Fernandes TEJ-55G Black 1992
Fernandes TEJ-55G, made in Japan around 1992, gloss black. Sure, you've got a 'superstrat', but what about a 'turbotele'? Local Japan favourites Fernandes have boldly added a smooth two point tremolo bridge, pointy angled headstock and a H/S pickup setup to the classic T shape. It works really dang well. The neck pickup tone is a hi-fi, crisp and thick take on the Strat-spank; it's got what many T style guitars are missing in terms of heft and eloquence. The bridge pickup is an angry, moderately hot humbucker with a heap of growling mids and natural compression; it's perfect into a scungy tube amp. The neck is a sensible halfway point between a tradition round 60s style C profile and a shred-friendly flatter shape; it's intuitive and easy to play without feeling too vintage or too metal. The bound black finish and worn gold hardware combo is super cool; it looks very slick. I grab these whenever I get half a chance, and they seldom last long in the shop... long live the turbo-T!
Model: Fernandes TEJ-55G
Made: Japan, 1992 approx (no serial)
Finish: gloss black, cream binding
Neck: maple with rosewood board, 25.5" scale, 15.75" radius
Pickup: Fernandes VS3 single coil (neck), LH1 humbucker (bridge)
Case: basic non-original gig bag
Cosmetic condition notes: mild finish wear. The headstock has some marks on the end a few scuffs on and dimples on the bottom edge. The neck is clean and smooth in the hands, minor dimples on the back only. The back has widespread light scuffs and dimples, most notably on the elbow area, as well as some minor chips on the bottom edge near the electronics cover, no major marks. The sides have minor dimples and scuffs around the whole body, as well as a couple of chips in the waist area on the top side and some little chips near the jack. The front has no major marks, just a few dimples near the knobs, on the bottom edge near the switch, in the elbow area and behind the bridge and some decent scuffs around the pickups and on the horns. Overall: good condition (7/10).
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.
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