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1970s Fernandes Burny Bass FJB Vintage Jazz Bass Guitar Natural Maple Body w/ Case, Japan


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Up for sale, a 1970's Fernandes Burny Bass FJB model in 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case. Made in Japan and rarely seen outside its country of origin, this Burny Bass was produced in the mid ‘70s, designed to replicate the look and tonal properties of Fender’s Jazz Bass model of the same era. With a solid maple body and bound maple neck with pearl block inlay, this bass has a focused, punchy sound with excellent note attack. The pickups deliver tailored, powerful low end and upper midrange burp, accentuated by the inherent articulation and note attack of the maple construction and roundwound 45-100 strings. And with the Tone knob rolled back to taste, there is plenty of smooth, broad thump on tap too. Weighing a hefty 11lbs 14oz, this bass has been professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with comfortable action and accurate intonation.

The solid one-piece maple neck has a medium U-shaped profile at the nut, filling out with more shoulder and depth in the higher registers of the fretboard, measuring .850” deep at the 1st fret and 1.035” at the 12th. The bound maple fretboard features pearloid block inlay and stock medium jumbo fretwire. The frets have good height and meat, showing virtually no wear, and the bass plays easily up the straight neck with an ideally adjusted truss rod. The instrument adheres to traditional Fender-centric specs with a 1 1/2" nut width and full 34" scale length. The headstock features a Fernandes logo with large block "Burny Bass" text, as well as a Fender-esque headstock shape, something only available on Fernandes' earlier models. The tuners feature vintage-correct full-size baseplates and clover buttons that turn smoothly, showing uniform surface patina.

On the body, the stock electronics work as they should with individual Volume controls for each pickup and a Master Tone control. All of the original chrome-plated hardware is intact, including the control plate, four-bolt neck plate, and bridge with barrel saddles. The original Natural gloss finish highlights a speckllng of birdseye figuring up the neck profile and across the rear bass-side portion of the body. Cosmetic wear on the body is limited to some requisite scuffing in the pick path, with light marks along the lower bout body edge, faint scuffs on the back, and some localized finish scratches at the treble-side waist. The gloss on the neck profile is smooth to the palm, with a small finish chip on the bass side shoulder next to fret 3, and a small line of finish checking behind frets 1-2, but nothing distracting to the palm while fretting.

The original black tolex hardshell case is included.