Up for sale, a 1966 Fender Electric XII in excellent condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case. This guitar features its original custom color Olympic White finish with matching headstock, and it's as visually stunning as it is great sounding and fun to play. This guitar is 100% original and one of very few custom color examples on the market today. 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 that give the player all the jangle, chime, and classic Fender clarity that one could ever need.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, notably resonant acoustically, and weighs 8lbs 6oz.
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 medium C profile with generous shoulders, filling the palm at the nut and tapering imperceptibly as you move into the higher registers of the fretboard. 870 deep a the 1st fret and. The ambered nitro lacquer finish on the profile is smooth and glossy, with only light palm wear at the profile edges in the first position.The Brazilian rosewood fretboard sports pearl dot inlay and original frets that are virtually flawless and retain their full factory height. 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 "B" nut width of 1 5/8. On the matching Olympic White headstock, the original "Fender Electric XII" waterslide decal is 100% intact and clean. The original chrome "F" tuning machines have minty 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 12Jan66B stamp. The solder joints are untouched, and the Stackpole pots date to the 45th week of'65. Under the guard, the original routes are unmodified, and the shielding plates are intact in the body and beneath the pickguard.
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 a few of the saddles. Also of note, the original nitrate tortoise pickguard is very clean, with a glossy sheen and a deeper, more dimensional tortoise pattern typically associated with Pre-CBS instruments. The pickguard has a mint green base layer, with lots of yellow swirling in the material, as opposed to the "meatball" tort seen on most examples from'66 and beyond. The Olympic White nitro lacquer finish with matching headstock is 100% original with no touchup or overspray, having aged gracefully to a shade of cream with modest yellowing of the clear coat and extremely tight "shattered glass" lacquer checking that extends in all directions. The guitar is a very clean and well-kept example with a few expected finish nicks and scuffs, mostly relegated to the back lower bout edge.The neck profile is extremely clean. The original no-logo black tolex Fender hardshell case is included. The case retains its trio of original latches, clean black leather ends, and the stock handle. Check out our shop "Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar, " and please let us know if we can answer any questions! International orders will be declared as merchandise, and the value of merchandise will be declared as the amount paid. We cannot declare anything as a gift or for a lesser value. The item "1966 Fender Electric XII Vintage 12 String Guitar 100% Original Olympic White" is in sale since Thursday, January 30, 2020. This item is in the category "Musical Instruments & Gear\Guitars & Basses\Electric Guitars". The seller is "mmguitarbar" and is located in Seattle, Washington. This item can be shipped worldwide.