es 12 string in Gibson ES Posted October 24, 2016 · Report reply When it's strung up and tuned EADGBe the string tension is just too much to work with. If it had .050 JUMBO frets it might be more comfortable. Had similar problem with mine, after much trial and error it is now with D'Addario EXL 150s 10-46s which have lighter octave strings than the Ernie Balls so a bit more comfortable. Still has a pretty dark sound for an electric 12 string though. I have 2 other electric 12 strings - an Italia which is very jangly, the top half of an EDS- 1275 which is full and raucous, and the 335-12 which is kinda dark. It's good in alt tunings like DADGAD, Drop D or even just tuned as standard but a tone down, in D.