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1969 Fender Maverick Vintage Offset Electric Guitar Sunburst 100% Original w/ Case, Electric XII


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Up for sale, a 1969 Fender Maverick in excellent, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. One of Fender's shortest lived and most storied models of the late '60s, the Maverick (later rechristened the "Custom") was produced in particularly small quantities, with only 600-800 guitars crafted between 1969-71.

At the behest of parent company CBS, Fender stringed instruments product manager Virgilio "Babe" Simoni was tasked with finding a use for overstock Fender XII bodies and necks, and the Maverick was the arguably quite inspired result of this cost-cutting request. Radically reshaped from the original Fender XII contours and boasting a traditional six-string design with a Mustang-style vibrato, the Maverick holds the distinction of being the only six-string Fender with the coveted split coil pickups introduced on the Fender XII. A wonderfully spanky and sparkling-sounding coil, the pickups are wired to a four-way rotary switch, with traditional Bridge/Bridge+Neck/Neck functionality, as well as a fourth Bridge+Neck in Series option for a thicker, meatier sound that still has plenty of percussive cut. This Maverick weighs 8lbs 3oz, professionally setup to play its best here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 11-50 strings, low action, and spot-on intonation.

The maple neck has a a slender, fast feel overall with round shoulders thanks to the bound fingerboard, measuring .855" deep at the 1st fret and .975" at the 12th. The bound rosewood fingerboard features pearloid block inlays and retains the original slender frets which show virtually no wear, playing cleanly up the full 25 1/2" scale length. The neck is straight, and as these necks were designed for the tension of 12 strings, it's happiest with heavier gauges (at least 11s) with room to tighten the rod as you increase in string tension. The stock nut measures 1 5/8" in width, and the headstock retains the distinctive "hockey stick" shape of the Fender XII, loaded with original positively gleaming Fender "F" tuners. The headstock has a very thin maple veneer on the face, but not on the back (many Maverick/Custom headstocks are veneered both sides to hide extra tuner post holes for a XII layout), and the guitar is one of the rarer and earlier examples of this model, as the Maverick nomenclature came first, with Custom substituted as the model name on later iterations. The neck heel retains its May, 1969 red ink stamp, with the correct paint stick markings in the pocket.

The electronics function as intended, with the pair of split coil XII pickups wired to a four-way rotary selector switch and Master Volume and Tone knobs. The original gray bobbin pickups date all the way back to 1966, with individually hand-dated bobbins, and the CTS pots date to the 31st week of '66, speaking both to the overstock nature of the XII parts and a particularly large potentiometer purchase made by CBS in '66 which lasted through the decade. The original chrome hardware is very clean, save for some pitting on the rare and original bridge cover, and the "meatball" nitrate tortoise pickguard sits very flat with virtually no shrinkage. The Mustang-style vibrato is more taut than most, jumping back to the original target pitch quickly without a swampy feel, allowing for particularly broad warbles and expressive gestures.

The Sunburst gloss finish is 100% original with no touchup or overspray and a gloss Black back, strategically done by Fender to mask the plug for the Fender XII string through body. There is very tight, faint horizontal finish checking on the body, and some small, scattered nicks on the instrument as a whole, with a spot of light, targeted buckle rash just south of the neck plate and various scuffs and finish scratches, mostly relegated to the back of the body. The neck profile gloss is extremely smooth and unaged, with light checking on the binding and only a couple tiny shallow marks on the profile length.

A modern Fender G&G Deluxe black tolex hardshell case with red plush interior is included.