prototypes or as Custom Shop guitars, but as far as I am aware they have never made available a production model instrument in the doubleneck format.
Until now, that is. Here we have a Fender Japan ST-W Stratocaster 12+6 doubleneck, which (I don't read Japanese but I strongly suspect) is being offered for sale as a non-Export Japanese-market only model. (I've commented before that the most interesting Fender guitars seem to be made by Fender Japan for the Japanese market only). Each side of the guitar has its own volume control, but it looks as if they share a single tone control, with the middle position pot where there would normally be a tone control having been replaced with a neck selector switch. The ST-W looks all the better for having the more compact 12-string headstock as featured on the Japanese-made Fender Stratocaster XII and instead of the oversized hockeystick 12-string headstock as seen the (American-made) vintage Fender XII and Custom Shop doublenecks.
The Fender ST-W is listed on the Fender Japan website, priced at ¥246,750 (that's over $3,136 USD at the time of writing and which is approaching Custom Shop prices for such an instrument anyway).
G L Wilson
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