This is great 12 string Strat made in Japan with a sought after E series serial number.
Created between 1984 and 1987 by Fujigen in Tokyo and built to a high specification, this Fender Stratocaster XII that is a pretty neat piece of work. These guitars are based on the Fender Electric XII which were built in USA from 1965 to 1969, and are now very collectible & quite expensive.
It has a pretty three colour sunburst finish over its alder body, and a rosewood fretboard on its maple neck. It has a classic 3 ply white pickguard, and white pickup covers and knobs, which have a nicely aged vintage cream look to them.
The neck has a 25 ½-inch scale length with a 7.25-inch radius. There are 21 vintage style frets still in good condition. The profile is not much different than a 6-string Strat, and there is a comfy C profile to the neck. Naturally the headstock is quite a deviation from the usual Fender shape, in order to accommodate those 12 tuners.
The tuners are Kluson vintage style finished in chrome, as is the hardtail bridge. The bridge is set up so the primary strings feed through the back of the body and the secondary strings are loaded from the top of the body.
The electronics are standard Stratocaster fare, including 3 single coil pickups, a 5-way selector switch, a volume control, and two tone controls.
The guitar we are looking at here is in very good condition, with no repairs or modifications that we can see.
Weight is 8.2 lbs
It is one of the easiest playing 12-strings you will ever find. Sound-wise, it is possibly a bit janglier than a Rickenbacker 12-string – amazing but true.
This Fender 12 from the best era of Japanese production is a winner for not a lot of $$$.
Comes in a quality hard shell case in good condition.