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Suffet 12 String Guitars - why? (64* d) RE: 12 String Guitars - why? 03 Oct 10


Like other instruments in the guitar family, the 12-string guitar can be used for several purposes.

Leadbelly used it as a loud rhythm instrument to accompany his loud tenor voice. He also used it for thumb leads to repeat the melody in caller-response fashion between vocal phrases.

Jesse Fuller was essentially a one-man band, and he used the 12-string guitar because its full bodied sound gave the feeling that it was more than a single instrument.

Mark Spoelstra used it to play complicated rhythmic and melodic conversations between the bass and the treble.

Pete Seeger does all of the above, but he also uses it for soft accompaniments, where its array of overtones provides a richness than neither his banjo nor a 6-string guitar can supply.

--- Steve

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