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Fender Stratocaster XII 12-String Electric Guitar
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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 ...Click To Read More About This Product
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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.
- Solid alder body
- Bolt-on maple neck
- Rosewood fingerboard
- 21 medium frets
- Chrome hardware
- Dot inlays
- 1 volume, 2 tone, 5-way switching
- 3 vintage single coil pickups
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.
Exceptional build quality and playability. The stock string gauges are less than impressive. Switching to Ric gauges take it to that wonderful place that discerning 12-string aficionados seek. Let's face it, Fender did not want it to be a Ric-sounding knock-off out of the box - which it is not. However, the transition to Ric string gauges gets you there and further than a typical Ric can achieve in the area of versatility. Fender recommends a stock string gauge that can only be found by buying singles - which is a hassle. I've been playing Ric 12s for almost 40 years and can honestly say the Strat XII is wonderful, but it is essential to go to Ric gauge strings. Not to get a Ric sound (you actually can by using bridge pickup and a compressor), but to really bring it into an incredible player with a broader tone spectrum. Build quality is indeed impressive matching the playability of the well thought out neck and fret board making this 12 considerably less intimidating to play than the Ric. Set the action to 6/64 on fat E, and 4.5/64 on little E, use a strobe tuner for intonation on the 12 induvidual saddles (a big plus) and you're in heaven. This is a bargain for an instrument of this caliber. Kudos to Fender. Admittedly, I'm a real Ric fan, but the new Fender Stratocaster XII will certainly be a pleasing addition to my player collection. It is most definitely sweet with much charm. But needs the string gauge change to 10/10-13/13-20/10-26/13-34/20-42/26.
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!
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 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.
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
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.
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.
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 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 have played several Fenders but never owned one before. I needed a 12-string to record a specific sound for a project I was working on. When I bought this guitar, its playability was by far the best of any Fender I had ever played. The stock pickups are adequate, especially with the tone knobs set to "bright", though it does get a little muddy when the tone knobs are turned full low (like almost any guitar). I did discover a small foible that I was able to overcome by simply adjusting my playing style - When tuned to drop-d, and played hard, the lowest pitch D string has a tendency to rattle slightly against its partner. The solution to this is to either palm mute the low D string (which sounds awesome, by the way) or don't beat on it like it owes you money. All in all, the fit, finish and quality are almost perfect. I would have liked a humbucker/single/single setup, but when I played this guitar through my Marshall MG100HDFX head and 4x12 cabinet, it crunches up very nicely, and the clean tone is almost too sweet. Palm muting with crunch yeilds a very pleasing sound, and even with an insane amount of distrotion, this guitar still sounds good. I thought about upgrading the pickups, but can't bring myself to do it because this thing sounds too good as-is. Buy it - you won't be disappointed.
I bought this guitar recently and was blown away by its tone. I've had a Fender Acoustic Shenandoah since the 70's and played it with an insert pick-up whenever I need to do twelve string stuff. I got tired of doing that and didn't have the $$$$ for a Rick so I bought this one. The tone is just excellent through my Twin Reverb and can really get some wild sound through the Cyber Twin. If you don't want to put out the money for a RIC this is just as good in my opinion. If you buy it you won't be sorry !!!! DO BUY A STRAT HARSHELL CASE FOR THIS BEAUTY
I was looking for an electric 12 string to add to my collection. I was looking at a Ric but the price was too high, as I only play for pleasure. I saw the XII in the catalog and was curious. I remember seeing the old hockey stick Fenders in the 60's, but never a modern version. The price was right and I ordered it. It came to my house perfectly in tune and the neck fit my hand like a glove. Great Fender quality in a Japan-built guitar. Finish is high end and the sound is very clear. Try this and I know you will like it. Do not wait. Mine is sunburst.
What a sweet guitar. I got mine in Lake Placid Blue and it's just gorgeous. It stays in tune! It even sounds great dirty - I know 12-strings are usually played clean but if I add distortion I can get that wonderful "Cronges Cringid" tone that I've been dying for. I would not hesitate to replace this guitar! It's become my new number one.
This is a great sounding 12 string that looks cool and is extremely easy to play. But as far as the sound goes the sound on these is comparable to what you would get on far more expensive 12 strings. They sound beautiful, unique and at this price it is a great buy. I hope that these are offered for a while.
I had a Rickenbacker 360-12 and sold it about 5 years ago and regretted it ever since. I missed the last time the Strat XII was available, but now this time. I bought one and have been extremely happy with it. The sound is incredible, and it's easy to get it in tune and it stays that way.
This thing feels great, sounds great, and looks great! It sounds like a strat, but adds the chorus, phase, jangle sound of the extra 6 strings. It sounds great both clean, and with some grit. I play this through a Naylor Super-Drive Sixty head into a fender 2x12 cab along with my other fender guitars, and all I can say is that Fender has consistently done well by me.
I just got my Lake Placid Blue Strat 12 String and am amazed at the ease of the neck action all the way up to the "high E" fret.For the price and playability I recommend this guitar to everyone. This brings my Strat collection to 10. I rate this 10+ all the way!
I bought a sunburst. The cardboard box it comes in was somewhat disappointing but the guitar was in perfect shape nonetheless. I had to adjust the action lower by quite a bit but the neck was very straight. I?d say the total alignment and action is very good now. The intonation was very close. The neck is very comfortable. It plays beautifully and sounds great. You can also fit them in the standard rectangular guitar cases made for Strats. You don?t have to buy a bass case for it like Musician?s Friends suggests. Definitely a fun guitar and you can even play solos up high with bending.
In a nutshell, better than american fender strat, but for the electrics. Beautifuly made guitar, the overall sound is average to un inspiring, until American strat pickups fitted, then the true nature of this instrument is allowed out. Nice one Fender !