1990's Fernandes Japan LE-1 Stratocaster & new Hard Case
Good example of a Japanese Fernandes from the early 90's in Fiesta red
Regular visitors to my site will recognise this guitar as one that has been here before. Yes, you're right. It was the subject of a recent unfortunate Ebay experience, not to be repeated!
The guitar is lovely and an excellent example of Japanese guitar building. A lovely strat copy. Excellent neck which is smooth to play & with Gotoh tuners. All wood body. 3 x Fernandes Japan single coil pickups giving it a great sound
Guitar: Fernandes LE-1
Mfg. Year: 1990 (Est)
Country : Japan
Fret Wear: 8/10
Weight: 7 lbs. 14 oz.
Neck Profile: Medium C
Neck Width at Nut: 42mm.
12th Fret: 52mm.
Body: Alder (Not 100% sure this is correct however it is definitely all wood)
Neck: Maple with rosewood fretboard
Finish Type: Poly
Pickups : Fernandes LE-1 Ceramic Pickups
The guitar is in overall very good condition & all original apart from a trem arm which looks slightly newer than the rest of the plastic parts
There are a couple of tiny dings and a few indents around the body but overall it's really good & consistent with it's age
There is a tiny paint/lacquer crack in the neck pocket. This occurred during shipping & was really annoying, however, it is not unusual to see this on Strats & other "bolt on neck" guitars
The back is in pretty good nick too. No bucklerash. One or two very small dents
All the wiring was untouched since it left the factory. I noted the pickup ratings which are consistent with "vintage" style pickups
The guitar plays really nicely & the pickups sound just great. I certainly wouldn't change them ! Fernandes guitars have long had a great reputation. They also own the "Burny" name. Nowadays, I think most of their production is in other far eastern countries but this is most definitely Japanese
Trying to establish an age & model of guitar meant trawling through Fernandes catalogues for the past 20 years. Anyway, in the end I was able to find out that with this shape headstock, solid paint & upgraded GOTOH tuners, these models were called LE-1 & built in the 1990's. I think it's like a '62 reissue F*ender with the headstock shape, the trussrod adjustment at the heel & the 11 hole 3 ply pickguard
To sum up, an excellent example of the Fernandes LE-1 from Japan. It comes with a basic hardcase but if you would like to upgrade that to a vintage tweed style one, it's just an extra £5. Message me for details.