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.

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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.

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