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Dean Boca 12-String Electric Guitar Transparent Amber Sunburst 

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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,...Read More

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A quality twelve-string for an amazingly low price!

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
 
4.7

(based on 125 reviews)

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Pros

  • Fun to play (14)
  • Good tone (12)
  • Good feel (11)
  • Solid electronics (10)
  • Good pick up (9)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming (9)
    • Practicing (8)
    • Recording (8)
    • Small venues (6)
    • Rock concerts (5)
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      • Experienced (14)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Vintage 'Jangle' and Quality Instrument

    I reviewed the Dean Boca 12-string over a year ago and am glad to report that my initial comments and excellent ratings still stand. The guitar has held up well and the action...Read complete review

    I reviewed the Dean Boca 12-string over a year ago and am glad to report that my initial comments and excellent ratings still stand. The guitar has held up well and the action still amazes me. For an inexpensive specialty guitar, it really is a great value. In my previous review, I suggested the use of a compressor and equalizer with the Boca as a way of enhancing the sound and getting more vintage "jangle" out of the somewhat dark Dean humbuckers. I still stand by those comments, but after a year experimenting with the axe, I would like to make an additional suggestions for those seeking to achieve the vintage jangle of a Rickenbacker or Italia Rimini 12-string guitar. I no longer use the standard equalizer. I still use a compressor, but I have found an Electro-Harmonix Knockout pedal paired with the Dean Boca can really get some amazing results. The EH Knockout pedal is an attack equalizer with high-pass and low-pass filters and it makes humbuckers sound like single-coil pickups. Of course, your amp choice is still important. I like running the Boca through clean settings of Vox, Roland JC120, and Fender Twin amp simulations on my Line 6 POD. I hope this amendment to my initial review is helpful to those considering to purchase the Boca or for those who already own one.
    Great standard features for the money. The finish (amber) is very nice. Although it is not on the quality level of a high-end Rickenbacker 12-string, I prefer the Boca's wider neck to the Rickenbacker. I've played a number of Rics in music stores, but never owned one. The action on the Boca is simply amazing. It's low and easy to play. No buzzing. The humbuckers are a bit dark for the vintage sound I'm trying to achieve.
    It is certainly is a quality instrument and great value for the money.
    This is an inexpensive specialty guitar for someone who wants an electric 12-string, but can't afford a Rickenbacker or Italia Rimini. That being said, it's an excellent value and certainly a great instrument for the money. The Boca 12-string has exceeded my expectations and satisfies my need for certain sounds.

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    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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    5.0

    Great Sound and Value

    By TomC

    from Spring Hill Fl

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Rock Concerts
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Dean Boca 12-String Electric Guitar:

      I haven't had a 12 string guitar for over 40 years. This Guitar is everything I wanted it to be. Easy to play with fantastic sound. I would recommend it from the beginner to the experienced guitarist. You won't be disappointed.

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      5.0

      Everything I wanted

      By RJ

      from Madison, Wi.

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • No Flaws In Finish
      • No Special Set Up Needed
      • Quality Instrument
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

      • None

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Recording

      Comments about Dean Boca 12-String Electric Guitar:

      I always play seated (senior) so neck weight not a problem. I would advise guitar overall is heavier than it would appear to be.

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      5.0

      Heavy neck - great guitar - solution

      By Blakester

      from Aviano

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Rock Concerts
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Dean Boca 12-String Electric Guitar:

        I agree with all of the comments on this guitar. It is an excellent guitar with good sound, good action and (at least on mine) nice workmanship.

        The problem that we've all noticed is the balance of the guitar. I've solved it by putting on locking strap locks and hooking the rear of the guitar strap to my belt with a cat collar. I can stand with no hands on the guitar and it stays straight and level.

        WIth the balance issue resolved, the guitar is perfect for me.

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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        More than i expected

        By trashcanmann

        from San Bernaghetto, Ca.

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        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Poor balance
        • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Rock Concerts
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Dean Boca 12-String Electric Guitar:

        This is a good guitar for the price. The finish (amber) on mine is flawless and the sound is similar to considerably higher end instruments. The workmanship left a bit to be desired. There were areas inside the F Holes that were un-sanded, but i like it enough that i kept it and sanded it myself. Mine is intonated nicely, and holds a tune better than other 12 strings i have owned. My biggest gripe is that it is headstock heavy which is to be expected from an instrument like this one. I compensated by removing one of the neck bolts and adding a strap pin (top left bolt as you are playing the guitar). Putting my strap on this pin changed the balance drastically.

