There's nothing quite like the sound of a 12-string acoustic guitar. It's so iconic and unique, and it never goes out of style. We often think of the 12-string sound as strummed cowboy chords but they are so much more than that. Blues players have long used 12-strings to deliver a rich galloping sound. You can even solo on a 12-string if your fingers are strong enough. The effect is exceptionally beautiful, as it sounds like two guitar players that are locked together perfectly. The tones issue forth with a shimmering, chorus-like effect. It’s easy to pick up your 12-string intending to strum an idea for a few minutes and end up exploring its sounds for hours.
When it comes to body shapes, you have a surprising breadth of choices. You can go for the classic look and feel with options like the dreadnought, grand symphony, jumbo and many other size and shape variations. We also carry a wonderful selection of modern shapes designed to be comfortable onstage, with deep contour cutaways and thinline versions. There are so many body shapes you could spend all afternoon going through them all. You may be able to shorten the learning curve a bit by finding out which style is used by your favorite 12-string player. Sometimes with a little research you can discover the exact guitar used on a favorite recording. That’s always a great place to start.
Obviously the woods used have a big influence on the tone of any acoustic instrument, and 12-string guitars are no exception. You have a lot of choices in the materials used in constructing your instrument. We offer instruments with gorgeous top woods like spruce, cedar, and koa. For back and sides construction, there is a huge selection of woods to choose from including traditional options like rosewood and maple, as well as exotics like Sapeoe, Ovangkol, and Walnut. These also come with finishes ranging from gloss and satin, as well as many great urethane and varnish finishes.
Whether you play left-handed or right, we have a guitar for you. We offer guitars in a variety of nut widths and scale lengths. You also have the option of getting an instrument with piezo pickup electronics mounted under the saddle. Many of our guitars also feature onboard preamps for top-shelf plugged-in tones.
When it comes to 12-string acoustic guitars, we went the distance to bring you a wide variety of superb instruments made by the top brands in the business. Whether you plan to strum some great old tunes by the campfire, or turn heads at the blues joint, we have guitars to suit your application.
Given the sheer number of choices before you, don’t hesitate to call us and ask questions. Our Sales Engineers are well versed in the differences between tone woods and all of the available options on these guitars. We’re happy to help you find the perfect 12-string acoustic guitar for you. Learn More
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