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Dean Boca 12-String Electric Guitar  

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Overview
  • Semi-hollowbody with arched top
  • Dual humbuckers
  • Grover tuners
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    $559.99 - $599.99
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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
 
4.6

(based on 122 reviews)

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    (18)

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    (4)

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    (2)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (11)
  • Good tone (9)
  • Good feel (8)
  • Solid electronics (7)
  • Good pick up (6)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming (6)
    • Practicing (6)
    • Recording (5)
    • Small venues (4)
    • Rock concerts (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (11)

    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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    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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    5.0

    DEAN GUITAR 12 STRING

    By Rog

    from GA

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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:

        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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        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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        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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            (1 of 1 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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            4.0

            not flawless but pretty good

            By the dude abides

            from chicago, il

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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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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Great working man's guitar

              By trashcanmann

              from San Bernaghetto, Ca.

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              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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              4.0

              A real gem, but needs body weight

              By ArdentBard

              from SoCal

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              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Beautiful finish
              • Good Pick Up
              • Good Tone
              • Outstanding Workmanship
              • Solid Electronics

              Cons

              • Weight distribution

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Small Venues

              Comments about Dean Boca 12-String Electric Guitar:

              I had a Rickenbacker 12 string in the late 60's but had to let it go due to financial considerations. Been kickin' myself ever since. I saw this as an affordable means to get that "sound" again. And it almost worked. As has been mentioned elsewhere in these reviews, the guitar tends to be a little light in the body, or heavy in the neck depending on how you feel about such things. After playing this guitar for 15 minutes I felt like I was trying to hold up a suspension bridge with my left arm.
              I tried playing sit-down, and messing with the strap configurations (including a double shoulder strap that is available here at MF) but nothing distributed the weight in a manner I could handle for any length of time. Part of the problem, I'm sure, is my "advanced middle age." Otherwise that double shoulder strap might have been the answer. Sadly, and ONLY because of the weight distribution, I had to send this little jewel back. If I could have figured something out I'd still be jammin on this fine instrument.

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              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Great Guitar with one rough spot

              By Flat Sax

              from PDX, Oregon

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              Pros

              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Good Tone

              Cons

              • Neck heavy

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Recording
              • Small Venues

              Comments about Dean Boca 12-String Electric Guitar:

              I picked one of these up used in mint condition last week from a local store and I am amazed at the sound and quality.
              The semi hollow body makes for a very nice tone when practicing unplugged (Great for night practicing in an apartment for me) and a very warm tone through an amp. I had originally gone looking for an acoustic bass, but got side tracked and fell in love with this guitar. When properly set up it is a breeze to play with no buzzes anywhere down the neck.

              The only gripe I have is that most of the weight is toward the neck from the strap hooks, causing the neck to drop when playing while standing. Most of my time is spent sitting down, so this isn't much concern to me. However, if you plan to get this for gigging, be wary.

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              (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              3.0

              Good guitar if you're sitting down

              By Rocket

              from St Louis

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Appearance
              • Fun To Play
              • Good Tone

              Cons

              • Bad Weighting Neck Dive

              Best Uses

                Comments about Dean Boca 12-String Electric Guitar:

                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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