Lottonen S-12 & S-12EB

A special 12 -string made initially for Eric Bibb. It has floating bridge and lateral bracing. The tuning is dropped two steps down to C and stringing is a bit heavier than normal. All this gives the guitar a dark and powerful tone – like Lead Belly had in his Stella. Slotted (S-12) or unslotted (S-12EB) headstock possible.

Dimensions and materials:

Top: Solid Spruce
Back and sides: Laminated Birch
Top bracing: Lateral
Body binding: Celluloid, Maple or Elm
Neck: Alder
Fingerboard: Indian Rosewood
Fingerboard binding:
Bridge: Indian Rosewood, Ebony
Nut and saddle: Ebony
Bridge pins:
Pickguard: Tortoise
Tuners: Golden Age Restoration or Schaller GrandTune (S-12EB)
Scale length: 670 mm (20-3/8″)
Fingerboard width at nut: 48 mm
Body/neck joint: Bolted
Body length: 478 mm
Body depth: 90/105 mm
Lower body: 360 mm
Waist: 214 mm
Upper body: 270 mm
Glues used: Hide Glue and Titebond
Body finish: Lacquer
Neck finish: Lacquer and Tru-Oil

Prices (incl.VAT 24%) from:

Lottonen S-12: 2.450 €
Lottonen S-12EB: 2.650 €


Videos and sound samples:


Eric Bibb & Jean-Jacques Milteau: “Good Night Irene”