Best 12 String Dreadnought Guitars in 2024

Here you'll find the best 12 string Dreadnought style guitars.

After comparing the 2000+ guitars in our database, these are the best scoring ones with these characteristics. You can use our filters to the left to narrow down these results, or click on "Compare" to get a deep comparison between them. Our automated scoring system takes into account the ratings from ours users who own the guitar, and dozens of parameters to determine the build quality, playability, pickups quality, value for money, and more.

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1. Martin HD12-28

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Playability 80
Sound 88
Build quality 88
Value for money 70
Overall Score 85

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  • Neck access to high frets: Easy (1 vote)
  • Fret edges: Smooth (1 vote)
  • Tuning stability: Holds tune well (1 vote)
  • Weight: Lightweight (1 vote)
  • Neck profile shape: C (3 votes)
  • Neck speed (thickness): Balanced (3 votes)
  • Pickups noise: Slightly Noisy (2 votes)
  • Pickups power: Clean (2 votes)
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  • From Martin's 1931 Standard series
  • Made in United States
  • 12 strings
  • 24.9"'' scale
  • 16" Fretboard Radius
  • Solid Spruce top
  • Solid East Indian Rosewood back
  • Solid East Indian Rosewood sides
  • Select Hardwood neck
  • Ebony fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Fishman (Preamp/Active)
  • Ebony bridge
  • Acoustic Performing Artist Set neck
  • 20 Medium frets
  • Chrome Enclosed Gear tuners
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  • From Martin's 1931 Standard series
  • Made in United States
  • 12 strings
  • 24.9"'' scale
  • 16" Fretboard Radius
  • Solid Spruce top
  • Solid East Indian Rosewood back
  • Solid East Indian Rosewood sides
  • Select Hardwood neck
  • Ebony fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Fishman (Preamp/Active)
  • Ebony bridge
  • Acoustic Performing Artist Set neck
  • 20 Medium frets
  • Chrome Enclosed Gear tuners
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Martin HD12-28
  • Made in United States
  • Expensive Wood
  • Bone Nut
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Electronics
  • Compensated Saddle
  • Solid Top Wood
  • Solid Side Wood
  • Solid Back Wood
  • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
  • No Locking Tuners
  • No Compound Radius Fretboard
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • No Strap Lock

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2. Takamine EF381DX

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Playability 77
Sound 85
Build quality 85
Value for money 77
Overall Score 82

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  • Neck profile shape: Asymmetrical (3 votes)
  • Neck speed (thickness): Fast (2 votes)
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  • From Takamine's 2021 Legacy series
  • Made in Japan
  • 12 strings
  • 25.4"'' scale
  • 12" Fretboard Radius
  • Solid Spruce top
  • Maple back
  • Maple sides
  • Mahogany neck
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: CT4B II (Preamp/Active)
  • Fixed bridge
  • Acoustic Asymmetrical C Set neck
  • 20 Medium frets
  • Gotoh tuners
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  • From Takamine's 2021 Legacy series
  • Made in Japan
  • 12 strings
  • 25.4"'' scale
  • 12" Fretboard Radius
  • Solid Spruce top
  • Maple back
  • Maple sides
  • Mahogany neck
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: CT4B II (Preamp/Active)
  • Fixed bridge
  • Acoustic Asymmetrical C Set neck
  • 20 Medium frets
  • Gotoh tuners
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Takamine EF381DX
  • Made in Japan
  • Expensive Wood
  • Bone Nut
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Electronics
  • Bone Saddle
  • Solid Top Wood
  • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
  • No Locking Tuners
  • Laminated Side Wood
  • Laminated Back Wood
  • No Compound Radius Fretboard
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • No Strap Lock

