"Michael Pearce got that for me. I’d mentioned to him I wanted one. I had a Rickenbacker and he said, “A lot of people who say they used the Rickenbacker, actually used Fender XII.” So he shows up one day with this beautiful Candy Apple Red XII, and I put it on just about every record. It’s just an amazing-sounding guitar. I learned that it does what the Rickenbacker doesn’t – but it doesn’t do what the Rickenbacker does (laughs)! The Rickenbacker goes “twang” like nothing else. Put it into an AC30, turn it up, and it’s the ultimate “fairy dust” guitar, for if you need a little sparkle for a bridge or chorus. Anytime I have difficult parts to play that need to be mellow, and not overtly twangy, I use the Fender. There’s a song called “Cool New Way,” on the Super Colossal record that’s just guitars with harmonics – no chording – and I put the Fender on the left channel and the Rickenbacker on the right, and they complemented each other so well. It led me to create the Ibanez JS-1200, and I actually took detailed pictures of this guitar’s finish and told Ibanez, “It would be nice to have a JS with this color.”more
I am the 2nd owner of a 1966 Fender XII electric 12 string. It was my main guitar for many years when I played indie folk music regularly. It's a fantastic guitar, though i've had maintenance to do to keep it in regular playing shape (as you do for 50+ year old guitars). I had it refretted, and the pick guard replaced (those old nitrocellulose guards slowly shrink with time, and it was pulling on the screws in the body). Other than that, it's a work horse, and has that beautiful vintage electric 12 string jangle.