Fernandes JGS65S Pearl Blue 1999
Fernandes JG65S, pearl blue, made in Taiwan 1999. This is so cool. Fernandes guitars have done very well in Japan for several decades now; they're an innovative company with a great history. This features one of their signature innovations: the Sustainer pickup. Basically, the neck pickup uses an electromagnet to feed more movement back to the strings when activated via the switch, so you get endless sustain and easy feedback. It's a lot of fun to play; there's a whole heap of big crunchy tones on deck with or without the Sustainer engaged. This has the classic Jag/JM style shape, but unlike the vintage style Fenders, it's got a sensible Strat-type two point tremolo bridge, easy 3-way electronics and slim neck with a fairly flat radius; perfect for faster playing and vey comfy. The finish was originally a pearlescent royal blue, but a couple of decades on the clock have seen it yellow to a terrific oceanic deep turquoise. The yellowing and fading isn't quite even, so it has a lovely rich depth to it and pops perfectly against the cream pearl guard and pickups. There's a lot to love here; it's a quick playing, lightweight, beefy sounding partystarter in a gorgeous slick shape.
Model: Fernandes JGS65S
Made: Taiwan, 1999 (no serial)
Finish: pearl blue (PBU), 3-ply white pearl guard
Neck: maple with rosewood board, 25.5" scale, 13.75" radius
Mods: tone pot bypassed
Pickup: Fernandes HPD100 (bridge), FV3010 w/ Sustainer Lite (neck)
Case: basic gig bag
Cosmetic condition notes: minor finish wear. Headstock has some minor dimples on the end. Neck is clean and smooth in the hands, minor dimples on the back only. The back has a couple of light scuffs and dimples on the top horn, neck joint and back and bottom edges; nothing big or nasty. The sides have a little chip on the top horn, dimples on the shoulder and some light scuffs near the jack. The front is pretty tidy, just some dimples on the back edge and shoulder and some play wear on the guard and top horn. Overall: very good condition (8/10).
Playing condition notes: Action is low, neck is straight, intonation is good, truss rod works. Frets have almost no wear, 9/10 for fret life left. All electrics tested and working properly. Setup with fresh 11/49 Moonshiners strings.