Octave twelve

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Vox Mando-Guitar

An octave twelve is a type of 12-string guitar fitted with a short-scale neck and a small solid body. It is tuned one octave higher than a standard guitar giving it the tonal range of a mandolin and enabling a guitarist to achieve a mandolin sound without learning mandolin fingering. The effect is similar to that of capoing a standard 12-string guitar at its twelfth fret.[1] However, unlike a standard 12-string guitar, the courses of strings tuned in unison, rather than in octaves.[citation needed]

The octave twelve was invented by engineers at Vox, which sold the octave twelve as the "Mando-guitar" from 1964 to 1968. Notable users of the Mando-guitar include Brian Jones of The Rolling Stones. Most modern octave twelves are modeled after the distinctive body shape of the Vox Mando-guitar. (Some believe that George Harrison of The Beatles used it on the song "Words of Love" in 1964, but the Mando-Guitar was not introduced until the following year.) It was (and may still be, in live performances) also used on the introduction of The Beach Boys' "Wouldn't It Be Nice", from "Pet Sounds".[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Music Skanner - How many strings?". Retrieved 24 March 2017.