Dating fernandes guitars by headstock shape amp logo
At the headstock the neck was really quite thin, not in thickness but in width, which I kinda found hard to get used to at first, but once I got used to it, I found it to be a really comfortable neck.This guitar would be perfect for someone with small hands.In the late 1970s and early 1980s Fender was facing competition from lower priced Japanese made guitars.The higher priced Fender guitars were made in the United States and could not compete with the lower prices of Japanese made Fender copies.The Fernandes parent company () also make Gibson copies under the Burny brand name.For more information about Fernandes, there is a really useful article on the website…I have owned both Tokai and Greco and Fernandes are every bit as good as either of those, but for some reason they don’t seem to have the reputation or status that the others enjoy.The chrome bridge and saddles are solid, I’m not sure how much of the sound would be improved by the solid bridge saddles but I kinda like em any way.
Jerome Bonaparte Squier, a young English immigrant who arrived in Battle Creek, Michigan, in the latter part of the 19th century, was a farmer and shoemaker who had learned the fine European art of violin making. Victor Squier started making his own hand-wound violin strings, and the business grew so quickly that he and his employees improvised a dramatic production increase by converting a treadle sewing machine into a string winder capable of producing 1,000 uniformly high-quality strings per day.Unlike a lot of Fender guitars with a poly coat, these early 80s Jap copies seem to have a very thin poly coating, and although it doesn’t wear like a nitro finish you can see in this next pic that the finish is definitely wearing around the edge of the bodies contour. It was established in 1890 by Victor Carroll Squier in Battle Creek, Michigan. By 1975, Squier became defunct as a manufacturer and a brand name for strings, as Fender opted to market its strings under the Fender brand name.The solid steel blocks used in the bridges in a lot of these older Jap copies are so heavy and seem to be a much better block than the cast alloy ones that you find on the current or later model Fenders.I can’t comment on what the blocks were like on a real vintage Fender as I have never owned one, every Fender guitar I have owned or seen has had a cast alloy block.Further negotiations between Fender and Japanese guitar factories took place.