Twelve String Guitar

The Auditorium

The Concert

body length.....20"

body length......20"

lower bout.......16"

lower bout.......14 3/4"

waist................10 1/4"

waist...............8 1/2"

Standard features: Scalloped bracing, bone nut and saddle, wood bridge pins, wood binding, wood pickguards, highly arched backs, quality tuners and a high quality hand-rubbed violin varnish.

I saw the woods I use from cants or bolts, air dry them and grade them instrument or master grade.

Back and sides woods: Walnut, Hawaiian Koa, Bigleaf Maple

Top wood: Sitka Spruce -- I build my 12 strings tops using only Sitka Spruce for structural reasons.

Necks: Honduras Mahogany and Hardrock Maple -- The necks that I build are vertical grain Mahogany with a 1/4" insert of Maple. A channel is cut into the Maple to receive an adjustable truss rod. For my 12 string guitars I build only a 12 fret neck for structural reasons. For those players wishing better access to the higher frets I recommend a cut away body style.

Fingerboards and bridges: Ebony

Binding woods: Maple and Ebony -- Many variations of binding and purfling are available using differing thicknesses of Maple and Ebony.

Pickguards are generally the same wood as used for the back and sides.

Peghead overlay is generally cut from the special wood that is used for the pickguard.

Base price for an Auditorium or Concert 12 string guitar is $2,300.

Options: Multiple binding and purfling, wood binding on the fingerboard, cut away body design, master grade wood choices, and some custom inlaying. Pickups can also be built in.

Guarantee for the 12 string includes being able to tune them to concert pitch.

12 string

12 string head


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