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❌SOLD❌ Fender Alternate Reality Electric XII Lake Placid Blue, 2019


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The Fender Alternate Reality Electric XII made a hard-to-find model available again. Though they have a number of effective uses in performance and recording situations, there are few electric 12’s that have kept up with advances in 6-strings. The 1965 Fender Electric XII delivered a solid and reliable 12, with individually adjustable saddles for precise intonation – unlike many other 12’s. This model was introduced in 2019, and is now out of production.

Here we’re looking at a Fender Alternate Reality Electric XII in Lake Placid Blue, built during 2019 in Fender’s Ensenada, Mexico facility. It is in excellent condition with only the lightest wear, and is sold with its original gig bag.

The Fender Alternate Reality series is “a limited-edition run of models where multiple Fender design clues are mixed and matched within a single instrument.”, though the Electric XII relies almost entirely on the original design.

As a couple of possible interesting asides, an early Electric XII was converted to six-string and used by Johnny Winter for his performance at Woodstock. Second, one of the key differences in sound between a classic Ric 12 and pretty much everything else is the orientation of the octave pairs – on a Ric, the lower octave string is first in the path of a downstroke, on others the higher octave string is. Reversing this orientation, which typically requires adjustments to or replacement of the nut can have a significant sonic effect.

Here’s the builder on the Fender Alternate Reality Electric XII:

“Originally released in 1965, the Electric XII was designed from the ground up for performance and authentic Fender tone. Featuring dual split-coil pickups, a special 12-string hardtail bridge and a 3-position pickup selector, this jangly offset will definitely get attention onstage.

The split-coil Fender Alternate Reality Electric XII pickups were designed specifically for this guitar, and they have the sound that made Fender famous—crisp, clear and balanced. The 3-position switch lets you activate either pickup on its own or in tandem. The fully adjustable hardtail bridge sports 12 individual saddles, ensuring spot-on intonation, which is the key to successfully wrangling twice the usual number of strings. The maple neck’s “Modern C”-shaped profile works well for almost any playing style and sports a comfortable 9.5”-radius fingerboard with 21 medium-jumbo frets and a distinctive ’65 12-string headstock.

With its unique sound and cool aesthetics, the Fender Alternate Reality Electric XII is a sterling example of our tradition of purposeful innovation. It’s just the thing for adding a uniquely creative touch to your music. Includes deluxe gig bag.”

Fender Alternate Reality Electric XII Specifications:

  • Model Description: Fender® Electric XII, Pau Ferro Fingerboard, Lake Placid Blue
  • Model #: 0143913302
  • Body: Alder
  • Orientation: Right-Hand
  • Series: Alternate Reality
  • Commodity Code: 9207901000
  • Country Of Origin: MX (Mexico)
  • Dimensions: 4.70×15.10×49.50 IN
  • Body Shape: Jazzmaster®
  • Body Finish: Gloss Polyester
  • Body Color: Lake Placid Blue
  • Bridge: Fully Adjustable 12-Saddle Hardtail Bridge
  • Pickguard: 4-Ply Aged White Pearloid
  • Tuning Machines: Fender® Vintage-Style
  • Control Knobs: Skirted Black Plastic with Numbered Indicators
  • Controls: Master Volume, Master Tone
  • Hardware Finish: Nickel/Chrome
  • Headstock: Vintage Fender® Villager™ Shape
  • Neck Finish: Satin Urethane Finish on Back of Neck with Gloss Urethane Headstock Face
  • Neck Material: Maple
  • Scale Length: 25.5″ (64.77 cm)
  • Neck Shape: Modern “C”
  • Number of Frets: 21
  • Fingerboard: Pau Ferro
  • Fingerboard Radius: 9.5″ (241 mm)
  • Fret Size: Medium Jumbo
  • Nut Material: Synthetic Bone
  • Nut Width: 1.685″ (42.8 mm)
  • Truss Rods: Standard
  • Scale Length: 25.5″ (64.77 cm)
  • Position Inlays: White Dot
  • Pickup Configuration: SS
  • Neck Pickup: Split-Coil Electric XII
  • Bridge Pickup: Split-Coil Electric XII
  • Refinement Pickups: Vintage-Style
  • Pickup Switching: 3-Position Toggle: Position 1. Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Bridge And Neck Pickups, Position 3. Neck Pickup
  • Strings: D’Addario® EXL150 12-String Nickel Plated Steel (.010-.046 Gauges)
  • Case/Gig Bag: Deluxe Gig Bag

Price: $1,350.00 CAD
  • Model: Alternate Reality Electric XII
  • Year: 2019
  • Finish Lake Placid Blue and Natural
  • Class: Used
  • Serial Number: MX19080062, dated to August 2019 at Mexico
  • Country of Origin: Mexico
  • Condition: Very Good
  • Date Posted: 10/05/2023

  • This instrument has been sold
  • Consignment Item

  • Including original Gig Bag case
  • Instrument Weight: 8.668lbs 3.94kg
  • Scale Length: 25.5in 647.7mm
  • Nut Width: 1.671in 42.44mm
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