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1966 Fender Electric XII Vintage 12 String Sunburst w/ Case


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Up for sale, a 1966 Fender Electric XII in exceptional condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case. Purposefully built to accept the tension of 12 strings (unlike most of the 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. An immediate favorite upon its introduction, the Electric XII is heard on many classic Beatles, Who, and Zeppelin recordings (including Stairway to Heaven), as well as countless Wrecking Crew sessions in LA in the 1960s.

Tonewoods include an alder body, maple neck, and Brazilian rosewood fingerboard, and this Electric XII weighs 9lbs 9oz. Via the original pair of split-coil Z pickups, this guitar delivers plenty of 12-string jangle and chime. Additionally, the four-way rotary pickup selector switch enables each pickup to be selected individually, or paired up in both parallel (normal) and out-of-phase configurations for unique, slinky sounds. This Electric XII has been professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with fresh strings, low action, and accurate intonation.

Neck Specs:

-Wood: Maple
-Shape: Medium C, full shoulders, measuring .830” 1st fret, .940” 12th fret
-Fretboard: Brazilian rosewood, 7 1/4” radius
-Frets: Medium, virtually no wear
-Scale Length: 25 1/2”
-Nut: 1 5/8”
-Tuners: F-stamped
-Stamps/Serialization: April, 1966 neck heel stamp, serialized F neck plate

Body Specs:

-Wood: Alder
-Pickups: Split-coil “Z” x2
-Harness: Untouched solder, Stackpole pots date to 17th week of 1966
-Controls: Volume, Tone, Four-way rotary pickup selector
-Hardware: Chrome-plated bridge base with 12 barrel saddles
-Plastics: Four-ply nitrate tortoise wide bevel pickguard, vintage (replacement) witch hat knobs

The gloss three-tone Sunburst finish is extremely well-kept, with subtle lacquer checking, a few small finish chips, dings and scuffs from careful use, and limited buckle wear on the back (not through the finish). The smooth ambered gloss on the neck profile is nigh flawless.

The original black tolex hardshell case is included. The case retains its original trio of latches and handle, with a small tail-less Fender logo on the lid.