(SOLD) Fernandes Burny Custom FST-75 Sunburst 1977
Fernandes FST-75, sunburst, made in Japan circa 1977. Fernandes launched in 1969, initially offering flamenco style acoustic guitars, before expanding into electric guitars in the early 70s. They would go on to become one of the biggest guitar brands in Japan to this day. This is a very early example from the brand, and it's in such good shape that it's a cool little slice of history. The FST series was taking cues from the Fender Stratocaster, so this is a fairly close take on the 70s style Strat, although this model has the four-bolt neck joint. It's nicely made: fairly light, resonant and responsive in the hands, with great fret and finish work. The neck is straight and stable and feels great in the hands, and it holds tune nicely. The pickups are in the low-wind 70s genre, so the tone on offer is bright and open with heaps of chime and sparkle. There's a certain depth and vibrance to the sunburst finish too, it looks great. Very cool.
Model: Fernandes Burny Custom FST-75
Made: Japan, 1977 (serial 70605)
Finish: three tone sunburst
Neck: maple with maple board, 25.5" scale, 7.25" radius, very soft V shape
Pickup: Fernandes single coil x3
Case: basic non-original gig bag
Cosmetic condition notes: minor finish wear. The headstock has some dimples on the end and bottom edge. The neck is clean and smooth in the hands, minor rub wear on the edges and back only. The back has some minor scuffs on the horns and bottom side, no major mark. The sides have light scuffs on the top horn and near the jack and some dimples in the elbow area. The front has some dimples near the jack, scuffs in the elbow area and some standard play wear on the guard and horns. Overall: very good condition (8/10).
Playing condition notes: Action is low, neck is straight, intonation is good, truss rod works. The frets are in decent shape with no major buzz issues, 7/10 for fret life left. All electrics tested and working properly. Setup with fresh 10/46 Moonshiners strings.