• Fender Electric XII electric guitar (1965-1969)
    Fender Electric XII (1965-1969)
  • Fender Electric XII electric guitar(1965-1969)
    Fender Electric XII (1965-1969)


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1965 to 1969

The Fender Electric XII was a Jaguar/Jazzmaster style 12-string electric guitar. It was Fender's first solid-body electric 12 string. In a departure from the Strat-style headstock, it had a distinctive "hockey-stick" headstock.

The Electric XII used a split pickup design (like a Precision bass) with a 4 way pickup selector for neck, neck & bridge in series, neck & bridge in parallel and bridge only options.  It used a string-through-body bridge. This model had the first 12 saddle bridge: allowing intonation to be set for each individual string.

The first models had unbound fingerboards with dot inlays. From 1966 onwards they had bound fingerboards and block inlays.

The model was discontinued in 1969. Left-over Electric XII necks were used for Fender Maverick guitars, the Mavericks were only 6-strings leaving a huge gap between each machinehead.

Later in the 1960s Fender introduced a thin hollow-body 12-string: the Coronado XII made 1967-1970. Also in the modern era there have also been several 12-string Stratocaster models, starting with the Japanese made Special/Deluxe Series Strat XII of 1988-1997, then the Classic Series Stratocaster XII (2003-2004) and the Special Edition Series Stratocaster XII (2005-10). There was also a Fender Custom Shop 12-string Telecaster in the late 1990s.

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Pickup selector controls4-way selector switch
Tone controls1 tone control
Volume controls1 volume control


Pickups configuration2 split single coil pickups


Finish effectssunburst finish
Made inUSA
Number of strings12 strings


Body shape featuresasymmetrical body, double cutaway
Pickguard materialtortoiseshell pickguard


Bridgestrings-through bridge
Hardware colorchrome hardware


Fingerboard inlay materialpearl fingerboard inlay material
Fingerboard materialrosewood fingerboard
Fingerboard position markersblock fingerboard position markers, dot fingerboard position markers


Neck jointbolt on neck
Neck materialmaple neck
Number of frets21 fret
Peghead (headstock)drooping headstock
Tuner layoutsix-per-side tuners

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Fender Electric XII

What about the Coronado XII?

Fender 12 strings

Good point, thanks! There were other Fender 12 strings - the Electric XII was the first solid body 12 string. I've added info about the Coronado XII and other Fender 12 string models to the page.