Many of the eBay sellers simply don't know how to date the guitars they have, and a few, unfortunately, may want to mislead bidders as to the actual age of the guitars. There are several visible dents. There are a lot players who prefer these over the original models. And the pickguard is not the tightest fit quality wise. These guitars would not be copies, of course, but highly playable guitars with versatile electronics and other features previously unavailable on instruments manufactured by Fender.
The Japanese company Fujigen Gakki which served as an Ibanez facility was contracted by Fender to manufacture the line. We too are learning as we progress and would ask for you to use these information at your own discretion. In 2000, Fernandes made a guitar to promote the , similar to Lammy's guitars. This name was given because they were essentially reviving the old classic Fenders. Here's my strat: Click to expand.
The Esprit and Flame models are dual cutaway, semi-hollow tone chambered bodies alder bodies with spruce or maple tops, set-in maple necks, ebony or rosewood fingerboards, 3-on-a-side tuners, and 2 humbucker pickups. So, I bought it for a buddy of mine who plays them. Contact Us - Fernandes Guitars. Fernandes Guitars - Wikipedia Fernandes Guitars is a guitar and accessory manufacturer, that originated in Japan in 1969, building flamenco guitars. In retrospect, Smith feels the guitars were successful in regard to quality and public perception. This guitar is a great piece of history.
Contact Us - Fernandes Guitars Fernandes Guitars - Official Web Site - Online product catalog, news, artists,. There's also a Fernandes logo stamp on the neck plate. Might have to bid on that for the heck of it, but I'm going to my shop tomorrow to scope out the one they have in stock as well. The grip is not really fat. The original hardware is in excellent order and working fine - has the hallmarked bridge saddles and the gotoh tuners. Like Kenmore is a brand, but they do not make any of their appliances, most of which are made by competing brands. But it is not really bad looking for a bass this age,and it gives the bass character.
To avoid the copyright war, Fernandes began to make changes to certain parts of their design like truss rod cover, shape etc. He recalls Fender made the modification post-production, and relatively few were shipped. When it began in the 70's, there were no problems with copyright issues. The back of the neck is clean and unmarked and the headstock has a couple of small dents. The body and neck are Mahogany made from the catalog descriptions. Both of mine came with Gotoh tuners, the Fernandes Floyd Rose in my Revolver is a Takeuchi version, but they may have changed that since the one you're talking about is 2014 and mine are older. Great Vintage vibe, real wear, not the fake worn series crap.
Eventually, as the company found that the demand for their popular replicas grew and that the size of the production was getting too large, they relinquished their Stratocaster division to Fender Japan in late 1981. It's a story that's been around a long time, since it was told to me by the store owner who sold my my first Fernandes strat clone back in 1985 pictured below. Ran it through a Fender Mustang V, and it sounds good. Whomever owned it, took care of it. I really can't help you date other models or offer you opinions on value, etc.
If it has the lawsuit headstock you are in business even more. Carmen Grillo, who was the guitarist with Tower of Power for a number of years in the 90's, and who currently plays with the Sons of Champlin, has used a Fernandes Strat every time I've seen him perform --- perhaps a dozen times. Do they even make them anywhere else? Get some keys to do it. I wish I could take a pic, I'd feel kind of weird but they may be okay with a quick camera pic? The Tokai Love Rock series are known to be the best Les Paul models around,this is also the Custom edition. If Fernandes wanted or required their products to have a serial number as part of the contract agreement with the factory would have put one on the instrument. So anything is possible, I suppose.
I hope this guide helps you in your selling or buying decisions. The headstock logo was design such that from a distance it looked just like a vintage Fender. I'm going today to check it out I can surf the web on my handheld so I'll bookmark your excellent review to compare Thanks! The Elites featured diamond-flake inlays and pearloid-button tuners. The intention was to offer an electronically versatile alternative to the Gibson Les Paul. This guitar is all original, on request I will mail you pictures of the inside electronics, never been touched. Even in Japan, prices are double of what they were 2 years ago due to collector interest all over the world.
This is the first change to the shape. The original hardware is in excellent order and working fine. The older ones with the same headstock shape as Fenders go for considerably more than later models that had changed headstocks. Then, in the early 1980s, Fender became interested in producing and marketing instruments which would be viewed as alternatives to those offered by Gibson. This is the desirable L serial number. Burny Today As mentioned, Burny is still making these guitars in Japan. Big headstock with The now collectors Logo on the headstock ,bullet truss rod, 3 bolt neckplate, original tuners and bridge, all original Fernandes pickups.
It is not local so I asked the seller where it was built and for the serial number. If youre reading this then i guess you already know how good these are. He tells me that Fernandes used stickers and that he has no way to find out where and when it was made. My old guitarist played one. These are getting harder to find and are already collectors. The shapes remain Fender clones. The Tokai's were that good even the late great Stevie Ray Vaughan endorsed Tokai.