10-String Guitars

An all-new iteration of our four guitar models.

We love the sound of a 12-string guitar.

In fact, we’re not sure if any guitar collection is complete without one. But back in 2016 one of our longtime clients--fingerstyle and jazz guitarist, Eric Lugosch--pointed out that a 12-string doesn’t really lend itself to fingerstyle playing: The string courses often aren’t close enough together. The ultra-thin gauge top strings tend to produce weak, almost brittle trebles. And the heavily-braced instrument--traditionally needed to compensate for additional string tension--is more cumbersome to play than a standard 6-string.

Could we make an instrument which sounded like a 12-string but fit and played like a standard 6-string?

Anyone whose been following our shop for long knows we love a design challenge. So we got to work. And in all our thinking and working over Eric’s challenge, came up with an entirely new approach to a standard 12-string design. The resulting, 10-string instrument, is a thoroughly avante-garde instrument that any fingerstyle player should have in their arsenal.

Core Features:

  • Distinctive, elongated 10-string headstock shape.
  • Ultra-close string courses make fretting and picking easy.
  • Single, high E & B strings reduce tension on the neck, ease fretting, and preserve
    the rich melodies and lead notes characteristic of a standard 6-string.
  • Resilient, laser-hollowed bracing bears the extra torque exerted by additional strings, 
    so even our smallest parlor model can be configured as a 10-string.
     
  • Our proprietary bracing is also designed to reduce overall weight and enhances
    the soundboard’s response so it fits and plays more like a 6-string.
  • Ultra-rigid, micro-adjustable truss rod supports a slim, fast neck.
     
  • 25.5” scale length.
  • Precision-milled oxbone saddle optimize the intonation and clarity of each individual string.
     
  • Combination pinned-pinless ebony bridge design mitigates bridge cracking and soundboard distortion over time.

Optional reversed-G string setup

In the pursuit of making a fully-realized 12-string guitar for fingerstyle players, we noticed the string courses on a 12-string are set up with the octave string above the main string so that the ear hears the higher-pitched octave strings just slightly before the standard strings as the guitar is strummed. That octave-string-first sound is the main ingredient in the lush, chorus effect so desirable in a 12-string instrument.

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But notice, when a guitar is being picked rather than strummed, the E, A, and D strings are being activated by the thumb striking down  while the G, B, and E strings are being activated by the other four fingers striking upwards. In order to preserve that octave-string-first effect for all the string courses while the instrument is being played fingerstyle, we designed the nut and saddle to allow the octave string for the G string to go below the standard string. So, as the coursed-G string is being plucked, the ear will still hear that octave string first, just as it’s happening elsewhere on the other strings. 

 

10-String Gallery