Very rare and gorgeous la]te 1965 Fender Electric XII in original condition and finished in uber cool Custom Colour Ice Blue Metallic. This is one special guitar and if you are into your rarer Custom Colour Fender Electric XII’s, this could be your lucky day…
Stunning guitar, the only modification is a set of period correct Schallers, probably installed very soon after the guitar was born. It has the factory large frets which are in great condition and it plays with such ease you would never believe you had 12 strings to press down on. As is the course with Ice Blue Metallic, the nitro clearcoat has turned yellow with age, greening the blue ever so slightly and presenting a slightly more olive green appearance. When you remove the pickguard, neck plate etc you can see the original shade of IBM clearly where it has not been exposed to the Sun’s UV rays.
Overall this guitar is in great shape. The matching headstock has escaped any damage or flaking though there are signs of use elsewhere.
There is little wear on the frets, no wear on the fingerboard and very little wear on the back of the neck. As you can hopefully see from the many internal pictures on our gallery page, it seems to be totally stock inside with no disturbed solder anywhere with a neck date of November 1965 and the pots date to 45th week of 1965.
The guitar comes with its correct Black tolex hardshell case
It has a nice low action and does in fact play really well with all pickups being nice and strong with as much chime as the bells of Notre Damme could ever hope for! As you are all undoubtedly aware, the Electric XII is the guitar that has featured on many a massive hit by some very well known artists including Stairway to Heaven, The Who’s Tommy, Jeff Beck’s Becks Bolero and many many more. All you have to do is plug this in and you will soon realise why this is..!
We believe these guitars are one of the bargains of the vintage market place at the moment and prices are only likely to rise. This is the very first and only Electric XII we have seen in this superb, original colour, when it eventually goes (and we do not expect this to hang around long) I think it will be a VERY long time before we find another, if in fact we ever do…