#1
Hai there,

Any idea? The only guitarist I can think of who plays a 12 string guitar is John Butler. Theres odd stuff by other artists like Hear my Train.. by Hendrix and IIRC I saw Leo Kottke playing a 12 stringer on youtube, but other than that?

Can you guys think of anyone else?
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#2
jimmy page obvs
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#3
Roger McGuinn played one in The Byrds. And of course there was Jimmy Page's double neck.
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jimmy page obvs


I would of said him, but I'd say he's more famous for just the doubleneck itself.
Most people who don't play would be like 'wow... a 2 neck guitar' sorta speaking.

Although he did make the double neck itself an instrument of fame, I suppose the 12-string would go down to it to.
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Led Zep, The Byrds, The Beatles, Rush, Boston, Stevie Ray Vaughan.
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#9
Neil Young also played a 12-string alot.
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I would of said him, but I'd say he's more famous for just the doubleneck itself.
Most people who don't play would be like 'wow... a 2 neck guitar' sorta speaking.

Although he did make the double neck itself an instrument of fame, I suppose the 12-string would go down to it to.


yeah i see what you mean

i could name endless bands that use 12 string acoustics when they do mtv unplugged or something like that.

Slash used the doubleneck live when gnr played knocking on heavens door didn't he?
also Steve Vai's tripleneck had a 12 string.

i fail to think of anybody else who uses/used just a normal single-neck 12 string
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Ive seen David Bowie use 12 strings quite alot
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yeah i see what you mean

i could name endless bands that use 12 string acoustics when they do mtv unplugged or something like that.

Slash used the doubleneck live when gnr played knocking on heavens door didn't he?
also Steve Vai's tripleneck had a 12 string.

i fail to think of anybody else who uses/used just a normal single-neck 12 string


yeah i'm still wondering what was the point of a triple neck guitar
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jimmy page obvs


What songs did he play one with? I know Stairway has one but what others? Tangerine maybe?

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Roger McGuinn played one in The Byrds. And of course there was Jimmy Page's double neck.


Ahh the Byrds! Thanks, man, I forgot about them!

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Neil Young also played a 12-string alot.


Wow really? I never knew, what songs? (what albums?) I'm a big fan, I'd love to find some footage of him playing a 12 string !

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Ive seen David Bowie use 12 strings quite alot


Again, what songs?
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Wow really? I never knew, what songs? (what albums?) I'm a big fan, I'd love to find some footage of him playing a 12 string !



He did several songs on the acoustic half of the Rust Never Sleeps Live DVD with a 12 string acoustic.
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#17
Modern day players I like include: Pete Seeger, Mark Spoelstra, Dave "Snaker" Ray, Gordon Bok, and Paul Geremia.

Old time players I listen to a lot include: Blind Willie McTell, Lead Belly, Jesse Fuller, and Rev. Gary Davis.

There are many more in both categories, of course, but these are my faves. They may be a bit too "folky" for some.
#19
John Denver
The Byrds
The Eagles
Leadbelly

These are the ones that popularied it, but I also love:
Ralph McTell
Leo Kottke (AMAZING 12 string work)
Pink Floyd

EDIT: I know I'll have missed some really obvious ones on here...
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#21
Out of all the suggestions, I find it hard to believe that everyone so far has missed the Moody Blues. Many of their songs incorporate a 12 string in them, with fabulous results. One of my all time fav bands for sure.
#22
Today, I'd say John Butler.
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Today, I'd say John Butler.

I think that John Butler actually plays an 11 string mostly, it seemed to me that on most of his vids he didn't have a doubled 3rd string.
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Led Zep, The Byrds, The Beatles, Rush, Boston, Stevie Ray Vaughan.


You name all them, but alas, like everyone else, you forget to mention The Kinks. The 12 string was a fundamental part of their sound. Moreso for them than it was for Zep, the Beatles and Rush.
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#26
Are you forgetting David Bowie?
He has quite large in his Ziggy Stardust years, and he was almost always heard/seen strumming a 12-string with interesting chord progressions behind the glam blast.
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I think that John Butler actually plays an 11 string mostly, it seemed to me that on most of his vids he didn't have a doubled 3rd string.


Yeah, but they all are 12-string guitars. He removes his octave G-string because it snapped all the time and he didn't like having his highest string somewhere in the middle of the fretboard as well.
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#28
David Crosby, of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Stills also plays 12 string some, I think someone mentioned Genesis, Eagles and America, Tom Petty uses 12 string a lot, his lead guitar player Mike Campbell too, (Tom's biggest influence was Roger McGuinn, a couple of his songs would pass for Byrds songs) Shawn Phillips, Cheap Trick, Eric Clapton used a 12 string some on the Unplugged video, probably in a lot of his studio work too, and many bands use 12 string for studio work and you may not realize it. I'd be willing to bet Joe Perry has a couple of 12 strings, Van Wilks (one of my favorite guitar players) used a 12 string on the Texas Jukin' title track, Joe Walsh, John Hiatt, Rick Derringer, George Harrison, Jimmy Buffett...just about everybody you can think of has used a 12 string at least occasionally.
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#29
leo kottke. only one person said him.
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I think that John Butler actually plays an 11 string mostly, it seemed to me that on most of his vids he didn't have a doubled 3rd string.


You're a bit pedantic aren't ya
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yeah i'm still wondering what was the point of a triple neck guitar


Sheer awesomeness.

I think it was a 12-string, a 6-string and a 6-string fretless with a sustainer. I thought it was awesome.