I love the sound of 12-strings acoustic guitars ! However, I always thought that the doubled G string is responsible for the most part of the 12-strings distinctive sound, and character. At least, that’s what I like about the 12-strings sound. I recently had a “confirmation” of this guess when I tried the 8-stings baritone guitar from Taylor.
So, I figured out that I don’t need a 12-strings guitar but a 7-strings guitar with a doubled G string. Tell me about something rare !!
And then I heard about a brand new acoustic guitar gizmo : The Addstring !! The name says it all. The addstring is an easy to install system that lets you add an extra G-string that is tuned one octave higher to an acoustic steel-string guitar!
Best part, the Addstring system comes with a part that fits in the sound hole to easily turn the extra string off while playing. You can also use the addstring to double any of the 6 strings of the guitar.
That’s the gizmo I need, though I won’t install it on my current acoustic guitar which is too crappy to be called a guitar!
So if you’re looking to expand the tone of your 6-strings acoustic guitar, I guess that’s the gizmo to look at. Check Addstring.nl for more information.
Check this demo by my friends Jacques Carbonneaux & Geoffroy Lebon shot at the 2012 Musikmesse