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First gathering momentum in the '20s and '30s as a major instrument fundamental to blues and folk music, the 12-string acoustic guitar has come a long way and can be found in genres ranging from rock to jazz to pop and back again.

In both electric and acoustic forms, but particularly the latter, the 12-string acoustic guitar has become an integral part of today's music scene. Become a part of the tradition with acoustic 12-strings from Taylor, Martin, and more by finding your own on Reverb.

What is a 12-string acoustic guitar?

A 12-string acoustic guitar is a guitar with 12 strings in six doubled courses. It’s played the same way a standard, six-string acoustic guitar is played, but it is known for having a fuller, warmer sound.

What is the difference between six- and 12-string acoustic guitar?

The difference between six- and 12-string acoustic guitars is the number of strings. 12-string acoustic guitars have twice as many strings because each string course is doubled, like a mandolin. A 12-string acoustic guitar can be played and tuned exactly like a six-string guitar.

What are 12-string acoustic guitar strings?

12-string acoustic guitars require unique strings because some of the strings are doubled in octaves. For example, the D'Addario XT Phosphor Bronze Acoustic Guitar Strings are sold with the bottom four strings doubled in octaves. This is what gives the 12-string acoustic guitar such a rich sound.

Do I need a special 12-string acoustic guitar pickup for my guitar?

You can use many of the same pickups in 12-string acoustic guitars as you would a six-string acoustic guitar, including undersaddle pickups, contact sensors, soundhole pickups, and the small condenser microphones that are attached to the inside or outside of acoustic guitars.

What makes a 12-string acoustic guitar bridge unique?

To accommodate for 12 strings, 12-string acoustic guitar bridges have two staggered rows of pins rather than a single row of six pins found on a six-string acoustic guitar.

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