Ancient Music

The Twelve String Mandolin

12 String Mandolin

    The twelve string mandolin was an attempt to add richness and volume to an already good instrument. It is tuned and played exactly the same but each course contains three strings instead on the usual two. This did add some ease to the vibrating plectrum work needed for a sustained note but the extra string tension pushed the limits of the mechanical strength of the ribbed-bowl structure so that most cheaper instruments eventually warped or came apart at the joint of the neck and the body. Examples in playable condition are becoming fairly rare.

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