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        DEAN GUITAR 12 STRING

        By Rog

        from GA

        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:

            A Superb Guitar with excellent tone. My experience with Dean Guitars has been good. They make Excellent Guitars. To get really good sounds turn the bass down on your guitar amp. Beautiful instrument, Highly recommend it.Perfection for recording work.

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Great deal. Very easy to play.

            By DeadHeadInThePeg

            from Winnipeg, MB

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Solid Electronics
            • Very Accessible Neck

            Cons

            • Less Than Optimal Pickup
            • Very Neck Heavy

            Best Uses

            • Excellent For Beginners
            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording

            Comments about Dean Boca 12-String Electric Guitar:

            This is a very friendly 12 string. The one I bought had upgraded tuners, so I can't speak to the stock model. With the humbuckers, there is a nice sound, but not the ring that you get from a Rickenbacker. Nor should it be for the price. However, it's touted as having "that Roger McGuinn chime: it doesn't. Perhaps with a single coil... As well, the strings are strung in a traditional, ie: octave string on top, not in the Rickenbacker style. Nonetheless, the tone is even. Set up's a bit of a chore, but it's a 12 string. The guitar also sounds amazing through an OD pedal or if you want an Octave fuzz, without having the pedal, just plug this baby into a fuzz face. It is very neck heavy, so I'm not sure about using it for prolonged jams. I have not played an electric 12 string that beats this guitar, when considering the price.

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Balance the weight of the guitar

            By Old Dave

            from Tallmadge, Ohio

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            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Dean Boca 12-String Electric Guitar:

                With a lot of the weight in the neck and the stap button placement, there is a balance problem when playing in a standing position. My quick fix was to attach a shoe string through the hole at one end of my guitar strap and tie it behind the nut at the "tuner" end of the guitar. Worked like a charm. Take your hands of the guitar and it stays put, doesn't droop and doesn't need the support of your fretting hand. I may consider drilling a hole and moving the strap button but this works fine for now and no extra holes in this beauty.

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                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                awesome guitar

                By Love Blues Tone

                from Roanoke, VA

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                Pros

                • Fun To Play

                Cons

                • None

                Best Uses

                • Anything You May Need

                Comments about Dean Boca 12-String Electric Guitar:

                got mine at a local shop. had been watching it for sometime on musicians friend. guys there know i was looking for and electric 12. i don't fined it neck heavy after all it is a 12 string. action was perfect and after string change and pick up setting she screams!!! and an epiphone lp hardsheel works perfectly. cherry burst is awesome.

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                not flawless but pretty good

                By the dude abides

                from chicago, il

                About Me Professional Musician

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                Pros

                • Action Good Out Of Box
                • Fun To Play
                • Good Feel

                Cons

                • Feedback
                • Muddy Neck Pup

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Dean Boca 12-String Electric Guitar:

                  This guitar actually came from mf with no set-up needed. a miracle.so here we go,
                  Cons: I did get some feedback when playing anything with the slightest gain. The guitar is very neck heavy as everyone else says and its almost impossible to play in a live setting. The balance really makes it hard. Also the neck pickup is pretty muddy for my taste.
                  Pros: The guitars action out of the box was dead on. Low, no buzzing, true throughout the whole neck.
                  My exp: Im running this through a peavey valveking with a very involved pedalboard, and I just could not dial in the right sound at first. I ended up covering the f-holes with clear packing tape and WOW. Now it sounds amazing. just like a 12 string ought to sound. The neck is still muddy but the bridge sounds awesome.

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                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Great working man's guitar

                  By trashcanmann

                  from San Bernaghetto, Ca.

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                  Ask me a question

                  Pros

                  • Fun To Play
                  • Good Feel
                  • Good Pick Up
                  • Good Tone
                  • GREAT sound
                  • Solid Electronics
                  • Working Mans Price

                  Cons

                  • Poor Quality Craftsmanship
                  • top heavy

                  Best Uses

                  • Jamming
                  • Practicing
                  • Recording
                  • Rock Concerts
                  • Small Venues

                  Comments about Dean Boca 12-String Electric Guitar:

                  This Guitar would get 5 stars from me if the craftsmanship had been better. It has visable trim flashing around the F-Holes. I can live with that since it's not a furnature value guitar. It is top heavy but that is to be expexted since 12 machines weighs more than 6 and the headstock has to be larger.It played in tune within hours of bring it to pitch, and holds a tune better than most 12 strings.

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