Fender officially launches the Alternate Reality Electric XII

Curious-looking 12-string was unveiled earlier this year.

Fender Alternate Reality Electric XII

Fender has officially released the Alternate Reality Electric XII, the hotly anticipated 12-string introduced alongside the Meteora, Powercaster and Sixty-Six earlier this year.

Like its Alternate Reality siblings, the Electric XII is a Fender reimagination of quirky models from the past. The original Electric XII debuted in 1965 and stood out with its “hockey stick” headstock, offset body and a pair of split single-coils. This modern iteration doesn’t stray too far from its predecessor, retaining the same aesthetics and electronic setup.

The split-coil pickups, as introduced above, have been designed specifically for the Electric XII. They’re capable of “crisp, clear and balanced” tones, and can be sculpted via a three-position switch along with master volume and tone controls.

Another unique feature on this 12-string is its fully adjustable hardtail bridge. This piece of hardware boasts 12 individual saddles, which are intended to help you manage the strings’ intonation.


Rounding out the axe’s features are an alder body, a modern C-shaped maple neck, a 9.5-inch-radius pau ferro fingerboard and the iconic “hockey stick” headstock.

Hear the Alternate Reality Electric XII in action below:

Available in 3-Colour Sunburst, Lake Placid Blue and Olympic White. Retails at $999.99. More info at fender.com.