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When the time comes to add a little more sound to your electric guitar playing, it's not all about pedals. Try a 12-string electric guitar and channel the '60s jangle of the Beatles and the Byrds, or the alternative sounds of Peter Buck of R.E.M.

Popular 12-string electrics include several Rickenbacker options like the 360-12, but there are also many 12-string guitars from Gibson, Guild, and Fender, like the Strat-like Fender XII. Whichever style suits you best, check back here from the best deals on new, used and vintage 12-string electric guitars on Reverb.

What are 12-String Electric Guitars?

12-string electric guitars are like standard electric guitars, but with six doubled courses. The lower four strings are tuned in octaves, while the top two strings are simply doubled. This gives the instrument a fuller, more jangly sound compared to a standard six-string guitar.

How is a 12 string electric guitar tuned?

An electric 12-string guitar is tuned just like a standard guitar, only in doubled courses. You can tune a 12-string electric guitar to standard tuning, or any of the many open tunings popular among guitarists.

Is playing a 12-string guitar different? Are 12-string electric guitars harder to play?

In theory, playing a 12-string electric guitar is no different than playing a standard six-string electric guitar. However, it’s more common to play the 12-string electric guitar as a rhythm instrument rather than in a solo or lead capacity, but it can still be done.

12-string electric guitars are no harder to play than a standard six-string guitar. However, it can take your fingers some getting used to pressing down two strings at once on the 12-string electric guitar neck, and restringing a 12-string electric guitar bridge can be a bit of a time-consuming endeavor compared to a six-string guitar.

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