Biffin 1977 12 String with 12 sympathetic strings
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Tony Elder / Steve Jackson
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It’s always cool when Steve drops in. Here he is demonstrating our custom 24 string guitar built by master luthier Peter Biffin in 1977 in DADGAD tuning.
Video link below …
Peter Biffin is one of Australia’s leading instrument makers, maintaining an international presence at the highest level for the last thirty years.
1977 build, with a fan braced cedar top, and an arched rosewood back.
12 strings as per normal for the ‘playing’ neck, which is fine with standard E tuning as well as lower alternate tunings.
The fan bracing makes it especially responsive for finger-style playing – fantastic for Leo Kottke inspired sound seekers! Smaller body & easy playing action as setup, has been very well looked after – one owner for 40 years until the last purchaser. The original owner commissioned the build and built the moulded fibreglass case.
The 12 sympathetic strings are usually tuned chromatically from A-A, leaving one note out along the way, otherwise there’d have to be 13… (e.g. A,Bb,B,C,C#,D,E,F,F#,G,G#,A) They can also be tuned modally to enhance certain resonances as required for different tunings of the other 12 strings.