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My next Fender guitar? Thinline VS Electric XII

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by Twang Deluxe, Feb 24, 2021.

  1. Twang Deluxe

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    Hello everyone,

    I'm thinking about getting my next Fender guitar.

    I already own the following guitars:

    -Mexico Standard Tele with Vintage Noiseless Pickups
    - 60s Classic Tele with Baja Neck and Pickups
    - 60s Classic Player Strat with Vintage Noiseless Pickups
    - P-Bass Copy
    - Fender DG 7
    - Martin D1-R
    - Martin D12x

    Now I'm thinking about getting a 72 Thinline Tele (because it has Humbuckers and is semi-hollow) or a Fender Electric XII Alternate Reality (because I like Beat and Folkrock)

    Which one would you get?

    Thank you
     
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    That’s tough, given that you already have some great teles and no 12 string (unless one of those acoustics is). I’d still do the thinline if it’s about weight and having a guitar with humbuckers. Thin lines don’t sound all that different from solid body teles to me, but they are way comfier.

    One thing I was a little disappointed with in my thinline was that it wasn’t all that acoustically louder unplugged than my solid body teles. I expected something a little closer to a parlor guitar I guess.
     
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    I play my '72 RI Thinline a lot. There are many pickup choices out there. I think the 12 string would be fun but kind of niche.
     
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    I’d snap up an Electric XII if I could find one (especially if it wasn’t the sunburst!). They are sold out as far as I know and not many second hand ones around either.
     
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    Just me but if given those two choices I would go with a thin line because when it comes to any 12-string with me my question is what do I do after a half hour
     
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    Chiogtr4x Doctor of Teleocity

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    Having said that Fender twelves are very cool here's a picture of Johnny Winter playing one as a 6-string maxresdefault.jpg
     
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    What kind of Thinline do you have?
     
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    MIM 2004
     
  9. Paul45

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    Same here. I've found electric 12's get very tired, very quickly.
     
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    I'd grab one of the 12 stings while they are more commonly available. Plus it's different from what you have. A thinline is easy to find, and will be two years from now, if you feel you end up needing that as well.
     
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    Chiogtr4x Doctor of Teleocity

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    I'm actually like this about ALL 12 strings.

    They just don't do much for me.

    Not that I wouldn't maybe want 1, but there's a whole lot of other guitars I want first.
    It's my own lack of imagination what to do with the 12 string
     
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    Thinline

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    I heard that was a pretty fun gig.

     
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    Given your love things on the folky end an electric 12. If you said rawk, the Thinline
     
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    I know this is a cliche but with Johnny Winter, the guitar is just a part of his body.

    I have listened to, and watched him play ( only once, live, but videos) for almost 50 years now, and he absolutely fascinates me!

    Whatever the guitar he is playing doesn't matter- effortless, like breathing, or dancing.
     
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    Thank you very much for your answers, the nice pictures and videos.

    Which Thinline 72 would you suggest me? How about the ones made in Japan in the 80s?

    It's difficult to find an Alternate Reality XII. Has anyone of you build one? How about getting a Coronado XII Neck and a new body?
     
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    I get so little use out of my electric 12 that I'm selling it. If you really have GAS for a 12, I'd recommend an acoustic over an electric.
     
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    I remember when I had some friends locally who were in a Yes type band - they were all very competent players,
    I was intrigued by the guitarist who played a Gibson Firebird - but, very unusually, it was the 12 string version!
    I realised that it was only fitted with 6 strings... but it was quite a beast!
     
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    What kind of electric 12-string do you own?
     
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