Did I ever mention the story to you about how I butchered a pristine 1966 Fender XII in 1979?
well, here goes..
bought it for 15 dollars and a small bag of weed from a Musician friend.
i lopped off the node on the headstock and the bottom part of the body..put a telecaster bridge on it..I turned it into a six string..
I filled in the holes of one set of tuners with doweling.
Russ Ballard of Argent was playing a Strat that he had modded..it had space age holes drill through the body..I tried to emulate that look with minimal success.
I painted the body with Candy Apple red spray paint.
I was playing it in a bar gig ..the bar door was open and I saw a Hassidic Dude standing outside..
when we went on break he waved to me to come out..
He asked me if the guitar was a F XII.
I was wondering how he could even recognize it after I had raped and violated it?
It still had the tortoise shell pickguard, and the original PUs.
He asked me if any other original parts remained..
I told him the case, the bridge, and the tuners were in the case.
He offered me 125 bucks..
He picked it up next day @my House..turns out he was a Rabbi visiting family and he was from Montreal Canada..
About 6 months later he sends me a CD of his band..The Fender XII is the CD cover, beautifully restored, original sunburst finish.
He signed the CD and wrote, ‘You are off the hook from Fender Karma Retribution.’
I like to start of this story as;
‘ A Rabbi walks into a bar...’[/QUOTE]
cool story !
actually the Fender XII is top of my wishlist, and just looked, it's not super cheap but not too expensive either, the other stuff on my wishlist would be luxury items, hmmm, the XII would also be a luxury and not really something I desperately need, in fact, I don't need any more gear, oh well, that's what I keep telling myself