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1966 Fender Electric XII Vintage 12 String Electric Guitar Candy Apple Red w/ Case


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Up for sale, a 1966 Fender Electric XII in perfect working order, featuring the original custom color Candy Apple Red gloss finish. Purposefully built to accept the tension of 12 strings (unlike most 12 string guitars built in the 1960s to capitalize on the burgeoning folk craze and British Invasion), the Fender Electric XII was one of the last projects fully realized by Leo Fender before he handed over the keys to CBS. This guitar has a very straight neck and a wide range of tones, providing the player plenty of jangle, chime, and classic Fender clarity. An immediate favorite upon its introduction, you can hear the Electric XII on many classic Beatles, Who, and Zeppelin recordings (including Stairway to Heaven), as well as countless Wrecking Crew LA sessions in the 1960s. This particular instrument is quite well-balanced and notably resonant acoustically, weighing 8lbs 10oz. Professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar, this Fender XII has been dialed in with fresh D'addario strings, low action, and solid intonation.

The maple neck has a round, chunky C profile carve with ample shoulder at the nut and lightly rolled fretboard edges in every register, measuring .895" deep at the 1st fret and 12th frets. The dark Brazilian rosewood fretboard sports pearl dot inlay and original medium jumbo frets which have plenty of meat, showing only light wear on the crowns of frets 1-3, extending more faintly beneath the treble strings to fret 6. The guitar plays well in every register, and the truss rod is adjusted for ideal relief, with the truss rod nut flush with the neck heel and necessitating very little adjustment in the last half century. The neck has a full 25 1/2" scale, with a 7 1/4" fretboard radius, and the upgraded carved bone nut measures 1 5/8" in width. On the headstock, the original "Fender Electric XII" waterslide decal is intact, showing some oxidation of the gold on the Fender text. The original chrome "F" tuning machines have clean chrome plating, turn smoothly, and hold pitch as they should. The neck pocket has the correct factory paint stick markings, and the neck heel has a bold 12FEB66B stamp.

All of the electronics work flawlessly, with an ingenious four-way rotary pickup selector switch that singles out each Z coil pickup, in addition to providing options for both pickups in parallel and out-of-phase. The early gray bobbin pickups retain their original windings and covers, with hand-written dates on the bridge pickup bobbin. The Volume pot is a modern replacement while the Tone pot is original, manufactured by Stackpole, dating to the 45th week of 1965. Under the guard, the original routes are unmodified, and the shielding plates are intact in the body and beneath the pickguard. All original plastics are intact including the white wide bevel pickguard, pair of black witch hat knobs, and paddle pickup selector.

The original hardware is all in great shape, with clean chrome plating on the control plate and bridge base, which boasts 12 original saddles and adjustment screws which all work as they should with only light surface patina on the saddles. The Candy Apple Red nitro lacquer gloss finish shows prominent vertical checking, with some finish loss on the inside edge of the treble-side cutaway, and some fairly deep dings into the alder on top behind the bridge. There are scattered finish chips on the lower bout body edge, and some additional light finish scratches and minor marks on the body as a whole. The neck profile gloss is clean and smooth, with palm wear through the nitro on the profile shoulders from frets 1-10.

The original black tolex hardshell case is included, with functional latches, original handle, and small Fender logo on the exterior.