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Dean Boca 12-String Electric Guitar  

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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, adjustab... Click To Read More About This Product

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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.

Check the drop-down menu to the right to select colors and/or other options. Case sold separately.

Features
  • Semi-hollowbody with arched top
  • Dual humbuckers
  • Grover tuners
  • Adjustable bridge with stop tailpiece
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • Master volume/tone controls
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DeanBoca 12-String Electric Guitar
 
4.6

(based on 180 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (139)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (27)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (23)
  • Good feel (18)
  • Good tone (16)
  • Good pick up (13)
  • Solid electronics (13)

Cons

  • Craftsmanship (3)

Best Uses

  • Jamming (15)
  • Practicing (13)
  • Small venues (12)
  • Recording (11)
  • Rock concerts (8)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (20), Professional musician (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

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.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Good guitar if you're sitting down

When I first got this guitar, I absolutely adored it. I did minor set up work (the string height was too low, causing a little fret buzz), but the intonation was perfect...Read complete review

When I first got this guitar, I absolutely adored it. I did minor set up work (the string height was too low, causing a little fret buzz), but the intonation was perfect out of the box. Like any 12 string, the first tuning is tune, stretch, retune, and repeat until solid (3X). The finish was perfect, and the construction was rock solid in the unit I got.

Unfortunately, I did return it for a refund. I tried a 45 minute set of Beatles tunes, and when standing, with the strap, the neck would dive to the floor because the body has almost zero weight. It was too much of a pain to keep it propped up with my playing hand after 15 minutes or so. Since I need a 12 string I can gig with, I had to part ways with it. I'm giving it a good rating for two reasons. 1) It plays and sounds great. 2) I would have kept it if using it just to record (ie - sitting down). So, I'd recommend it to a friend if his use was simply home recording. It is a good guitar, just not for use with a strap.

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3.0

Long term review

By Brick

from Wisconsin

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Fun To Play

Cons

  • Flat Sound
  • Fret Buzz

Best Uses

  • Jamming

Comments about Dean Boca 12-String Electric Guitar:

I would really give this guitar 2.5 stars, but you can't give half stars.

I've had my Boca for a few years. I always like the sound of 12 strings and thought I would give this a shot because the price was so low.

The neck is very wide compared to most electric 12 strings, that's the good part. The quality wasn't so great. Lots of buzzing when it came. Adjustment fixed some of it but not all. There were frets that weren't level.

It sounds OK using the bridge pickup or the bridge/neck combined. The neck pickup by itself I found to be too muddy sounding. The body looked nice but I'm not sure how much the hollow body helps the sound. It's kind of cheaply built and the sound is a little tinny. Might actually have been better with a solid body.

That said, it's not a bad instrument depending on what you want it for. If you just going to dabble occasionally with a 12 string, it's pretty good and a nice price. But if you think you might want a 12 string as a serious part of your arsenal, spend a little more money for something else. There are other options without spending well over a grand for a Ric.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Off the charts happy with the Dean Boca-12

By Keith McD

from Raleigh, NC

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Small Venues

    Comments about Dean Boca 12-String Electric Guitar:

    Almost a great guitar out of the box, but wait, not so fast...With any 12-string you just need to accept in advance that this will be a more finicky instrument. There is just a lot more going on in terms of tuning, intonation, bridge height, etc... so while it was OK out of the box, I had a basic set-up done at GC with new strings and that took it from 3 stars...to 5 stars. Bake that $50 set-up into your purchase price and you won't be disappointed. Once done, however, incredible sounds and craftsmanship at this price point. In the 12-string market there's a lot of high-end guitars, and an lot of cheap guitars. Finding a reasonably-priced "in between" instrument that you'd be proud to play is a tough job but Dean absolutely nailed it with the Boca. It's fun, unique and adds a great sound to your set on those songs that call for some extra ring.

    Important to say that I've heard of Dean for a while now (since back in the late '70s when they came out) but my first purchase was a Dean Backwoods banjo I bought earlier this year. I saw the pound-for-pound workmanship and features over the other higher-priced, name brand banjos and was so pleased with that purchase - that I decided to take a chance on a Dean 12-string electric. Very happy, similar positively-surprised experience at every turn. The more I play it the more I appreciate what went into it.

    Final Note on color: I was concerned in advance that the GC photo looked awfully yellow with a bright red strip as an afterthought. That was NOT the case with my Boca-12 - it was a classic maple-to-red sunburst that showed some nice work in the paint shop.

    Overall, if you are looking for a 12 that does the unique things that 12s are supposed to do, you need to consider this instrument. Dollar for dollar it's the best.

     
    5.0

    a great 12 string for the money!

    By Keith

    from Lombard IL

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about Boca 12-String Electric Guitar:

    It's a beautiful guitar and sounds great and is easy to play because of the neck. The finish is great!

