This is actually the best sounding and playing XII we've seen... and so light!
It's stamped "Special" on the headstock and body. This was something Fender did at the factory. They would hand-pick the best ones and lend them to artists and dealers to show them what they were working on, or bring them to mercantile conventions such as NAMM.
This was the first guitar of its kind. Not the first 12-string electric, but the first that was a 12-string from its inception. The Rick 12 was just a 6-string that they aded 6 tuning keys to. The fretboard really wasn't wide enough, it wasn't as intonatable, etc.
Fender, being the master innovators they were, corrected all of the problems the Rick faced. Here was a 12-string that offers superior tone, playability, and features a bridge system that is fully intonatable AND height adjustable! In fact, Fender spent so much time doing R & D that by the time they came out with the XII, the craze was over.
Every time you hear a 12-string on a Who record, it's this guitar. It was also the 12-string heard on every Zeppelin record, after LZ II. Page used the doubleneck live, but that is a Fender XII on Stairway To Heaven.
This example is all original, except the ceramic tone cap was replaced with a bumblebee paper oil cap. Those ceramic caps suffer from volume loss when you roll the tone off. Paper and oil caps do not suffer from that and have a much smoother and natural tone roll-off. Very good condition, with normal wear from playing. Comes with gig bag.
Check it out, complete with full-size photos, in our catalog here - http://www.maindragmusic.com/1966-fender-electric-xii.html