Up for sale, a 1970s Fernandes MA-55 neck-through vintage Superstrat in exceptional, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. This rare and early Fernandes was produced in the late ‘70s at the Matsumoku factory.
The tonewood complement includes five-ply maple and mahogany through-neck construction with sen ash wings and a slab rosewood fretboard, delivering ample sustain, punch and articulation. The acoustic qualities of the instrument are translated faithfully by the trio of single coil pickups, which have plenty of bite while remaining sweet and round with a strong midrange and tight low end. The tonal breadth and flexibility of this model is remarkable, with individual three-way On/Off/Phase mini toggles for each pickup. This Fernandes weighs 8lbs 4oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action and accurate intonation.
The five-ply neck has a chunky C-shaped profile carve with round shoulders and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .870” at the 1st fret and .995” at the 12th. The thick slab rosewood fretboard features pearloid dot inlays and medium fretwire which is in exceptional condition with well-rounded crowns, showing only very light wear on frets 1-2. This Fernandes plays comfortably up the 25 1/2" scale with a straight neck and responsive, optimally-adjusted truss rod. The nut measures 1.650” in width. The lightly ambered headstock has an “Ishi” (stone) Fernandes logo, and the Kluson-style tuners turn smoothly and hold accurate pitch.
All the electronics work as they should, with the original gray bobbin pickups wired to the trio of On/Off/Phase switches and Master Volume and Tone controls. The pickups all meter in the 5.8k ohms range. Hardware includes the Strat-style vibrato and domed, knurled knobs, all of which display a light dusting of surface patina. The Natural gloss finish shows sparingly little wear, limited to a scant few dings and light finish scratches on the body as a whole. The smooth gloss finish on the neck profile is immaculate.
A Fernandes-branded gigbag is included.