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    3. Alvarez DY70CE12SHB

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    Playability 73
    Sound 85
    Build quality 87
    Value for money 72
    Overall Score 82
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    • From Alvarez's 2022 Yairi series
    • Made in Japan
    • 12 strings
    • 25.512"'' scale
    • 15.75" Fretboard Radius
    • Solid AA Sitka Spruce top
    • East Indian Rosewood back
    • East Indian Rosewood sides
    • One piece mahogany, 50/50 Semi gloss finish, Extended neck joint neck
    • Rosewood/12th Fret Inlay fretboard
    • Bridge pickup: LR Baggs StagePro EQ and Element Pick Up (Preamp/Active)
    • Rosewood Direct Coupled bridge
    • Acoustic Alvarez Set neck
    • 20 Medium frets
    • Gotoh Chrome tuners
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    • From Alvarez's 2022 Yairi series
    • Made in Japan
    • 12 strings
    • 25.512"'' scale
    • 15.75" Fretboard Radius
    • Solid AA Sitka Spruce top
    • East Indian Rosewood back
    • East Indian Rosewood sides
    • One piece mahogany, 50/50 Semi gloss finish, Extended neck joint neck
    • Rosewood/12th Fret Inlay fretboard
    • Bridge pickup: LR Baggs StagePro EQ and Element Pick Up (Preamp/Active)
    • Rosewood Direct Coupled bridge
    • Acoustic Alvarez Set neck
    • 20 Medium frets
    • Gotoh Chrome tuners
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    Alvarez DY70CE12SHB
    • Made in Japan
    • Expensive Wood
    • Bone Nut
    • Top Brand Pickups
    • Electronics
    • Bone Saddle
    • Solid Top Wood
    • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
    • No Locking Tuners
    • Laminated Side Wood
    • Laminated Back Wood
    • No Compound Radius Fretboard
    • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
    • No Strap Lock

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      4. Taylor 250ce-BLK DLX

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      Playability 73
      Sound 88
      Build quality 79
      Value for money 75
      Overall Score 80

      What our users think

      • Neck profile shape: D (8 votes)
      • Neck speed (thickness): Fast (8 votes)
      • Pickups noise: Noiseless (7 votes)
      • Pickups power: Clean (6 votes)
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      • From Taylor's 2019 200 series
      • Made in Mexico
      • 12 strings
      • 25.5"'' scale
      • 15" Fretboard Radius
      • Solid Lutz Spruce top
      • Solid Maple back
      • Solid Maple sides
      • Hard Rock Maple neck
      • West African Crelicam Ebony fretboard
      • Bridge pickup: Expression System 2 Electronics (Preamp/Active)
      • West African Crelicam Ebony bridge
      • Acoustic Taylor Standard Set neck
      • 20 Medium frets
      • Satin Black tuners
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      • From Taylor's 2019 200 series
      • Made in Mexico
      • 12 strings
      • 25.5"'' scale
      • 15" Fretboard Radius
      • Solid Lutz Spruce top
      • Solid Maple back
      • Solid Maple sides
      • Hard Rock Maple neck
      • West African Crelicam Ebony fretboard
      • Bridge pickup: Expression System 2 Electronics (Preamp/Active)
      • West African Crelicam Ebony bridge
      • Acoustic Taylor Standard Set neck
      • 20 Medium frets
      • Satin Black tuners
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      Taylor 250ce-BLK DLX
      • Expensive Wood
      • Ivory Tusq Nut
      • Electronics
      • Synthetic Bone Saddle
      • Solid Top Wood
      • Solid Side Wood
      • Solid Back Wood
      • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
      • No Locking Tuners
      • Made in Mexico
      • No Top Brand Pickups
      • No Compound Radius Fretboard
      • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
      • No Strap Lock

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        5. Washburn D10SCE-12 String

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        Playability 77
        Sound 85
        Build quality 70
        Value for money 87
        Overall Score 77
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        • From Washburn's 2017 Heritage series
        • Made in China
        • 12 strings
        • 25.3"'' scale
        • 12" Fretboard Radius
        • Solid Sitka Spruce top
        • Mahogany back
        • Mahogany sides
        • Satin Mahogany with 2 way Truss Rod neck
        • Ovangkol fretboard
        • Bridge pickup: Fishman Presys II 301T w/tuner (Preamp/Active)
        • Ovangkol bridge
        • Acoustic Washburn Heritage Set neck
        • 20 Medium frets
        • Chrome Diecast tuners
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        • From Washburn's 2017 Heritage series
        • Made in China
        • 12 strings
        • 25.3"'' scale
        • 12" Fretboard Radius
        • Solid Sitka Spruce top
        • Mahogany back
        • Mahogany sides
        • Satin Mahogany with 2 way Truss Rod neck
        • Ovangkol fretboard
        • Bridge pickup: Fishman Presys II 301T w/tuner (Preamp/Active)
        • Ovangkol bridge
        • Acoustic Washburn Heritage Set neck
        • 20 Medium frets
        • Chrome Diecast tuners
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        Strengths & Weaknesses
        Washburn D10SCE-12 String
        • Expensive Wood
        • NuBone Nut
        • Top Brand Pickups
        • Electronics
        • NuBone Saddle
        • Solid Top Wood
        • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
        • No Locking Tuners
        • Made in China
        • Laminated Side Wood
        • Laminated Back Wood
        • No Compound Radius Fretboard
        • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
        • No Strap Lock

