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1980s Fernandes Revolver FRB Headless PJ Active Electric Bass Guitar Black Japan


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Up for sale, a 1980's Fernandes Revolver FRB series headless electric bass guitar in excellent condition and in perfect working order. An off-catalog example, this rare Revolver bass features the headless design of the Sidewinder and Tomahawk models (not to mention Steinberger basses from which the Revolver draws its inspiration) with a maple neck, slab rosewood fretboard, and PJ configuration with active F.G.I. pickups. And as a point of conjecture, this bass matches the design specs and body contours for Greco's Fujigen-made headless Device bass as well, making this Fernandes example either a direct competitor, a product of the same factory, or likely both.

The Precision-style pickup is punchy and round, with a slightly aggressive midrange and good treble definition, while the Jazz-style bridge position has a throaty, focused quality. This bass is featherweight at 6lbs 14oz, and has been professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with roundwound 45-100 strings, accurate intonation, and comfortable action.

The maple neck has a slender C shape with modest shoulder and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .850” at the 1st fret and .905” at the 12th. The slab rosewood fretboard features dot inlay and stock medium jumbo fretwire. The frets have good height and meat with well-rounded crowns, showing just a hint of uniform wear on the crowns of frets 1-5, and virtually no wear further up the fretboard. The scale length is 31 3/4” and the nut measures 1 9/16“ in width.

On the body, the stock electronics work as they should, with individual Volume controls for each pickup and a Master Tone control. The bass is tuned via knurled black knobs at the end of the tailpiece, and the sturdy bridge has individual adjustable saddles to dial in height and intonation. The knurled gold control knobs have light wear through the plating, and cosmetic wear includes one chip through the finish on the treble side body horn, a few light marks on the treble side lower bout edge, and a few light scattered scuffs and finish scratches on the body as a whole. A testament to the limited use this bass has seen in previous decades, the original brown factory protective paper is still intact on the rear control cavity cover and battery compartment. The neck profile has a pristine smooth gloss black finish.

The original fitted faux leather gigbag is included.