Up for sale, a 1970's Fernandes fretless P-Bass model FPB-70 VBS-FL in excellent condition and in perfect working order. Crafted in Japan, this bass has Fernandes' distinctive stone logo, used from 1977-80 and signifying a shift from Kawai to Tokai, in terms of who was producing the Fernandes brand.
A higher tiered model with a rare factory fretless maple board, this Fernandes has the visual trappings of a '70s Fender Precision bass, yet the solid silver heart body has a particularly thick and full tone with a smooth upper midrange "wah" when paired with the articulation and attack of the maple board. Weighing 9lbs 14oz, the bass offers the traditional round and broad sound of the split coil P Bass pickup, with a smooth tonal character accentuated by a set of D'addario Chromes flatwound 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 full C shape with lots of shoulder and roundness, measuring .930" deep at the nut and 1.025" at the octave. The fretboard shows wear beneath the strings through the gloss, particularly on the G, and there are just few small nicks on the profile behind “frets” 2-4. The bass features a full 34" scale, and the nut measures 1 5/8" in width. The headstock has Fernandes' stone logo on the face, and the original chrome clover button tuners turn smoothly.
The silver heart body features stock electronics and hardware with patina across the domed knurled knobs and four-saddle bridge. The pickguard is a dark, swirling tortoise material, accenting the warm ambered gloss Sunburst finish. Cosmetic wear includes very light buckle rash central to the back and a few additional small nicks and marks on the back and body edges, particularly the bass side lower bout where the forearm crosses the top. There is pick scuffing across the guard with a few light marks on the bass side body horn.