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1965 Fender Electric XII
Fender Electric XII
General Specs
Body: Solid 3-pice Alder
Finish: Sunburst with Nitrocellulose lacquer
Neck: One-piece maple bolt-on
Fingerboard: Rosewood with pearl dot markers
Frets: 21
Bridge: Individual bridge saddles for precise intonation
Headstock: "Hockey stick"
Tuners: Chrome enclosed Fender
Hardware: Chrome
Pickguard: White single layer ABS pickguard
Pickups: 2 Fender split-coil
Controls: Master Volume knob, Master Tone knob and 4-way rotary selector
Years in use: 1965-2009
The 1965 Fender Electric XII was most likely acquired by Jimmy Page in his Yardbirds days, however the first confirmed usage of it was in December 1970 in recording Stairway To Heaven & When The Levee Breaks and in May 1972 at Stargroves, East End, Newbury, England, for The Song Remains The Same from Houses Of The Holy.

The Fender Electric XII made its first on stage performance on April 4, 2009 when Jimmy Page joined keyboardist Jason Rebello, bassist Tal Wilkenfeld and drummer Vinie Colaiuta for Beck's Bolero > Immigrant Song > Beck's Bolero along with fellow Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Inductee, Jeff Beck.


1965 Fender Electric XII
from Guitar Heroes magazine, November 1982
1965 Fender Electric XII
JImmy Page & Jeff Beck, Beck's Bolero/Immigrant Song, April 04, 2009, Cleveland Public Auditorium, Cleveland, Ohio

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October xx, 1968 - Led Zeppelin is recorded
October 19, 1968 - Final performance as the New Yardbirds
October 31, 1969 - Led Zeppelin II is released in the US
October 17, 1969 - Bonham is thrilled to play Carnegie Hall where Buddy Rich and Gene Krupa have performed
October 23, 1970 - Led Zeppelin III is released in the US
October xx, 1970 - The press lash out at the band over the Led Zeppelin III acoustic content
October xx, 1971 - Page and Plant venture around Thailand and India after the Japan tour
October 18, 1972 - Zeppelin rehearse at the Rainbow Theater for a UK tour
October xx, 1973 - Each member performs an individual film sequence for their concept film
October 31, 1974 - Swan Song hosts a party for the launch of its UK division
October xx, 1975 - Led Zeppelin decide not to tour and concentrate on recording new material
October 20, 1976 - The Song Remains The Same premieres at New York’s Cinema One
October xx, 1977 - Jimmy starts assembling a Led Zeppelin live album from recordings as far back as 1969
October xx, 1978 - Jones and Bonham record with Paul McCartney at Abbey Road Studios
October xx, 1978 - Rehearsals for In Through The Out Door in London
October xx, 1979 - All nine Led Zeppelin albums enter the Billboards Top 200 -- no other band has ever achieved this
October 10, 1980 - A private funeral is held for John Bonham at Rushock church in Worcestershire
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