Fender Stratocaster XII

I've just got myself this baby:

It's so nice to have a playable 12-er! I think the fact that it doesn't have a wide fingerboard helps. (Actually, the American Standard Strat has a fingerboard which is wider at the nut by a whole millimetre!)

I've played Rickenbacker 12s before now, and they are indeed fabulous, but I didn't have the budget for one of those. I don't care, I'm very happy with this Strat XII from Fender Japan.

Here's an oddity though... You'll notice it's a nice bright Candy Apple Red. According to the Fender website these Strat XII's are only available in Sunburst, Lake Placid Blue or Burgundy Mist. And no, it's not one of the earlier shorter-scale Strat XIIs (you can tell those at a glance by the HUGE bridge and the 22-fret neck). Possibly it's a Japanese Fender that was not intended for export?...

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ive read lots of good reviews on those Strats, i must admit the candy apple red is the colour to be with, great choice glw.

I looked up the serial number (Q + 7 digits) which dates it to between 2002-2004.

NOS then because it still had the plastic on the pickguard and the pickups.

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