The Kay KD-28-12 is a relatively rare acoustic 12-string guitar. While tuning a 12-string guitar may seem like a daunting task, it is really quite similar to tuning a standard six-string instrument. In fact, the basic method is exactly the same. The extra six strings on the KD-28-12 guitar are meant to be tuned either an octave above or in unison with their counterpart strings -- which are equivalent to the six strings of a standard guitar.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Electronic tuner with a built-in microphone
Turn on your electronic tuner and set it near the soundhole of your KD-28-12 guitar. Eliminate as much background noise as possible to make sure the tuner picks up only your guitar.
Tune the low E strings (the ones closest to the ceiling if you are holding the guitar properly). Carefully strike only the top string of the pair, then turn the tuning knob that corresponds to this string until your tuner tells you it is producing an E note. You may have to strike the string several times as you manipulate the tuner. Repeat this process for the bottom string of the pair. This string should produce an E note that is exactly one octave below the top string of the pair. Most tuners will not distinguish between different notes of the same name, so be careful not to break any strings by overtightening them
Tune the A strings (the ones directly beneath the low E strings). As with the low E strings, the top string of the pair should be one octave higher than the bottom string.
Tune the D and G strings (the next two sets of strings beneath the A strings) as you have the low E and A strings.
Tune the B strings. Unlike the first four sets of strings, the B strings should be tuned to the exact same note, not an octave. Otherwise, tuning these strings is exactly like tuning the low E, A, D and G strings
Tune the high E strings. Like the B strings, the high strings get tuned to the exact same note.
Double-check the tuning of each individual string. Retune any strings which were accidentally knocked out of tune.
Tips and warnings
- If you do not own or wish to purchase an electronic tuner, many different 12-string guitar tuners can be found for free online. Tune each string to the tones produced by the tuner.
- If you accidentally turn the wrong tuning knob at any point (a common mistake on a 12-string instrument), go back and retune the specific string you have detuned.
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