1965 Fender Electric XII Custom Color Black + OHSC

1965 Fender Electric XII Custom Color Black + OHSC

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Oh go on then, you can play Stairway this one time as long as you wear black....

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Magnificent and very rare, 1965 Fender Electric XII in factory Black formerly owned by Anders Peter Svensson of The Cardigans who then sold it to James Stevenson who’s collection we bought it from. It still has an SAS Airlines baggage tag attached to the case handle with Mr Svensson’s name on it.

Slightly worn but glorious and mega rare black finish, this guitar has wonderful patina and only a few minor knocks on the front. The back has some decent bucklerash but overall it looks fantastic and pretty damm cool.

The neck is slightly worn in places but elsewhere the lacquer is still glossy. The fretboard looks great and there’s plenty of life left in the frets. In fact it is pretty difficult to wear the fingerboard out on these Electric XII’s and I do not think we have ever seen one with a very worn fingerboard.

The iconic ‘hockey stick’ headstock has, like the body, for the most part stayed clear of any real damage and looks so good with the all original and unique to this finish, gold Fender logo.

The hardware is in great shape, no corrosion or discolouration.

The pickguard and the other plastics have been well looked after and the position markers are still present near the selector switch. Electronically everything is correct and all the solder joint look undisturbed.

The guitar comes with its correct Black Tolex Fender hardshell case.

There is a good reason why this guitar was the go to studio 12 string when it was introduced. The feel of the neck and the action are just a joy and the instrument has such vibrant tone when played acoustically. The tonal scope offered by the split coil pickups is always surprising, making the job of coaxing out a variety of lush sounds a dream.

This is only one of two factory black Fender Electric XII we have ever seen. To say this one is rare is an understatement and these guitars never stay with us for very long, which is a great shame as we love having them around, so if you’ve been hankering after one then nows your time!

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At a glance

Model: Electric XII
Year: 1965
Finish: Black

Modifications: None
Repairs: None
Weight: 3.70 Kg

Case: Correct Black Tolex Fender Hardshell case
Fingerboard: Rosewood
Tuners: Correct Fender 'F' tuners

Pickups: 2 x Correct Split single coil pickups
Hardware: Correct Chrome
Neck Profile: Medium C
Pots: Correct Stackpole 1M pots




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