#1
Hey folks,

Just interested to find out why someone would use a 12 string guitar. Are 6 in one tuning and 6 in another? And how do you play it exactly?

Thanks guys!
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#2
Ok 12 string guitars (double course strings) are just tuned in octaves, each of your main strings EADGBE is paired with a much lighter string an octave higher, creating a more full bodied sound. Classic example being Stairway really.

Normally found on acoustics more than Electric, but still follow the same concept for each.
#3
Do you think Smells Like Teen Spirit would sound the same if Paige hadn't used a 12 strings on it!?


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The main set of strings are tuned in standard E with the extra bass strings an octave higher (also usually placed on top of its counterpart so that the higher pitched strings are strung first) and the treble strings in unison. This makes: eE-aA-dD-gG-BB-EE.

The extra strings create a chorus-like effect, making twelve string guitars popular for open chord strumming.
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#4
Go back to The Hollies. 12 string electric was the essence of their sound. I have 2 electric 12s in different tunings ('cos tuning them is a pain) and I use them quite a bit for background guitar on recordings, then wail away on top with a 6 string.
Acoustic 12s are so commonly used as they give a lovely full sound with loads of harmonics. Plus they have that unique twang. The only downsides are the effort required to hold a clean chord and, unless you invest a lot in a 12 saddle tune-o-matic bridge, intonation can never be right.
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Do you think Smells Like Teen Spirit would sound the same if Paige hadn't used a 12 strings on it!?

Uhhh I think you mean Stairway. Teen Spirit is Nirvana, and there's no way any sane person would use a 12 string for it.
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Uhhh I think you mean Stairway. Teen Spirit is Nirvana, and there's no way any sane person would use a 12 string for it.

He was very obviously kidding.
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He was very obviously kidding.



Thank you for pointing out what i so thought was obvious.


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#8
so you always play all 12 at once? could sound quite awesome..
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#9
I think you'll understand better when you see this:

The strings are placed close together so that you can fret two at the same time with one finger without barring.