Completed Fender XII build.

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Completed Fender XII build.

Post by N0_Camping4U » Sat Aug 25, 2018 12:03 pm

Had some requests to show off my Fender XII build. I built this a couple of years ago but never got around to posting pictures of it.

Sounds and plays absolutely perfect through my 1961 Showman 8)

Enough blabbin' - here's the pix.








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Re: Completed Fender XII build.

Post by unreal77 » Sat Aug 25, 2018 1:15 pm

OFF THE HOOK :-*

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Re: Completed Fender XII build.

Post by TeenageShutdown! » Sat Aug 25, 2018 5:43 pm

Proper pornography.

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Re: Completed Fender XII build.

Post by vistavision » Sun Aug 26, 2018 12:57 pm

That is phenomenal.
I'm sure some Fender dealer in '64 looked at the new Duo-Sonic II and thought, "That's not a Duo-Sonic. That's a Mustang".

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Re: Completed Fender XII build.

Post by daysleeperjeff » Mon Aug 27, 2018 7:41 am

Gorgeous! How much would you say you spent on this project...if you don’t mind sharing.

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Re: Completed Fender XII build.

Post by armyofbees » Mon Aug 27, 2018 8:00 am

beatutiful! love the gold and that birdseye neck! well done!!

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Re: Completed Fender XII build.

Post by mefgames » Mon Aug 27, 2018 9:58 am

That's a beauty !! Looks like you went all out with the bound neck and pearl inlays. Thanks for posting !!

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Re: Completed Fender XII build.

Post by N0_Camping4U » Mon Aug 27, 2018 1:14 pm

Hey everyone. Thank you for the nice comments. This was my dream guitar even before I owned a guitar. I'm a bassist first :whistle:

I only own this Fender XII, and a Jaguar. These two satisfy all of my needs. I couldn't be happier. It's my favorite instrument.


As for price, and details:





The body and pickguard was made by the MAN - Jazzprod. He's on here. He can do anything. He painted and fixed up my old Jazz bass, check it out: viewtopic.php?t=99875
I think he did body and pickguard for 500.

MJT did the finish and matching headstock. Curiously, they said they'd do the matching headstock for free if they could put it on their website... and they never did. That was 300.

Warmoth did the neck, they're the only folks that would do it to all my specification. USACG was a pain in the ass when I contacted them. I don't like them. I know Warmoths blocks aren't vintage accurate, that wasn't a deterrent to me at all. I basically balled out here on the neck. Top tier 3A birdseye, dark braz board, binding, bone nut, real pearl blocks, raw satin finish. I think this was about 700-800.

Curtis novak did the pickups. I got the normal and the 'fat' this was 260.

Bridge, tuners, strings, cloth internals etc probably ran another 100 or so.

All in with shipping everything I'd say I was around 2,000 dollars. I have absolutely no regrets. I love this damn thing.

Thank you for Jazzprod who was a big big help (and who is building me a LPB Bass VI right now :-*).... (And who I want to talk with about doing a type 1 Marauder build one day....)

Happy to answer any other questions. Thank you again everyone <3
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Re: Completed Fender XII build.

Post by wproffitt » Mon Aug 27, 2018 5:34 pm

That is pretty awesome. If I ever have a XII, I’ll probably go this route. What bridge are you using here?

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Re: Completed Fender XII build.

Post by kgbAttack » Mon Aug 27, 2018 11:09 pm

Beautiful! Congrats!

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Re: Completed Fender XII build.

Post by StevenO » Tue Aug 28, 2018 2:59 am

That looks really wonderful. Great job! :)

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Re: Completed Fender XII build.

Post by JVG » Tue Aug 28, 2018 4:01 am

Totally awesome!

Is that a Gotoh bridge with a separate metal surround? Where did you get that from?

Cheers!
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Re: Completed Fender XII build.

Post by N0_Camping4U » Tue Aug 28, 2018 6:01 am

JVG wrote:
Tue Aug 28, 2018 4:01 am
Totally awesome!

Is that a Gotoh bridge with a separate metal surround? Where did you get that from?

Cheers!
J.

Good eye. It is a surround plate for a Gotoh bridge - I got that here: https://store.factionguitars.com/produc ... ound-plate
The bridge works perfectly. An old friend of mine has a real-deal Fender XII... And I know this sounds bogus but even he agrees mine feels and plays better than his. He has actually been tossing around the idea of building one so he can get a custom color on it and then sell his vintage burst... In a blind-folded taste test, you'd never be able to pick out which one is vintage and one which isn't. They sound that similar.
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Re: Completed Fender XII build.

Post by 46346 » Wed Aug 29, 2018 10:18 am

Holy Hockey Stick! that neck! the maple...
i remember when you got this started way back... and now this made my morning.


tell me about the Novak Fat pup - where do you have it and what's it like?
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Re: Completed Fender XII build.

Post by N0_Camping4U » Thu Aug 30, 2018 8:35 am

46346 wrote:
Wed Aug 29, 2018 10:18 am
Holy Hockey Stick! that neck! the maple...
i remember when you got this started way back... and now this made my morning.


tell me about the Novak Fat pup - where do you have it and what's it like?
It seems like forever ago I started but it was maybe 2 years or so ago. I haven't seen many people complete a build of theirs. Maybe 1 or 2 people.

I got the Novak Fat just because he recommended it and I was kind of in a 'no expense spared' mindset.

As I mentioned earlier, an old friend of mine has a real deal vintage Fender XII, and ours sound very very similar. I'm not sure exactly how much the Novak Fat has to do with it, but it must do something. When I had both in my hand they were noticeably different looking in the windings aspect.

The Fat pickup goes in the bridge pickup, so that's where I mounted it.



Side note: I have flat wound strings on my Fender XII. I started with rounds, then went half-n-half... Now it is entirely flat wounds and I truly think that is the way to go. I've read it sounds more vintage and jangly... And I truly think it does. I get a pack from Pick of the Ricks that they hand assemble to emulate the old style 12 strings. After I put that 12 string pack on - there was no turning back. I highly recommend picking those up. They make packs once every couple of months, but they only make 50 or so and they immediately run out. I missed getting them twice even with the email notification on >:(
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