Wait, what?? Bernard Butler + Maple neck Electric XII???

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Wait, what?? Bernard Butler + Maple neck Electric XII???

Post by zhivago » Mon Jun 29, 2020 1:37 pm

Just came across this photo...never seen an Electric XII like this one...

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Post by marqueemoon » Mon Jun 29, 2020 1:48 pm

I like it!

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Post by BoringPostcards » Mon Jun 29, 2020 8:02 pm

mega rare. Looks great.
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Post by s_mcsleazy » Mon Jun 29, 2020 8:50 pm

that's super interesting looking.

also im a bit curious what songs he would used it on. i'm not the biggest suede fan but my friend is.
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Post by zhivago » Mon Jun 29, 2020 9:47 pm

I wonder if he still owns it..or if it was a studio rental...I think the photo is meant to be Dog Man Star recording era.
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Post by mbene085 » Mon Jun 29, 2020 10:28 pm

I wonder if it could have been a custom-made replacement neck? I mean, most of the Electric XII was produced in the block inlay era, it was only 1965 and part of 1966 that they had dots, right? So it would have had to be a custom maple neck order in the first year or so of production. Fender sometimes did some real stuff, but my gut says someone might have built it to replace a damage or undesired neck.

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Post by SignoftheDragon » Tue Jun 30, 2020 1:15 am

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Post by zhivago » Tue Jun 30, 2020 6:19 am

mbene085 wrote:
Mon Jun 29, 2020 10:28 pm
I wonder if it could have been a custom-made replacement neck? I mean, most of the Electric XII was produced in the block inlay era, it was only 1965 and part of 1966 that they had dots, right? So it would have had to be a custom maple neck order in the first year or so of production. Fender sometimes did some real stuff, but my gut says someone might have built it to replace a damage or undesired neck.
It's possible...what throws me off is that it looks like it has the correct decal, and back then getting any replacement Fender decal, let alone an Electric XII would have been tricky...but it is a possibility...maybe even just a replaced rosewood fretboard to a maple cap fretboard...?

A definite mystery of a guitar...I guess we will most likely never know. :)
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Post by OffYourFace » Tue Jun 30, 2020 11:23 am

Remember that Robert Smith also used a maple neck XII while in The Banshees. Must've been a UK import only thing?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s-5mVUb1gqM

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Post by zhivago » Tue Jun 30, 2020 12:33 pm

Woah! Good call! I'd forgotten about that one! :o
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Post by algeriet » Fri Jul 03, 2020 2:11 am

OffYourFace wrote:
Tue Jun 30, 2020 11:23 am
Remember that Robert Smith also used a maple neck XII while in The Banshees. Must've been a UK import only thing?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s-5mVUb1gqM
That guitar, and the original one posted above, are so sick! Had no clue these were made.

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Post by Zeus » Sun Jul 05, 2020 1:55 am

Robert Smith (presumably) still owns his, it made some occasional Cure appearances circa 2000:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mujckupI2c8

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Re: Wait, what?? Bernard Butler + Maple neck Electric XII???

Post by jc808 » Tue Jul 07, 2020 12:08 pm

Rad. And yet, more jealous of his parquet floor.

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