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10 Acoustic 12-Strings for All Budgets

10 Acoustic 12-Strings for All Budgets

When you need sparkle, there’s no better place to turn than an acoustic 12-string.

Nothing quite compares to the warm, lush, chorus-y sound of strums and well-articulated arpeggios played on a 12-string acoustic guitar. Whether you’re trying to cut through the mix, fill out your collection, or take it to the stage, this list has something in every price range.

Guild F-512

This high-end jumbo has a solid AAA Sitka spruce top, solid Indian rosewood back and sides, and scalloped Adirondack spruce bracing, and is available with an optional pickup.

$4,099 street

Taylor 254ce

A Venetian cutaway offers upper-fret access on this 12, which features the company’s grand auditorium body, a Sitka spruce top, layered rosewood back and sides, and Expression System 2 electronics.

$1,199 street

Martin Grand J-16E 12-String

This jumbo is constructed with a spruce top, East Indian rosewood back and sides, and the company’s high-performance taper neck profile. Fishman Matrix VT Enhance electronics are included.

$1,349 street

Ovation Timeless Balladeer Deep Contour 12-String

Featuring a deep contour Lyrachord body and a pearl oak leaf rosette, this 12 also includes the company’s OCP1K pickups and OP-Pro preamp.

$1,064 street

Breedlove Oregon Concerto 12-String CE

Featuring a locally sourced myrtlewood top and a concerto body style, this acoustic 12 also has a maple neck and LR Baggs EAS VTC electronics.

$2,799 street

Epiphone Hummingbird 12-String

Inspired by the Gibson classic, this cherry sunburst square-shoulder dreadnought includes the model’s signature pickguard design on a solid Sitka spruce top and includes a Fishman Sonitone pickup system.

$899 street

Takamine GD30CE-12

This dreadnought is an affordable entry into 12-string acoustics and comes with a solid spruce top, mahogany back and sides, plus an onboard preamp.

$669 street

Godin A12 Natural SG

The chambered body—made of maple and Canadian Laurentian basswood—of this 12 sets it apart, as does the custom Godin transducer and top-mounted preamp.

$1,659 street


The sleek rock ’n’ roll looks of this thinline 12 is sure to stand out onstage. Features include Fishman

electronics, a spruce top, and a mahogany body.

$749 street

Yamaha FG820 12-String

The most budget-friendly model on this list still packs a punch, with a solid spruce top, mahogany back and sides, and scalloped bracing.

$379 street