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12 string acoustic guitar

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      The acoustic twelve-string guitar is an acoustic with 12 strings in 6 courses, which produces a richer, more ringing tone than a standard six-string guitar. Essentially, it is a type of guitar with a natural chorus effect due to the subtle differences in the frequencies produced by each of the two strings on each course.

     The two strings in each bass course are normally tuned an octave apart, while each pair of strings in the treble courses are tuned in unison.


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