There’s absolutely nothing easy about playing guitars with its traditional 6 strings as daunting as any instrument could be. Now imagine having to play 12 strings instead of 6 strings. If you want a fuller and richer sound, a 12-string guitar can offer you both and more. Acoustic guitars today have improved greatly from the way they were manufactured in the past, and 12-string guitars have profound sound improvements that you can take advantage of in your playing. With all the guitar products around, it’s always difficult to determine which ones are the best. Luckily for you, we’ve compiled a list of the five best 12-string guitars you can find on the market today.
Takamine is one of the leading names in the guitar manufacturing industry, and the quality make of their products is evident in this 12-string guitar. This guitar is made with only the best materials. The guitar top is made with solid Cedar while the back and sides of the guitar are made with Maple. In addition, the fingerboard is made with Rosewood. The glossy black finish gives this guitar an extremely classic look that will go perfectly well with a classical musician. The acoustic-electric feature that’s set up with CT4B II Electronics will give you sufficient amplification controls. You’ll also get a useful built-in tuner to help you tune all those 12 strings as needed.
The beautiful natural finish is the first thing you’ll notice when you pick up this Guild guitar. Then you’ll also probably notice the wonderfully crafted vintage shape before picking up on its size. This Guild acoustic-electric 12-string is a big one. It utilizes a Sitka Spruce solid top with an Indian Rosewood back and sides. It’s a stunning piece of instrument that’s supplemented by a decent Fishman Sonitone pickup. The full tone of this Guild classic is nothing short of impressive, and with full amplification, you’ll hear the difference brought on by all the features of this guitar put together. You can rock it hard with this guitar or keep it melodic with a classic tune. Either way, you’ll get a great sound regardless.
Martin has always been an acoustic favorite. If you’re a singer-songwriter, this guitar will be perfect for you. It’s a vintage instrument with a modern touch. The Sitka Spruce top combined with the Rosewood HPL back and sides produces such an engaging sound that’s amplified by the dreadnought body design and a built-in Fishman Sonitone electronics. Martin’s famous D-14 fret cutaway platform is featured in this guitar, giving you more flexibility in your playing. As with all other Martin guitars, you can expect a solid construction, optimal tone, and an impressive sustain even though this guitar is in Martin’s lower end. While the guitar may tend to be neck heavy, you can find a way to balance the guitar to make it worth your while.
Seagull Coastline S12 QI
The mid-range tone of this guitar is its best feature aside from the fact of Seagull’s solid North American construction. The three-layer lamination of Wild Cherry wood on the sides and the back that’s unique to this guitar gives it a unique sound that you won’t find on any other 12-string. The design of the Seagull Cedar neck gives this guitar greater stability and tuning capabilities. In addition, the Godin EPM Quantum acoustic guitar system will bring you superior performance. The system package may be small, but it’s easy to use and even offers an EQ control range for your specific sound needs.
This Sitka Spruce top guitar is a jumbo powerhouse. The natural finish on this guitar is reminiscent of its clean and clear sounds. The Maple back and sides coupled with the strong Mahogany Neck and Rosewood fingerboard finishes the stunning look of this guitar. It also features a StagePro EQ from LR Braggs, which will give you optimized sound perfect for live performances. Though a fairly young company, Alvarez has been carving a niche for itself in the industry, producing products with high-quality construction. Alvarez offers the best guitars for every possible price point including lower end ones just like this 12-string guitar.
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