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1980s Fernandes The Revival RJB-55 '64 Model Vintage Jazz Bass Black Japan


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Up for sale, a 1980's Fernandes The Revival “Special Hand Electric Bass” RJB-55 ‘64 model in 100% original condition and in perfect working order. Made exclusively for the Japanese domestic market, the Revival series was available between 1981-1989. Designed to replicate the look and tonal properties of Fender's pioneering '60s Jazz Bass model, this RJB-55 ‘64 model has a traditional tone wood profile with an alder body, maple neck, and slab rosewood fretboard. The bass offers a smooth acoustic tone with a tight, round low end, healthy projection, and great clarity across all strings. Plugged in, the sound is bold and defined in the bass register, with an upper midrange burp and good top end articulation, accentuated by fresh 45-100 roundwound strings. This Fernandes RJB-55 weighs 9lbs 3oz and has been professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with low action and spot-on intonation.

The solid one-piece maple neck has a slender C shaped profile at the nut, filling out with more shoulder and depth in the higher registers of the fretboard, measuring .825” deep at the 1st fret and .980” at the 12th. The thick slab rosewood fretboard features dot inlay and original slender, vintage-style fretwire. The frets are extremely clean, retaining their full factory height and well-rounded crowns, showing just a hint of uniform wear on the crowns of frets 1-2 and virtually no wear further up the board. The bass plays easily up the straight neck with an ideally adjusted truss rod, and the instrument adheres to traditional Fender-centric specs with a 1 1/2" nut width, full 34" scale, and 7 1/4" fretboard radius. On the headstock, the original nickel-plated clover button tuners turn smoothly and hold pitch well. The peghead sports a Fernandes The Revival decal with smaller "Special Hand Electric Bass” and "Offset Contour Body" text, as well as a Fender-esque headstock shape, something only available on Fernandes' earlier models.

All of the electronics function as intended, with stock pickups and a traditional Jazz Bass control array with individual pickup Volumes and a Master Tone control. The chrome hardware has light surface patina, and the original knob set is intact. The stock three-ply white pickguard has lightly aged, as evidenced by a couple faint tanlines of previously removed stickers on the guard. Cosmetic wear is limited to a bit of scuffing in the pick path and some minor expected scratches and marks on the body. The majority of wear is relegated to the lower bout body edge, with two touched up finish chips. There is a tiny ding at the treble side edge of the fretboard at fret 18, while the remainder of the fretboard is unscathed. The neck profile is smooth, glossy, and pristine, and the original Fernandes factory serial number sticker is still present on the back of the headstock.