So there is some circling around here when they moved factories and all, they moved tooling and all that. I have heard and I think there is some truth to this that the success of their 12 strings was the thickness of the top and the way they constructed them, as in like a truck instead of an Alfa Romeo. It makes snese as the tension is more than doubled with 12 strings. This goes back in time though. There was a period where a lot of 6 string models used the thicker top, I am pretty sure of that. That may not have been as desirable. Some described heavier. But in the 12 string world, I think they were at the top of the game in the day.