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As it is with our own children, so it is with guitars: siblings stick together. When Jeff Traugott was approached with the concept of building two sister R Model guitars--one 6-string, the other 12--he saw an opportunity to create two guitars which would grow and sing in tandem and bring out the best in each other. These two guitars are built from matching sets of Brazilian Rosewood for the backs and sides which came from the same board that was saved from its droll life as a bookshelf and transformed into two astonishingly rich guitars. Similarly, the German Spruce tops are a matched pair, as are the Fossilized Ivory nuts and saddles.
Jeff's abilities continue to astound: here he's made a 12-string R with all the focus and precision of its 6-string sister. This is a 12-string like no other: where most 12's have a big, brash voice, this 12-string is clear and articulate; where many 12's fill a room with the sheer force of their projection, Jeff's 12-string envelopes the air with the bell-like clarity and focus of each string pair. In a word, this 12-string speaks directly to you when another would shout at you. Fingerstylists will adore how well-balanced the guitar is across the registers, and the myriad colors that can be discovered in alternate tunings. The fit and finish is exactly what we've come to expect from Traugott: surgically-precise, perfectly mated miter joints, graceful curves and contours. The neck feel is just as immaculate; makes for effortless fretting and nimble chord changes. The fingerstylist who craves crystalline string-to-string separation (and frankly, what self-respecting fingerstylist doesn't?) will be happy with both of these guitars--arrangements in DADGAD, Standard, or anything else that floats your boat will sound lush and comprehensive.When played alongside its sister R, this 12-string has grace, poise, and striking presence.
Like all great siblings, these guitars complement each other, from their matching woods to their correspondingly expansive and articulate voices.
As it is with our own children, so it is with guitars: siblings stick together. When Jeff Traugott was approached with the concept of building two sister R Model guitars--one 6-string, the other 12--he saw an opportunity ...read full descriptionArtists who play instruments by this builder: William Coulter, Alex DeGrassi
"Truly, there are no two guitars quite like these. In the world of guitars, you can't get much closer to being sister instruments than this: the back and sides from the same billet, the tops from the same billet, the nuts and saddles from the same source! And I don't know that I've ever seen a pair of guitars which better complemented each other, from the snappy warmth and low-end of the 6-string to the precise and finely honed articulation of the 12-string. " - Paul Heumiller
"I have never played a Traugott 12-string before and I'll probably never see another. This one has matching woods to its sister R and they are truly beautiful and rare. It plays really nicely and sounds great." - Al Petteway