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The Fender Stratocaster 12-String Electric Guitar is available again, and at an affordable price. If you yearn for the clean tone of a Strat and the spacious, jangly sound of a 12-string guitar, now you can satisfy both desires at once. Solid alder body. Maple neck with rosewood fingerboard. Vintage pickups. One volume and 2 tone controls and 5-way switching.
Reviewed by 35 customers
This is my first 12 string electric although I have played a few others. I own 3 other 12 sting acoustic guitars. Has pretty good sound but the amp you use will make a difference. Sounds really great on my Roland but just fair on my Crate. Neck is very thin so if you have big fingers this is not the guitar you want to buy. I have trouble with the conventional C chord and end up using the bar chord most of the time. I've had it about a year and do enjoy playing it. I noticed the price has gone up quite a bit since I bought mine. But still a good value for the dollar as a Rick will run you a couple thousand, although there is no comparison between the two. Mine is the sunburst and the finish is great.
This guitar is crafted beautifully, nothing wrong with playability or construction, it's a stunning instrument and a pleasure to play, the electronics on the other hand are not that great, under the guard I had to replace the tiny horrible potentiometers and thin flimsy wiring, the pickups are perfectly fine, it's just the supporting parts. Other than the pickups I replaced everything, even the input jack.Other than that little job this guitar is amazing, absolutely beautiful and a sound that sings.Learn how to string this thing though because it's a doosey and make sure you use the right gauge. 9-46 or you may ruin the neck.Perfect for rhythm and if you're skilled amazing for lead, tapping on this thing is mind blowing.
The only reason I put a 4 for value is that I am a little pissed that Fender had the price quite a bit lower for a long time and then suddenly jacked it up- someone forgot to tell Fender about the economic recovery. This instrument though is first rate, it is so easy to play, sounds amazing and looks stunning. I can't decide over the blue or the burgundy- they both look grrrreeeattt!
The Fender 12 string strat has the best neck on a 12 string I have ever played, and I have played many types in 50 years. I have the Lake Placid Blue, and when I played a gig a month ago, many guitar players approached me and stated they never saw a 12 string Strat. As a Rythmn player, I depend on a super fast neck. This has it. I recommend this guitar to any 12 string player who wants quality, great sound, and great ease of play. 5 stars for this baby!Dave SmithStuart, FL
This guitar looks and sounds beautiful however be aware that the neck width at the nut is very narrow. It is the same as for a Fender 6 string: 1.650? (42 mm). This makes playing many open string chords in first position very difficult (particularly if you have large hands) because your fingers regularly bump into the next open string. If you prefer a wider neck (44 mm or more) you may want to think twice about this guitar. It is a shame because it really is a great sounding guitar.
You just can't beat this music machine. I just recently bought this guitar after playing it a few times in the music shop in my town and decided that for the price it was unbeatable. While I like Hollow body guitars and Semi-hollow body guitars, this one I just couldn't pass up for the price. I got mine in Blue but who really cares about the colour as long as it sounds good. I haven't had any problems with it yet; hopefully I don't run into any. This guitar is by far one of Fender's best guitars on the market. If you like twelve string guitars just go for it and buy it; you'll be happy.
I ordered a Lake Placid Blue Strat XII from my local Fender dealer, and a couple weeks later when it came in, I was amazed.At first I was worried about the quality of a Japanese-made Strat, but the craftsmanship on this axe is 100%. Right out of the box the setup was spot on. The neck feels great, the finish is flawless (the blue is a LOT more blue than the pictures make it look) and the quality of the wood seems very fine.Complaints? Yes. Kind of. I'm not a fan of the vintage-style tuners. I find them frustrating to string. Once I've strung the thing up, I'm happy as a clam.Also the pickups. They ain't great and they buzz. I fixed it up with an EMG-SA set. The guitar (once strung, of course) is officially perfect.The price is a deal if you want to talk raw quality. If I just played it in the store, I wouldn't have been surprised by a $1000-1200 price tag. It's a superb piece.
I have been a 12 string player for many years, mostly Rickys. I just bought the re=issue strat 12, and liked it so much that I sold my "dream" guitar. This instrument sounds cleaner, is easier to play, and actually more fun than my 370/12. I played it with factory set-up and strings, and I am well satisfied.
I've not played many 12-strings, and no vintage ones, and at the time of getting it, did not know what went into a good 12-string, but I saw it, and had to try it. I spent 2 hours playing it, and thought it was awesome. It was worth every penny. Since then, I've tried Rickenbackers, and those are much different. They're not comparable, but I think that this guitar is definately one of the best 12-strings on the market. But it and you won't regret it
I added this unit to my collection to stand out as an oddball not knowing that I would end up really looking forward to play it.The tones are on the quite sweet side and resonate when given a tad of delay that is almost orchestral. You can really beat on it with some additional drive that lets you know that somehow it is indeed a Strat.