The Best Twelve String Acoustic Guitar

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The Best Twelve String Acoustic Guitar
The best 12-string acoustic guitar for you is largely based on your playing style and the sound of the guitar. (S Dunn/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

Choosing the best 12-string acoustic guitar is largely a matter of taste as there are many manufacturers of 12-string acoustic guitars that make excellent instruments and each has its own qualities. When choosing the best 12-string guitar, there are many things to consider, but none more important than its sound and playability.

Martin D-12 David Crosby

With a suggested retail price of over £3,900 (as of March 2011), the Martin D-12 David Crosby 12-string acoustic guitar is well known for having superior sound and incredible craftsmanship. Made of quilted mahogany and Carpathian spruce woods, the D-12 produces a deep, rich and full sound when played. Martin guitars are often the most expensive guitars made due to many of their models increasing in value as they get older, while most guitars manufactured by other companies decrease in value over time. Due to this, many people see Martin guitars as an investment vehicle.

Taylor LKSM 12 String

The Taylor LKSM 12 string guitar is the top of the line for Taylor guitars. Made with a blend of Sitka spruce, Indian rosewood and American mahogany woods, the LKSM is given a deep sound that is consistent whether playing softly or loudly. With an ebony fretboard and a Tusq nut, the LKSM is as much as work of art as it is a wonderful instrument.

Guild F-512

The Guild F-512 model has been in production since 1968. Fans of 12-string guitars consistently rate the F-512 as a five-star guitar. Using the highest-rated Sitka spruce woods and mother of pearl inlays, the F-512 looks as good as it sounds. When playing the F-512, the entire guitar vibrates, making the guitar's sound project cleanly and loudly.

Gibson's Epiphone Roy Orbison 12 String

While Gibson's Epiphone line of guitars are their less expensive line of guitars, the Roy Orbison Signature 12 String is a finely crafted instrument that produces brilliant sound. A combination of spruce and mahogany is well balanced in its construction, allowing the guitar to produce rich, full tones.

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