I know these aren't "cool" on guitar forums, but I pulled my Venus XII out the other day and figured I would make a poast about it. I have a couple Rickenbacker 12 strings and while they're awesome at what they do the Venus XII is a pretty different sound and is a surprisingly nice quality guitar despite being made in Asia and being a Squire. These came out in about 1996/97 (IIRC) and were a Courtney Love endorsed guitar. At the time (slightly before guitar forums) pawn shop guitars were becoming a little trendy and most of today's bloozemen had sold their BC Rich and Kramer guitars for Fender Mustang, Jazzmaster and Jaguar guitars - which had been reissued by FMIC (these foreign made reissues were actually BETTER than the old ones but we wouldn't figure that out until guitar forums came along and 20 years later the reissues were deemed vintage!) and bought flannel shirts. A year or two later these d00des would lose their hair, buy fedoras, and discover teh blooze after their new found dislike of hair metal made them relate more to Lightning Boy than Vai. Teh dooz had been paid, the forums were open and they had become Bloozemen! Anywho, the Venus XII was a big flop. They didn't make many of them because people didn't like them. I was lucky enough to meet someone who worked for Fender at the time and because I was in an original banned that was doing well in a big college town (back then original bands played 2-3 times a week to actual crowds!) I got this one for a song! The backstory on these is that the bridges and string guides were from the old Electric XII and the pickups were made in the Duncan Custom Shop because they didn't make enough of these to mass produce them. The never happened second run would have had those. The tuners are really nice and the wood in the neck is nothing like the junk you see on Mexican/Chinese/North Korean, etc... Fenders of today. Anywho, maybe someday these will become cool. Hopefully there is someone out there who also owns one or will now pick one up if they see it for cheap somewhere! Sadly, a bunch of these were taken apart to build Electric XII replicas over the years (you basically get the bridge, string guide and pickups (pups!). I had thought about doing that a few times but it's such a nice guitar to play I could never do it (pull the trigger) and this guitar has stayed around for about 20 plus years and was never sold (thinned from teh hurd!).