Topic: 12-string or not
Q1: I'm a beginner - 5 months into my musical journey. I own a 6-string but can't help thinking about getting a 12 stringer. I know there's the whole cart before the horse thing - learn to play what I have first but... The IDEA of playing a 12 - and it does seem easier for my fingers to land on TWO strings instead of one - is hard to resist. Thankfully a friend is going to loan me his 12-string to preempt a premature purchase.
Q2: Re 12-strings. Old. v new? Should I succumb to temptation I am trying to decide (currently) between a new Alvarez AJ60SC-12 or a 1970 model Yamaha FG-230. The former is new but the latter has a story: original owner, case, excellent condition, etc. One has electronics, one doesn't. One is mahogany/spruce and one is maple/spruce, one is a jumbo cutaway one is a dreadnaught. I realize sound is the final determinant but I've heard horror storries about used 12-string guitars.
Until then I continue: progress, plateau, near-stall, breakthru, progress and so on. Persistence.