attaches to any cheap guitar strap. Yes, it freezes the neck if you play standing and yes, you will look like a 60's folkie. But it works. Use it sitting down also, so neck won't hit the floor if you move suddenly. Guitar fits snugly in Road Runner hard shell case. Okay for hobbyist but a gigging musicians might want something sturdier.
This guitar is an incredible value. Not expensive but solidly built. Neck is wide but comfortable. Intonation is good and the action is low. No trouble keeping it in tune. Neck is a smooth satin finish, adding to the ease of playing. The pickups offer a range of 12 string tone from mellow to very jangly. Almost possible to to go from an acoustic sound to real Ric tones. Beatles, Byrds, Tom Petty sounds are all here. Just do some experimenting with your amp and pedals. Mine is plugged into a Digitech RP355 then into a Behringer AC 112. Sounds great. Looks good too. Mine is trans amber. Neck is heavy, so just attach your strap to the head stock. Have had this guitar for several months and have had no issues or problems with it.
I got this one last week, and I'm loving it. It sounds great, if plays nice, and its comfortable on the fret-board. Its great if you are playing some rather simple songs. I am still getting used to it for the more complicated stuff. There is only one thing I don't like about it that it shares in common with bass guitars. The neck is the heaviest thing on it, so if you are standing up playing it, you will need either a strong arm, or a strap that will keep it in place. But if you are sitting down playing it, it works great. I have 2 guitars (out of eleven) that are my primary guitars. An Epiphone Les Paul Nightfall, and an Ibanez RG-8. This Dean 12 string is a great addition to my collection, so I give this a thumbs up. And it's fairly in-expensive for an electric 12 string. Get one now before they stop making them!
After a clearance special and getting 15% off, I got this guitar for $255. I'd have to say I love it. The neck is great and easy to play, it has Grover tuners, and it sounds prety decent. Everyone else in the band loved it. I do plan on changing the pickups to Seymour Duncan's and installing the Triple Shot switches so I can split coils and get more options for sound. All in all it's great for the money. It would be nice if it has an access panel on the back. I guess I'll have to wire everything through the pickup hole.
I had been searching for a good affordable 12 string electric guitar for quite a while and had read all of the reviews on line. Because of the many positive reviews, I visited the Guitar Center in Raleigh, NC in search of a Dean Boca. The store had one Black Boca on the rack. There were no other 12 string electric guitars in sight. I was hoping to try out the Ibanez Artist 12 string as well. Unfortunately, I found the Black Boca's action to be very high with buzzing at several frets. The intonation was off above the 5th fret, and the pickups were set too high. As I was walking out of the store, I happened to notice an Amber Sunburst Boca in a sound room in the back of the store. It's appearance was very striking, particularly for an affordable guitar. I decided to go in and try it out. I was truly surprised to find that this Amber Sunburst Boca was set up completely differently than the Black Boca on the rack. The strings were set low & and the action was smooth with absolutely no buzzing anywhere. The intonation was spot on all the way up the neck. And the sound through the amp was terrific. I asked John, the salesperson, if someone at the store had changed the set up of the guitar, because it was so different from the Black Boca. He said that no one had made any adjustments to the Amber Boca. He explained that guitars frequently arrive from the manufacturer with different set ups. At checkout, John was able to get me a coupon from the GC internet site and I walked out of the store very pleased to have purchased a great electric 12 string. I also added a Gator hard shell case that fit the Boca perfectly. Along with most of the Boca's reviewers I found the top-heavy balance of the guitar to be a problem while strapped in. Moving the strap pin to the baseplate of the neck did help a little. Also, I think separate volume controls for each pickup would enhance the tonal range. I'll probably add chrome pickup covers to reduce some of the hum.
This guitar is awesome. It plays great (excellent action), sounds great and was ready to play right out of the box. At this price it is a no brainer for anyone looking to buy an electric 12 string.
Kept picking this thing up everytime I went into a Guitar Center Store. Loved playing around with it. Finally decided that lifes too short so ordered one on-line (...already have a Martin acoustic 12 and a Takamine electric-acoustic 12. Bought this on impulse just because it felt good and looked cool). Took delivery of this jewel yesterday and I can say that I am impressed. Pulled it out of the box in the store and tuned it up. Was still in tune after I got it home a couple hours later and stayed in tune all night when I was playing with it. Will have to wait and see how well it stays tuned for longer periods. Action was right on. Plugged in at home and got to check everything out for real (...always kept things pretty quiet when messing around with one in the store). Has some great sound on both clean and lead channels. Didn't use the effects pedal (...because that is what the '67 Les Paul and '65 Strat is for). A solid, well built, great feeling, good looking instrument for the little money you pay for it. Ordered it in Cherry Sunburst late on a Wednesday and it was in my hands by noon the next Monday (...only because UPS doesn't deliver on Saturday because it made it to Baton Rouge Friday night)
Although I found the wider fingerboard something to adjust to, I adapted quickly. The sound on this is spectcular. If you can't afford $1500 + for a Rick 360, this is the way to go.
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