I sat and played this guitar for about 3 hours last night while tuning up the intonation and balancing all the pickups adjustments.
THIS GUITAR IS PHONENOMINAL BEYOND DESCRIPTION ! IT IS ONE BAD MAMMY JAMMER.
The voicing of the 12 strings into the pickups and circuitry are beyond reproach.
The 3-band EQ scheme of the pickup volume controls is a big part of the incredible voicing.
The 3 pickup switches allow notching-out any of the 3 bands, ....so that the tone of any combination of pickups can be selected.
Although a similar voicing control can be done with the 3 pickups' volume controls, ...the switches remove the resistance of the pickups circuits that are thereby cut, with a slight "boost" in the remaining pickup(s) voicing.
The Master volume does it's job without changing the voicing that's set; Particularly handy for reducing the volume of a set voicing for Rythm playing, and the ability to throw the volume up for Lead playing with the same voicing. OR a different Rythm or Lead voicing can quickly be selected via the pickup switches or in conjunction with the 3pickups' volume controls.
I chose very light gauge strings to put on this Guitar initially, because (1) they will allow the bridge and neck to settle in better than with 12 heavier gauged strings, and; (2) they will allow for a slightly higher string action setting while all settles in, and; (3) they are easier on the fingers getting used to the quite exact techniques required for electric 12 string, and; (4) they allow more exploration of this Guitar by making Solo / Lead phrases much easier than with heavier gauge strings, and; (5) they "teach" a lighter picking touch technique (lighter pick works good too if a heavier pick is usually preferred) that carries over well to heavier gauge strings that won't "teach" lighter touch, and; (6) they are less stable than heavier gauge strings and thus accentuate dynamic picking nuances that demonstrate how incredibly dynamic Danelectro pickups are, particularly old aged ones. ~~~~~~~ Changing-out to heavier gauge strings is perfectly OK (which I myself would do after exploring this guitar with light gauge strings .....were it still mine!).