Fender Alternate Reality Electric XII 12-String

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Re: Fender Alternate Reality Electric XII 12-String

Post by SignoftheDragon » Fri Aug 28, 2020 2:21 pm

Oooo- That's nice!

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Re: Fender Alternate Reality Electric XII 12-String

Post by JVG » Fri Aug 28, 2020 8:30 pm

Nice improvement with the rotary switch. :)

I suggest drilling switch positions in the guard, like the originals - it adds a nice extra detail.
I used a 1mm drill bit, and it worked nicely, provided you take care to accurately mark the positions. Technically the holes should only go through to the middle (black) layer of the guard, but they are so small that it looks fine to drill right through.

http://www.offsetguitars.com/forums/vi ... 2&start=45

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Re: Fender Alternate Reality Electric XII 12-String

Post by Soniqfreq » Mon Oct 19, 2020 10:24 pm

Well I guess I need to repost due to the forum crash yesterday...anyways, I managed to pick up a new AR Electric XII last week in Olympic White. Guitar Center still has a few in stock in the Los Angeles area on sale for $799! This is a great price but be sure to check them out as they have been on the walls for a while and they may have some nicks and bumps (which is not ideal but may even score you an even lower price). The few LPB models left are still $999 for some reason.

I setup the guitar and it plays super smooth now. I set the neck relief to 0.10” on the 8th fret (capo on 1st and pressing 17th). Replaced the cardboard pieces in the neck pocket they use as a shim with a StewMac 0.5 degree wood shim. Oiled the neck with F-One and replaced the strings with the Elixir 12-string nanoweb set. Nut measured fine so I set the action nice and low to about 4/64ths from E to E. Only intonation adjustment really needed was on the G octave string. It plays great now and the Elixir strings are light and smooth. My fingers are very happy with the playability across the fingerboard. Still need to dress the frets to smooth out the edges, but nothing major.

My thoughts thus far are that with a good set-up this guitar has great playability. I like the Gotoh bridge and the layout makes stringing and setting up as easy as can be. I strung the regular set first and then did the octave and unison set. Still takes a lot of tuning and retuning, and for some reason stringing a couple of the tuners took a lot of effort to get the string to catch. That G tuner is a pain, too, due to the headstock blocking my winder. Fortunately, I only had to set the truss once and nailed the setting I wanted. It would be a challenge to keep having to loosen and pop the neck to adjust multiple times. Everything takes a lot more time with 12 strings. Go slow and double check you lined everything correctly before cutting the string. It’s easy to mess up if not careful. Also make sure the string is seated right on the saddle.

Electronics-wise, it is quiet on my tube amp as others noted, and the pickups configurations sound good to me. Each setting has a useful and interesting tonality and dimension. You do seem to lose a lot of volume when you turn down the master tone if the volume is pulled back any amount. Not sure if that is typical with the master tone circuit in offsets. I don’t think I’ll upgrade to Novak’s and add the vintage wiring mod, but who knows. I would like to have some cream pickup covers! The pick guard does have a ton of static electricity built up when you remove the plastic, but a dryer sheet rub over the plastic and screws neutralized it. I am also getting a lot more interference when plugged direct into my interface and sitting in front of my monitors so maybe shielding the pickguard and cavity is needed.

Anyways, loving this guitar and the rich harmonic content it produces. Definitely a great deal and easy to take to the next level with a little attention to the details.

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