Fender XII 1966 sunburst, tort

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Re: Fender XII 1966 sunburst, tort

Post by higgsblossom » Sun May 05, 2019 11:18 pm

:fp:
But it looks like new when you close it... that tort is really beautiful!
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Re: Fender XII 1966 sunburst, tort

Post by kapepper » Sun May 05, 2019 11:55 pm

What a hackjob

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Re: Fender XII 1966 sunburst, tort

Post by thisisnickpaige » Mon May 06, 2019 12:07 am

I mean to be fair, as far as hack jobs go, it's fairly 'descrite' if i can use that word in this context. Like someone else said, if you close it up you're not even bothered. Maybe the person got tired of trying to fit the wires around all that wood? Either way sucks, none the less, but could have been way way worse.

Thanks for all the pictures, this one is dreamy. :?

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Re: Fender XII 1966 sunburst, tort

Post by CROSS_guitars » Mon May 06, 2019 12:28 am

It's been fun to document.

I just emailed the owner who was completely unaware of this damage.
He bought it 15 years ago. It's likely the store that sold it to him had no idea about this either.

He has asked me to see if I can patch it up.
I have some pieces of alder I can use. Then I can do a colour match and try and get it looking original again.

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Re: Fender XII 1966 sunburst, tort

Post by kapepper » Mon May 06, 2019 1:05 am

You also were not aware of this before buying?
I doesn’t indeed affect the looks of it but it might impact on the sales price....
She still looks beautiful with pick guard at least

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Re: Fender XII 1966 sunburst, tort

Post by Paul-T » Mon May 06, 2019 2:16 am

It's super-annoying and I'd be very surprised if a previous owner hadn't looked under the pickguard during the entire time of owner ship.

It would ruin my day. But I think it's an area where a good repair would leave it every bit as structurally sound (the original bodies were probably at least two pieces of wood) and any cosmetic differences would be well hidden.
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Re: Fender XII 1966 sunburst, tort

Post by thisisnickpaige » Mon May 06, 2019 2:30 am

I don't know, i've owned tons of guitars that i've never taken the pickguard off of. Do you guys take every guitar apart you buy?

I guess now with the vintage guitar boom most people like to get amateur forensic with guitars, but i haven't always been like this.

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Re: Fender XII 1966 sunburst, tort

Post by CROSS_guitars » Mon May 06, 2019 3:01 am

kapepper wrote:
Mon May 06, 2019 1:05 am
You also were not aware of this before buying?
I doesn’t indeed affect the looks of it but it might impact on the sales price....
She still looks beautiful with pick guard at least
It's not my guitar. I'm setting it up for the owner.

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Re: Fender XII 1966 sunburst, tort

Post by CROSS_guitars » Mon May 06, 2019 3:03 am

thisisnickpaige wrote:
Mon May 06, 2019 2:30 am
I don't know, i've owned tons of guitars that i've never taken the pickguard off of. Do you guys take every guitar apart you buy?

I guess now with the vintage guitar boom most people like to get amateur forensic with guitars, but i haven't always been like this.
I take apart every guitar I buy. ha.

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Re: Fender XII 1966? sunburst, tort

Post by FEXII » Mon May 06, 2019 3:57 am

marqueemoon wrote:
Sat May 04, 2019 5:40 am
Dots and no binding. That makes it a pretty early one, right?
Where is the binding?

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Re: Fender XII 1966 sunburst, tort

Post by higgsblossom » Mon May 06, 2019 4:28 am

There's a no. ;)

The thing I find most interesting about this guitar is that someone must have done this, then decided to cover it up and left the stock pickups in. I guess the whole damage doesn't have any real effect on the functionality and sound of the instrument, and as soon as the pickguard is on, it's not visible anymore. Which I find interesting, because the instrument is otherwise in perfect shape and seems to have been treated with respect.

It would be interesting to know what the person who did this wanted to do. It's like a smuggler's work.
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Re: Fender XII 1966 sunburst, tort

Post by FEXII » Mon May 06, 2019 9:14 am

higgsblossom wrote:
Mon May 06, 2019 4:28 am
There's a no. ;)
So there is! Thanks.

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Re: Fender XII 1966 sunburst, tort

Post by eggwheat » Mon May 06, 2019 9:53 am

Prob to stash drugs..or an attempt to make it lighter.

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Re: Fender XII 1966 sunburst, tort

Post by CROSS_guitars » Mon May 06, 2019 5:43 pm

eggwheat wrote:
Mon May 06, 2019 9:53 am
Prob to stash drugs..or an attempt to make it lighter.
It would be a nice surprise if they had left me some. (drugs)

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Re: Fender XII 1966 sunburst, tort

Post by DaddyDom » Sat May 11, 2019 2:01 pm

I have one just like this and I've never taken anything off it. (Some of you must be screwdriver-happy!)
Maybe I have a drugs-pocket inside mine ... maybe I have your drugs! ;D

Mine is super-transitional as there are screw-holes filled in between/behind the 'F' tuners, where a row of Klusons was going to go. I know the filler is original as it's under the checking.

Totally awesome axes, here's a big pic.
https://www.dominicblaazer.net/copy-of-hammond-l122

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