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Thread #132518   Message #4010948
Posted By: GUEST,Ray
28-Sep-19 - 01:24 PM
Thread Name: 12 String Guitars - why?
Subject: RE: 12 String Guitars - why?
I suspect that part of the problem (although I’m not so sure that it applies nowadays) is that 12 string guitars are/were bought by people (usually beginners) who are/were dissatisfied with the sound of their cheapo six string guitars.

12 strings tend to have a fuller/lusher sound and would appeal to the untrained ear. Indeed, I bought one myself back in 1960 something but it must be at least 40 years since I last played it.

Structurally, the pull of the strings tends to distort things. Combine this with strings which are past their change-by date and someone who has difficulty telling what is or isn’t in tune and you have the the scenario people describe.