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1970s Fernandes Power Bass P-Style Sunburst w/ Maple Body & 1 1/2" Nut, Japan


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Up for sale, a 1970's Fernandes Power Bass in excellent, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. Crafted in Japan, this bass has the visual trappings of a '70s Fender Precision bass, yet the solid *maple* body and one-piece maple neck offer a distinctive tonal profile with a 1 1/2" nut width that is uncharacteristically slender for a P Bass. Weighing 11lbs 1oz and sustaining well, the bass has the clear note attack and clarity of maple, with ample top end balancing out the traditional round and broad sound of the split coil P Bass pickup. Strung with 45-100 roundwound strings, we've had this Fernandes professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with comfortable action and spot-on intonation.

The maple neck has a medium C shape with nicely rounded shoulders and light palm wear through the gloss along the treble side fretboard edge. The profile measures .840" deep at the 1st fret and .980" at the 12th. Paradoxically, the neck demonstrates both ways that a truss rod would typically be installed, with a walnut “skunk stripe” on the back as well as a slab maple cap. The original medium jumbo frets have their full height with well rounded crowns, showing virtually no wear. The bass has a full 34" scale, and the nut measures a slender 1 1/2" in width, a feature typically associated with a Jazz Bass. The headstock features a block Fernandes logo reminiscent of Fender's '70s font, and the original chrome clover button tuners turn smoothly.

The maple body features stock electronics, with the standard Volume and Tone controls for the split coil pickup. The knurled knobs show wear through the chrome plating, while the bridge base is notably cleaner chrome, along with the four-bolt neck plate. There is prominent pick scuffing across the strum path, with lighter finish scratches and marks mostly relegated to the back of the body. The neck profile sports a pristine smooth gloss finish.

A Fernandes-branded gigbag is included.