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          6. Fender CD-140SCE 12-String

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          Playability 77
          Sound 83
          Build quality 74
          Value for money 88
          Overall Score 78

          What our users think

          • Neck profile shape: C (4 votes)
          • Neck speed (thickness): Slightly chunky (3 votes)
          • Pickups noise: Slightly Noisy (1 vote)
          • Pickups power: Clean (1 vote)
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          • From Fender's 2017 Classic Design series
          • Made in Indonesia
          • 12 strings
          • 25.3"'' scale
          • 12" Fretboard Radius
          • Solid Spruce top
          • Laminated Ovangkol back
          • Laminated Ovangkol sides
          • Mahogany neck
          • Walnut fretboard
          • Bridge pickup: Fishman CD-1 Preamp (Preamp/Passive)
          • Walnut bridge
          • Acoustic Fender 'Easy-to-Play' shape with rolled fretboard edges Set neck
          • 20 Vintage frets
          • Chrome Die-Cast tuners
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          • From Fender's 2017 Classic Design series
          • Made in Indonesia
          • 12 strings
          • 25.3"'' scale
          • 12" Fretboard Radius
          • Solid Spruce top
          • Laminated Ovangkol back
          • Laminated Ovangkol sides
          • Mahogany neck
          • Walnut fretboard
          • Bridge pickup: Fishman CD-1 Preamp (Preamp/Passive)
          • Walnut bridge
          • Acoustic Fender 'Easy-to-Play' shape with rolled fretboard edges Set neck
          • 20 Vintage frets
          • Chrome Die-Cast tuners
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          Strengths & Weaknesses
          Fender CD-140SCE 12-String
          • Expensive Wood
          • NuBone Nut
          • Top Brand Pickups
          • Electronics
          • NuBone Saddle
          • Solid Top Wood
          • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
          • No Locking Tuners
          • Made in Indonesia
          • Laminated Side Wood
          • Laminated Back Wood
          • No Compound Radius Fretboard
          • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
          • No Strap Lock

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          7. Guild D-2612CE Deluxe Antique Burst

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          Playability 73
          Sound 85
          Build quality 72
          Value for money 82
          Overall Score 77
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          • From Guild's 2019 Westerly Collection series
          • Made in China
          • 12 strings
          • 25.5"'' scale
          • 16" Fretboard Radius
          • Solid Sitka Spruce top
          • Arched Striped Ebony back
          • Striped Ebony sides
          • Mahogany neck
          • Pau Ferro fretboard
          • Bridge pickup: Guild/Fishman GT-1 with Volume and Tone controls (Preamp/Active)
          • Pau Ferro bridge
          • Acoustic Guild Westerly Collection Set neck
          • 20 Medium frets
          • Guild Closed-Gear in Nickel tuners
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          • From Guild's 2019 Westerly Collection series
          • Made in China
          • 12 strings
          • 25.5"'' scale
          • 16" Fretboard Radius
          • Solid Sitka Spruce top
          • Arched Striped Ebony back
          • Striped Ebony sides
          • Mahogany neck
          • Pau Ferro fretboard
          • Bridge pickup: Guild/Fishman GT-1 with Volume and Tone controls (Preamp/Active)
          • Pau Ferro bridge
          • Acoustic Guild Westerly Collection Set neck
          • 20 Medium frets
          • Guild Closed-Gear in Nickel tuners
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          Strengths & Weaknesses
          Guild D-2612CE Deluxe Antique Burst
          • Expensive Wood
          • Bone Nut
          • Top Brand Pickups
          • Electronics
          • Bone Saddle
          • Solid Top Wood
          • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
          • No Locking Tuners
          • Made in China
          • Laminated Side Wood
          • Laminated Back Wood
          • No Compound Radius Fretboard
          • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
          • No Strap Lock

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          8. Ibanez AW5412CE

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          Playability 73
          Sound 83
          Build quality 67
          Value for money 84
          Overall Score 74

