12 String Classical Guitar

Choice of classical guitar strings and technical issues connected with their use.
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Sobers
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Re: 12 String Classical Guitar

Post by Sobers » Tue May 19, 2015 12:59 pm

So it looks like someone (Dake Traphagen) have done it...
follow this link http://www.traphagenguitars.com/guitars/12string_b.html


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Re: 12 String Classical Guitar

Post by soltirefa » Tue May 19, 2015 1:12 pm

Nice guitar, but the strings are put on backwards. Must be for a left handed player.

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Re: 12 String Classical Guitar

Post by Sobers » Thu May 21, 2015 7:11 pm

Yes, it is a left-handed guitar..

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Re: 12 String Classical Guitar

Post by 6strings » Tue May 26, 2015 5:19 pm

Does it really have to be 12 strings? What about 11 or 13 strings?

Swedish luthier Georg Bolin construced relatively successfull 11-string guitar that usually goes under name "alto-guitar". It is pretty much a lute in guitar shape sounding like a modern guitar rather than lute. I think there was 13 string version as well, but I am not sure about this. I also think it was quite popular during 70's at least in Sweden, I am not sure if the popularity still holds, but there is some "avantgarde" music written for it, as well as some arrs. Göran Söllscher is a well known guitarist who played quite a lot on that guitar, you can see him on youtube playing it. He recorded all Bachs lute works on it, and even some Beatles and other music. I can say those Bachs recordings are truly among best ones you can find. Carsten Gröndahl is another guitarist, this time from Denmark who used it on some recordings, I don't know if he plays it on concerts.

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Re: 12 String Classical Guitar

Post by soltirefa » Sat Jun 06, 2015 2:34 pm

6strings wrote:Does it really have to be 12 strings? What about 11 or 13 strings?

Swedish luthier Georg Bolin construced relatively successfull 11-string guitar that usually goes under name "alto-guitar". It is pretty much a lute in guitar shape sounding like a modern guitar rather than lute. I think there was 13 string version as well, but I am not sure about this. I also think it was quite popular during 70's at least in Sweden, I am not sure if the popularity still holds, but there is some "avantgarde" music written for it, as well as some arrs. Göran Söllscher is a well known guitarist who played quite a lot on that guitar, you can see him on youtube playing it. He recorded all Bachs lute works on it, and even some Beatles and other music. I can say those Bachs recordings are truly among best ones you can find. Carsten Gröndahl is another guitarist, this time from Denmark who used it on some recordings, I don't know if he plays it on concerts.
For what it's worth, I posted a couple videos in Early Music recordings section using my Bolin copy 11-string alto guitar. It was made by Asturias in Japan.

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Re: 12 String Classical Guitar

Post by 6strings » Sat Jun 06, 2015 4:21 pm

:-) Sorry, I am new to the forum, didn't saw your postings, will check your videos for sure.

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Re: 12 String Classical Guitar

Post by HNLim » Tue Jun 27, 2017 10:49 pm

Sobers wrote:
Tue May 19, 2015 12:59 pm
So it looks like someone (Dake Traphagen) have done it...
follow this link http://www.traphagenguitars.com/guitars/12string_b.html


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Re: 12 String Classical Guitar

Post by MessyTendon » Wed Jun 28, 2017 2:46 am

Dare I say it sounds better than nylon in certain areas.

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