(SOLD) Fernandes UJL-2000 Um Jammer Lammy Yellow 2001
Fernandes UJL-2000, yellow, made in Japan 2001. If it looks like a guitar for a cartoon character, that's because... it kinda is. Um Jammer Lammy is a Playstation game, released in 1999, as a follow-up/spin-off from the popular rhythm based game PaRappa the Rapper. It is a bit of a cult favourite in Japan, and was a big enough deal to crossover from the digital space into real life with a limited model guitar by Japanese gutiar quirklords Fernandes. The guitar is based off the cartoon guitar played by heroine Lammy in the game, the shy, left handed guitar-toting lamb, who navigates a series of increasingly bizarre challenges (including dying and going to hell!?) by applying rhythmic guitar techniques to various other objects and scenarios. The plot is a laugh (see here) and worth a read. But, is it a good guitar? In typical Japanese fashion, it really is. The short 24" scale is similar to a Mustang, although the body shape feels closer to a Les Paul Junior. It's got sturdy hardware and holds tune well, and the neck is pretty quick and easy to get around. The pickups are juicy P-90 style single coils, so it's got heaps of punch and body to the attack, naturally short sustain, zesty high end and plenty of midrange heft. It's great with a fuzz pedal or doing nasty punk stuff, it suits an angular type of aesthetic. The colours and curves are pretty kooky, but it definitely has a fun look to it. These are pretty rare even in Japan, so when I saw this one pop up, my curiosity got the best of me and I had to grab it. Life is a weird and wonderful thing.
Model: Fernandes UJL-2000 Um Jammer Lammy
Made: Japan, 2001
Serial: no serial, date codes 010308 (neck) and 010315 (body)
Finish: yellow, satin poly
Body: basswoood (unverified)
Neck: maple, rosewood board, 24" scale, 15.75" radius, 43mm nut, slim/moderate D shape
Pickups: Fernandes FP-100 soapbar single coil x3
Accessories: basic gig bag
Cosmetic Condition Notes: The headstock has some scuffs on the end and a sticker scuff on the back. The neck is clean and smooth in the hands, minor dimples on the back only. The back has minor dimples around the neck join and cavity cover, as well as some light scuffs around the ferrules and elbow area. The sides have dimples in the elbow area, near the jack and on the bottom horn. The front has dimples in the elbow area, back edge, near the knobs and some 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. All electronics tested and working properly. Wearing fresh 10/52 Moonshiners strings.
Fret Life: 9/10, minor wear only