Possibly my favorite development in guitars has been the revival of 12 fret X braced instruments. It has been a long time in coming. I am one of those who agree with lutheir John Arnold when he said "the tone in is in the 12 fretters." Even the 00 size instruments are beautifully balanced with a full sound and deep low end. Not sure what it is but I always figured it has to do with shifting everything south placing the bridge more in the center of the lower bout. Perhaps it is just magic. So if you got them let's see them. Here is my favorite - an early 1930s Gibson L-1. The Gibson Ls along with the Kel Kroydens were the lightest built guitars ever to come out of Kalamazoo. Gibson has made nothing like them before or after. This one has a hand rubbed stain shaded finish with a very cool tiger stripe thing going on around the edges.