          What our users think

          • Neck speed (thickness): Balanced (1 vote)
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          • From Ibanez's 2019 ARTWOOD series
          • Made in Indonesia
          • 12 strings
          • 25.5"'' scale
          • 15.748" Fretboard Radius
          • Solid Okoume top
          • Okoume back
          • Okoume sides
          • Nyatoh neck
          • Laurel fretboard
          • Bridge pickup: Ibanez T-bar Undersaddle (Preamp/Active)
          • Laurel bridge
          • Acoustic C Shape Set neck
          • 20 Medium frets
          • Ibanez tuners
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          • From Ibanez's 2019 ARTWOOD series
          • Made in Indonesia
          • 12 strings
          • 25.5"'' scale
          • 15.748" Fretboard Radius
          • Solid Okoume top
          • Okoume back
          • Okoume sides
          • Nyatoh neck
          • Laurel fretboard
          • Bridge pickup: Ibanez T-bar Undersaddle (Preamp/Active)
          • Laurel bridge
          • Acoustic C Shape Set neck
          • 20 Medium frets
          • Ibanez tuners
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          Strengths & Weaknesses
          Ibanez AW5412CE
          • Electronics
          • Solid Top Wood
          • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
          • No Locking Tuners
          • Made in Indonesia
          • No Expensive Woods
          • No High-Quality Nut
          • No Top Brand Pickups
          • Low-Quality Material Saddle
          • Laminated Side Wood
          • Laminated Back Wood
          • No Compound Radius Fretboard
          • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
          • No Strap Lock

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          9. Yamaha FG820-12

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          Playability 80
          Sound 80
          Build quality 60
          Value for money 83
          Overall Score 73

          What our users think

          • Fret edges: Smooth (2 votes)
          • Tuning stability: Not bad (2 votes)
          • Weight: Lightweight (2 votes)
          • Neck profile shape: C (14 votes)
          • Neck speed (thickness): Fast (15 votes)
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          • 4 Prices - New from $399.99 >
          • From Yamaha's 2016 FG / FGX series
          • Made in China
          • 12 strings
          • 25"'' scale
          • 15.75" Fretboard Radius
          • Solid Spruce top
          • Mahogany back
          • Mahogany sides
          • Nato neck
          • Rosewood or Walnut fretboard
          • Bridge pickup: (/)
          • Rosewood or Walnut bridge
          • Acoustic C Set neck
          • 20 Medium frets
          • Die-Cast Chrome (TMW28) tuners
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          • From Yamaha's 2016 FG / FGX series
          • Made in China
          • 12 strings
          • 25"'' scale
          • 15.75" Fretboard Radius
          • Solid Spruce top
          • Mahogany back
          • Mahogany sides
          • Nato neck
          • Rosewood or Walnut fretboard
          • Bridge pickup: (/)
          • Rosewood or Walnut bridge
          • Acoustic C Set neck
          • 20 Medium frets
          • Die-Cast Chrome (TMW28) tuners
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          Yamaha FG820-12
          • Expensive Wood
          • Solid Top Wood
          • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
          • No Locking Tuners
          • Made in China
          • No High-Quality Nut
          • No Top Brand Pickups
          • No Electronics
          • Low-Quality Material Saddle
          • Laminated Side Wood
          • Laminated Back Wood
          • No Compound Radius Fretboard
          • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
          • No Strap Lock

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          10. Harley Benton CLD-10SCE-12 BK

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          Playability 73
          Sound 80
          Build quality 64
          Value for money 82
          Overall Score 72
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          • From Harley Benton's 2019 Custom Line series
          • Made in China
          • 12 strings
          • 25.5"'' scale
          • 15.748" Fretboard Radius
          • Spruce top
          • Sapele back
          • Sapele sides
          • Okoume neck
          • Pau Ferro fretboard
          • Bridge pickup: Fishman Presys-II preamp with built-in tuner (Preamp/Active)
          • Pau Ferro bridge
          • Acoustic C Shape Set neck
          • 20 Medium frets
          • Chrome-plated die-cast tuners
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          • From Harley Benton's 2019 Custom Line series
          • Made in China
          • 12 strings
          • 25.5"'' scale
          • 15.748" Fretboard Radius
          • Spruce top
          • Sapele back
          • Sapele sides
          • Okoume neck
          • Pau Ferro fretboard
          • Bridge pickup: Fishman Presys-II preamp with built-in tuner (Preamp/Active)
          • Pau Ferro bridge
          • Acoustic C Shape Set neck
          • 20 Medium frets
          • Chrome-plated die-cast tuners
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          Harley Benton CLD-10SCE-12 BK
          • Top Brand Pickups
          • Electronics
          • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
          • No Locking Tuners
          • Made in China
          • No Expensive Woods
          • No High-Quality Nut
          • Low-Quality Material Saddle
          • Laminated Top Wood
          • Laminated Side Wood
          • Laminated Back Wood
          • No Compound Radius Fretboard
          • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
          • No Strap Lock

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