Daion The '80/12

Daion The '80/12

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The '80/12, 12 String Guitar from Daion.

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Daion The '80/12 tech. sheet

  • Manufacturer: Daion
  • Model: The '80/12
  • Category: 12 String Guitars
  • Added in our database on: 09/22/2013

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Daion The '80/12 user reviews

Average Score:5.0(5/5 based on 1 review)
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Boris Spider04/12/2014

Boris Spider's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Sound and robust"

Daion The '80/12
12 string made in Japan, as its name suggests it is guitar output in 1980. According to what we read on the web, Daion is a Japanese company that made very good guitars that sold at prices derisory. This is what, it seems, finally shed the box.
Guitar dreadnought shape rather original look, oval soundhole with a pickguard wing-shaped bat.
I do not know the wood used for the table and sides, just as the fingerboard is rosewood. But in any case, when it was in hand, one has the feeling that this is a really solid guitar, and she will spend the next 30 years without any problems. 2 saddles of origin were brass, there is no more than the easel.
I bought a German on Ebay, he mounted a Nut bone, and amplify the guitar with a piezo bridge connecting the nut. When I unpacked and I started playing, the first thing I said to me is: "What is this shit unplayable??" The action was horribly high (the guy had to use the guitar to exclusively slide), disgusting button and aged strings were a vile sound.
And then I took him to my luthier. And there is a revelation! She changed the Nut, and succeeded in lowering the action at a height nickel.


The handle is wide enough, it is not bad for my little fingers. The grip is very good, although it weighs a little weight, 12-string requires. I grant 2 tone below, my left hand is a bit feeble, and there, I can play for hours! With the new settings, this guitar is a killer.


The sound is just beautiful. I fitted D'Addario coated bronze, and it is a shine and exceptional warmth, everything you expect from a great 12-string. It has an infinite sustain, must almost always block the strings it stops.
I play okay, but especially fingerpicking, and it is terrific! Obviously this is not the vintage sound a bit dry sometimes hear about lives of Leo Kottke, but really shine gives another aspect to pieces Kottke I get to play. The game open tuning, even below 2 tons, nickel is no bad buzz. In short, it's great!
on the other hand, with the new settings, it is impossible to play slide: the sound is very muffled, and the strings do not sound at all. Must then make a choice.


It's been eight months that I bought, and 8 months I troll around, she does not flinch. I'm not on stage, but I am sure she would much instantly.
This is my first true 12-string, I bought 3 more after this one (being a fan of vintage sound, I wanted to buy the old 12-string with a very dry sound). It is one that has the most value to the sound level, I think I will try to keep as long as possible and do sell for a big bundle of money. With the cost of violin, I find myself with an exceptional guitar (both physical and noise) for € 580. It was well worth the money. If you come across the brand Daion, frankly, go for it, it's worth it!

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