Fender Alternate Reality Electric XII 12-String

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Re: Fender Alternate Reality Electric XII 12-String

Post by mikefiction » Wed Dec 18, 2019 8:14 pm

Picked up a LPB XII today at Guitar Center. I went there to just test it out, but it came home with me. This guitar is excellent!
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Re: Fender Alternate Reality Electric XII 12-String

Post by SignoftheDragon » Thu Dec 19, 2019 10:19 am

Played a LPB and a sunburst one a couple weeks back at a local shop. LPB one was a full pound+ heavier than the sunburst one, which is why I didn't take it home that instant to fight with my wife about it. Instead I took the high road and angled for it for a christmas present, but when I went back to get it they had both sold. >:(

Ordered a white one from Guitar Center (the local shop said they cant get them anymore) that should be here monday!

(making plans to get a blue one too)

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Re: Fender Alternate Reality Electric XII 12-String

Post by dc » Thu Dec 19, 2019 5:36 pm

SignoftheDragon wrote:
Thu Dec 19, 2019 10:19 am
Ordered a white one from Guitar Center (the local shop said they cant get them anymore) that should be here monday!
(making plans to get a blue one too)
my cousin got the LPB. i'm not normally a fan of that color, but damn it looks good on a XII :w00t:

i see they're still listed on the Fender website, albeit with a "click here to be notified when they're available again" message. i did, hoping they'll crank out another batch. they're obviously selling well, hopefully Fender will take the hint -
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Re: Fender Alternate Reality Electric XII 12-String

Post by Bradley-Jazz » Tue Dec 24, 2019 10:12 am

Mine arrived today!!!

I put the order in in January, so only 11 months wait!

The good: it is a lovely guitar, excellent, flawless finish, plays great, sounds just wonderful. Mine came with a lovely low (but not too low) action.

The really quite bad: the tone knob didn't do anything - I undid the control plate and the circuit isn't finished! No capacitor, and no grounding of any of the lugs on the tone pot! Bad photo:

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I've emailed the shop (GuitarGuitar in the UK) for their thoughts - but they will quite reasonably be off for Christmas now. I don't want to send it back, as everything else is really good about it, and I can easily fix it, but that is pretty slack of Fender!

I'm pretty phlegmatic about it (and surprised I can spell that apparently) - I got a new Bass VI yesterday, which is lots of fun, and had given up on the XII until 2020 (GuitarGuitar shipped it super fast after they got it), so I can live without a tone control for a bit. Mind you, this is the first time I've had anything like this with a Fender, but it's pretty comical.
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Re: Fender Alternate Reality Electric XII 12-String

Post by natthu » Tue Dec 24, 2019 5:59 pm

I checked in with my local guitar shop yesterday. My XII (that I ordered in May) won't be arriving until mid January at the earliest.
Ugh. Trying to acquire music gear in Australia sucks....

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Re: Fender Alternate Reality Electric XII 12-String

Post by Pacafeliz » Wed Dec 25, 2019 2:33 am

The MusicStore here still has the blue ones... :shifty:
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Re: Fender Alternate Reality Electric XII 12-String

Post by 601210 » Wed Dec 25, 2019 5:38 am

Bradley-Jazz wrote:
Tue Dec 24, 2019 10:12 am
The really quite bad: the tone knob didn't do anything - I undid the control plate and the circuit isn't finished! No capacitor, and no grounding of any of the lugs on the tone pot! Bad photo:
That's quite odd, it looks like it was done and then removed.

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Re: Fender Alternate Reality Electric XII 12-String

Post by Jubaea » Wed Dec 25, 2019 5:41 am

601210 wrote:
Wed Dec 25, 2019 5:38 am
Bradley-Jazz wrote:
Tue Dec 24, 2019 10:12 am
The really quite bad: the tone knob didn't do anything - I undid the control plate and the circuit isn't finished! No capacitor, and no grounding of any of the lugs on the tone pot! Bad photo:
That's quite odd, it looks like it was done and then removed.
This is exactly the impression that I also had... :-[
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Re: Fender Alternate Reality Electric XII 12-String

Post by Bradley-Jazz » Fri Dec 27, 2019 8:17 am

Right, the shop has contacted Fender and both have apologised profusely. I can fix it without affecting the warranty, so I will.

What capacitors are usually fitted - 22nF?

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Re: Fender Alternate Reality Electric XII 12-String

Post by VHen » Mon Dec 30, 2019 2:26 pm

I got mine just in time for the last two gigs of the year! I couldn't be any happier with it, after giving it a general setup and a string change, it plays really well. I did have the noise issue mentioned elsewhere. I shielded the pickguard with copper tape, which seems to have solved the problem. I always tinker around with my guitars anyway, so it was a welcome excuse to look under the hood ;D

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Re: Fender Alternate Reality Electric XII 12-String

Post by JBREEZY » Thu Jan 30, 2020 6:19 pm

Anyone on a case that fits these?

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Re: Fender Alternate Reality Electric XII 12-String

Post by JVG » Thu Jan 30, 2020 8:09 pm

My XII replica fits snugly in a Gator GW-JAG case. No doubt there are other options for right handers, but this is the only one i could find that fits lefty models, due to it being internally symmetrical.

If the Alternate Reality is true to vintage specs (size-wise) it will also fit.

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Re: Fender Alternate Reality Electric XII 12-String

Post by JBREEZY » Fri Jan 31, 2020 5:18 pm

Thanks for taking the time, and thanks for the info, I will definitely look into it.

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Re: Fender Alternate Reality Electric XII 12-String

Post by JBREEZY » Fri Jan 31, 2020 5:35 pm

That gator case seems to be a bit too short. It seems the whole length of the guitar is 43 in. The interior of the gator case is 42.

I found this though. It seems to be a bit longer than needed but seems to have the body dim, exact.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Douglas-BGC-25 ... 2833972399

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Re: Fender Alternate Reality Electric XII 12-String

Post by JVG » Fri Jan 31, 2020 11:33 pm

Perhaps the new XII’s are fractionally longer than the originals!

The gator spec sheet has the case at 42.6”

https://www.gatorcases.com/wp-content/ ... GW-JAG.pdf

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