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1981 Fernandes The Revival RPB-50 P Bass 1950s-Spec Sunburst, Japan


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Up for sale, a 1981 Fernandes The Revival series RPB-50 bass in excellent, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. Crafted by the Electric Sound Research Group under the Fernandes banner, The Revival series instruments were produced from 1981-89, faithfully capturing the finer points of golden age USA-made instruments.

This RPB-50 is designed to capture the look and feel of a 1957 P Bass, with vintage spec long stem tuners, spiral bridge saddles and dome-topped knurled knobs. Tonewoods include an alder body and a one-piece maple neck. The L-500D split-coil pickup delivers plenty of thump and rich treble growl, with a particularly punchy midrange presence, and the signal gets particularly broad with the Tone knob rolled back to taste. Weighing 8lbs 9oz, this RPB-50 bass has been professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 45-100 roundwound strings, easy-playing action, and spot-on intonation.

Neck Specs:

-Wood: Maple
-Shape: Medium U, full shoulders, measuring .845” 1st fret, .990” 12th fret
-Fretboard: Maple
-Frets: Slender, light wear on frets 1-8
-Scale Length: 34”
-Nut: 1 5/8”
-Tuners: Long-stem, clover button, full-size baseplates
-Headstock: “The Revival” logo, vintage accurate third strap button

Body Specs:

-Wood: Alder
-Pickups: L-500D split-coil
-Harness: Untouched solder, full-size Japanese pots date to August, 1981
-Hardware: Bridge base with spiral (threaded) saddles, dome-topped knurled knobs
-Plastics: Aged one-ply pickguard, thumb rest

Cosmetic wear on the gloss Original Sunburst (two-tone) finish includes scuffing on the bass side of the pick path, buckle rash central to the back, and a number of minor dings and finish scratches on the body as a whole. The neck profile retains its smooth ambered gloss.

The original faux leather padded gigbag is included.