     
    5.0

    Tuned it played it right out of the box excellent !

    By Minstrel Kirk

    from Island Lake,Ill

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Dean Boca 12-String Electric Guitar:

      I play in a Praise & Worship Band....this guitar enhances the sound dramatically...action is great..intonation great,right out of the box....I have had higher end 12 strings....but I really like this one...good craftmanship,couldn't be happier...

       
      5.0

      Perfect in every way. Looks, sound, playable, price.

      By Wizard69

      from Up-State N.Y.

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Dean Boca 12-String Electric Guitar:

          WOW…. I am thrilled with how nice my new Dean Boca 12 string looks and plays. It is as perfect as any guitar I've played. The finish is flawless. Tuners are tight and precise. The wider neck makes it very easy to play. The set-up was great right out of the box. Easy to tune for a 12 string. I own 16 electrics including four Fenders, four Gibson, three Rickenbacker (325 just like John's) but this Dean 12 string might become my favorite to play. It sounds great with a wide variety of tones. I can't wait to play some Beatles/Byrds/Tom Petty tunes. I would give it 10 Stars if I could.

           
          4.0

          Well worth the money

          By Opie-wan

          from Kansas City, MO

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Tone

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Dean Boca 12-String Electric Guitar:

            I play in a 60's tribute band and many of the tunes require 12 string. The Dean Boca is an affordable, easy to play guitar that fits the bill nicely.

            (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            A Piece of Garbage

            By Jez

            from NYC

            About Me Professional Musician

            Pros

            • Very Low Price

            Cons

            • Poor Quality Craftsmanship
            • Ridiculously heavy. Feels like 15 pounds

            Best Uses

            • Played it once. Didn't even want to look at it

            Comments about Dean Boca 12-String Electric Guitar:

            Do yourself a favor and buy a decent 12 string electric. This isn't it. There's a reason it's so inexpensive

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Relocate the strap button....

            By Buzz Flewhart

            from NW Arkansas

            About Me Professional Musician

            Pros

            • Fun To Play

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Rock Concerts

              Comments about Dean Boca 12-String Electric Guitar:

              Saw a couple of bad reviews due to this model being "top heavy". This is what I did with my DEAN. I relocated the strap button to the neck plate screw. I used the screw furthest from the strap button. Just remove one screw, refasten the strap button and it will be LESS top heavy. Not perfect but much improved balance. Also, be sure to use a strap that is NOT slick on the backside. I prefer an leather strap with some roughness to it. Much easier to play.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great value, good sound

              By Daniel

              from Hastings, NE

              Site Member

              Comments about Dean Boca 12-String Electric Guitar:

              I was a little hesitant to order this guitar without having played one and I had read some negative reviews, but the positive reviews here and in other sites brought some hope. I nearly bought a Ric 12 but the narrow neck probably wouldn't work with my large hands. That said, I decided to take a chance. To my pleasant surprise the guitar exceeded my expectations. It was set up pretty well right out of the box. Low action, no fret buzzing any where on the neck. I wanted that 60s "jangle" and was not disappointed. I play it on the middle toggle position and run it through a compressor pedal. I have ordered a set of Ric flat wound strings (through another vendor as GC doesn't stock them). I ordered the Amber finish and it looks good and the finish is pretty much flawless. The neck is maple and is finished in a flat sheen which makes for easy movements up and down the neck. The frets are nicely dressed for a guitar of this price range, no sharp edges. The abalone dots are a nice touch. I tuned the guitar and played it for some time, retuning a couple times, then put it away over night and when I picked it up the next day it was still in tune.

               
              5.0

              Great value, good sound

              By Daniel

              from Hastings, NE

              Site Member

              Comments about Dean Boca 12-String Electric Guitar:

              I was a little hesitant to order this guitar without having played one and I had read some negative reviews, but the positive reviews here and in other sites brought some hope. I nearly bought a Ric 12 but the narrow neck probably wouldn't work with my large hands. That said, I decided to take a chance. To my pleasant surprise the guitar exceeded my expectations. It was set up pretty well right out of the box. Low action, no fret buzzing any where on the neck. I wanted that 60s ""jangle"" and was not disappointed. I play it on the middle toggle position and run it through a compressor pedal. I have ordered a set of Ric flat wound strings (through another vendor as GC doesn't stock them). I ordered the Amber finish and it looks good and the finish is pretty much flawless. The neck is maple and is finished in a flat sheen which makes for easy movements up and down the neck. The frets are nicely dressed for a guitar of this price range, no sharp edges. The abalone dots are a nice touch. I tuned the guitar and played it for some time, retuning a couple times, then put it away over night and when I picked it up the next day it was still in tune.

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