Twelve-strings generally employ heavier braces than 6-strings in order to handle the increased tension of twice the number of strings, and to prevent the top from being overdriven. Taylor 12-strings have thicker tops, thicker pin plates, and heavier, non-scalloped bracing, to support the top and adequately amplify the tone of the guitar. The one exception to this rule is our Leo Kottke Signature Model 12-string (LKSM), which has scalloped bracing designed to work with fat, heavy-gauge, low-tuned strings, to give the guitar its characteristic, “throaty-piano” tone. Unlike the Leo Kottke 12-string, its six-string cousin is built to be tuned to standard pitch with medium gauge strings. The bracing pattern we use for its Jumbo body style allows the LKSM6 to possess a deep, rich, thunderous voice without sacrificing tonal balance.