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12 String Acoustic-Electric Guitars

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The 12 string acoustic electric guitar has given a unique sound to some of the world's most beloved songs. From the strumming patterns on David Bowie's Space Oddity to the haunting opening riff of Hotel California by the Eagles, the 12 string acoustic electric guitar is responsible for its fair share of memorable moments in the history of popular music. A 12 string guitar generally features twin sets of strings paired close together on the neck and tuned octaves apart. This creates a full, rich sound with a distinct tone, often compared to a chorus effect, that can't be reproduced on a six string counterpart without the use of pedals. The most obvious benefit of a 12 string acoustic electric guitar is that if you are looking to fill a larger room you can easily plug into any amp of your choosing. Each 12 string acoustic electric guitar includes pickups for an even greater range, allowing the sounds of your instrument to be heard absolutely everywhere. Those not content with the standard 12 string tuning can also enjoy a variety of options. From lush open tuning that provides a near orchestral sound, to evocative down-tuned styles, to the jangle-like quality of the legendary Nashville tuning, the possibilities with a 12 string guitar are nearly limitless. When looking to purchase a 12 string acoustic electric guitar, it's important to research the different options available to you. If you're interested in easily making use of the upper frets you'll be best suited to a body with a cut-away design, while if you have smaller hands, a guitar with a thinner neck will be right for you. 12 string guitars are versatile enough to play any style of music. From bluegrass to heavy metal, folk to rock and roll, the enchanting sounds of the 12 string guitar will add layers and texture to your original compositions.

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