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FDP Forum / All Other Fender Guitars and Instruments / Just played an Electric XII



Dec 11th, 2011 06:38 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

At a local second hand shop which often has interesting antiquarian items. I'd gone in to re-price an amp I have in there but saw the XII just hanging there. The guy was fine with me plugging it into a nearby AC-30 and playing.

Condition: heavily played but still more than presentable. Lot of checking on the laquer of the headstock and sunburst body. Back of the neck worn through to the bare wood but gave it a violin-like look to it. The neck relief needed some attention but otherwise it was pretty playable. The only wear on the veneer fingerboard was a noticeable trio of dents where an open E gets fretted. Otherwise, a lovely old rosewood board. The 12 saddle bridge (to this day the only one I know about that came stock with this feature that was full adjustable). The scratchplate (brown tort) was also in pretty robust health. So played but played with care.

The neck width on these make them good for chording, almost with an acoustic 12 feel and the string spacing for the right hand work is similarly easy. My Ric 330 requires a complete rethink as to shaping chords and the hybrid picking I prefer but this couldn't have been easier.

Two split pickups and a four position rotary switch of which the most instantly appealing position was the combined pups (standard in electric 12s) which sounded like the one used for the Stairway to Heaven part. Other single pups were less immediately pleasing but all 12 string electrics benefit from compression. All up a very tasty sounding guitar.

If the neck is still adjustable (it might well be at its extremity now) this would be a good deal at just under $4k Australian. I love my Ric but if I had the money ...

Anyway, I dug the experience and thought I'd share.

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Dec 12th, 2011 11:48 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

damn shame you're not in Brisbane - I'd get you to play my EXII. IMHO it's got 4 usable sounds with the switching - I love 'em all. The wider (than my Coro XII) neck is still usable and that bridge is just excellent.

here's mine. zero collector value but plays wonderfully. Bought for $800 earlier this year


Chicago, IL

2 wrongs don't make a right/3 lefts do
Jan 17th, 2012 09:42 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've always wanted a Fender XII. Someday maybe I can afford one.


St. Somewhere

Mar 17th, 2012 11:18 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Best 12 string neck ever. If it only sounded like a Ric, I'd still have mine


South of TN

Jul 18th, 2013 10:34 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

It sounds like the electric 12 string on Stairway cause that is what Jimmy Page used ....he only got the double neck to help do that song and a few others live ..but you can find in interviews where he states that is what he used a Fender XII !!!

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