Now here’s a fresh list on an overdue subject: Guitar World’s Top 30 12 String Guitar Songs of All Time brings some attention to an underappreciated instrument.
America, Dylan, The Hollies, The Byrds, … the people/bands you quickly identify with 12 string are all there. And some surprises too. OK, maybe not surprises, but people/bands you wouldn’t immediately associate with the sound: Hendrix, Queen, Bowie, The Who. For me, anyway, the tendency is to associate the 12 string with folk, delta blues and country, so if you say 12 string guitar my mind gravitates to folk rock tunes.
And songs like Maggie May, As Tears Go By, Mr. Tambourine Man and Free Falling are all there. As are classics like A Hard Days Night and Stairway to Heaven. Um, OK, these aren’t folk rock, but you do expect to find them on the list.
But there are songs I would have forgotten about, like Closer To The Heart, More Than A Feeling or Wish You Were Here.
Anyway, whether electric or acoustic, the 12 string guitar produces such a beautiful rich sound.
I don’t own one though, as much as folk rock is pretty much home base for me. I can barely keep my 6 strings in tune.