Up for sale, a 1988 Fernandes RB-80 vintage bass guitar in exceptional, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. Considered amongst the upper echelon of Ric copies, this RB-80 was expertly crafted in Japan and is rarely seen outside its country of origin. Staying true to the essential details of the classic 4001 design, this Fernandes features maple neck through body construction, a bound rosewood fretboard with pearl triangle inlay, stereo and mono outputs, and a “toaster” neck position single coil. The all maple neck through design delivers an unmistakable, focused punch, rich sustain and articulate note attack. The bass can sound round and sweet with the neck pickup singled out and the Tone control rolled back to taste, while the bridge pickup has ample midrange cut and growl. This RB-80 weighs 9lbs 15oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 45-100 roundwound strings, comfortable action, and solid intonation.
The maple neck has a medium C shape at the nut with prominent shoulder, filling out with more chunk as you travel up the fretboard, measuring .850” deep at the 1st fret and .920” at the 12th. The bound gloss-finished slab rosewood fretboard features pearl triangle inlays and stock medium jumbo fretwire. The frets offer easy playability in every register, showing just a touch of wear on the crowns of frets 1-3, and virtually no wear further up the fretboard. The bass plays easily up the straight neck with a responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The scale length is a full 34”, and the nut measures 1 11/16“ in width. The lucite, back-painted Fernandes Inc logo/truss rod cover is present in true Ric fashion, and the stock tuners with clover buttons turn smoothly and hold pitch well. A dealer sticker with the date of August 20th, 1989 is present on the back of the headstock.
The stock electronics work as they should with a three-way toggle selector switch, and individual Volume and Tone controls for each pickup, wired to both stereo and mono outputs. The original full-size pots date to 1988. The stock knobs are intact, with one of the metal inserts still present, and the chrome hardware shows moderate surface patina. The bridge is a spitting image of the Ric design, complete with foam mute, and even the strap buttons are the correct smaller ridged bolt variety. The large black pickguard is intact with scuffing mostly relegated to the treble side of the pick path. The clear coat of the White finish has very faintly yellowed, with a couple isolated spots of finish checking in the binding on the bass side of the neck profile, and very minor separation of the binding on the inside edge of the cutaways. Cosmetic wear is limited to a few stray finish chips and scuffs mostly relegated to the body parameter and top edge of the headstock. The neck profile sports a smooth gloss finish.
A gigbag is included.