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Old 09-17-2013, 12:02 AM   #1
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Not many issues with this one- literally just some hardware that could use a cleaning and a couple of dings like this:



But this baby is in great condition otherwise.

Its a Fernandes Ravelle Goldtop Limited, my second Ravelle. From what I understand, only about 72 of these were made. As you can see from the photos, its a nice warm gold with just a hint of metal flake for sparkle.

It has a thick, solid contoured mahogany body and set neck, a maple top, and a 22-fret rosewood fingerboard. There's a Seymour Duncan JB humbucker in bridge and a Seymour Duncan '59 humbucker in neck- one of my favorite SD pickups. Anyone who has played with a JB or '59 in a mahogany bodied guitar knows what this means: lots of beefy rock tones perfect for heavier classic rock, but also some nice creamy cleans if you play with your tone knob.

The Ravelle is obviously evolved from the venerable Les Paul design, and as such, shares some of its characteristics. For instance, its heavy, but that mass turns into an eternity of sustain. I only have one guitar that beats it: my other Ravelle...but it cheats, because it is an Elite with a Sustainer pickup!

Unlike LPs, though, Ravelle necks are on the skinnier side. Too bad I'm no shredder! Still, it is quite comfy to play on.

Like I said, this is my second Fernandes Ravelle, and I love them. Great guitars! In fact, I'm looking at getting a third one- the SHIN Koi version. But that will have to wait a bit. I have some other beauties in my sight...

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Old 09-17-2013, 12:04 AM   #2
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That looks killer, Danny. I love the look of the neck! HNGD!
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Old 09-17-2013, 12:10 AM   #3
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You can't go wrong with a JB/59 combo in a maho guitar. I love em for metal too.

That shape is ultra-sexy..would buy.
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Old 09-17-2013, 12:21 AM   #4
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Old 09-17-2013, 12:52 AM   #5
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Man, I wish I could buy as many guitars as you Danny.




HNGD. Lovely Fernandez.
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Old 09-17-2013, 12:53 AM   #6
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That shape is ultra-sexy..would buy.

[ ]Really?

There are lots on eBay...MUA-HA-HA-HA-HAAAAAA![/ ]

http://www.ebay.com/sch/Electric-/3...ravelle&_sop=15
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Old 09-17-2013, 01:21 AM   #7
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Anyway, thanks for all the compliments. Although most of my guitars are natural or traditional colors, this is my second gold guitar this year. The other was a Reverend Flatroc...and but for someone beating me to the punch, I'd have been looking forward to another goldie later this year- a used Reverend Manta Ray HB that looked to be in excellent shape.

Maybe I'm becoming a golden axe junkie.

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Old 09-17-2013, 01:21 AM   #8
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Very nice. I think I'm getting away from the conventional LP and SG shapes, because they look great but don't feel comfortable to me. A modified LP-shaped guitar is more interesting.

Still, other things on the GAS list! I did discover that Fernandes has some MIJ telecasters they make. Time to expand the gas list yet again...

Anyway, great find! I have a JB/59 set in my Viper 1000, sounds very nice.
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Still, other things on the GAS list! I did discover that Fernandes has some MIJ telecasters they make. Time to expand the gas list yet again...


One thing about Fernandes in general: they tend towards hotter pickups, so if you're looking for a traditional Strat or Tele sound, there may only be 1-2 models out of all their guitars that would actually deliver it.

For instance, if you look at the Retrorockets, they're clearly based on Strats...but some have stacked Hot Rails, some have EMGs. Only a couple have traditional single coils.

So check the specs on those MiJ Fernandes Teles very carefully!
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Been looking at the TE-2, actually. It looks pretty traditional, but it'll have to compete on my gas list with G&L Tribute and Peavey, haha.
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Man, I wish I could buy as many guitars as you Danny.


The secret: no GF, wife or kids- just my doggies & my hobbies.
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Been looking at the TE-2, actually. It looks pretty traditional, but it'll have to compete on my gas list with G&L Tribute and Peavey, haha.

http://www.wildhorseguitars.com.au/...&midparent=1653

http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_odk...te-2&_sacat=619

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Old 09-17-2013, 01:52 AM   #13
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Damn you, Danny!

Very tempting color. I have a feeling that lurking sites like ebay would produce even better deals, although that is a beautiful telecaster.

http://www.guitarcenter.com/In-Stor...533-i3124374.gc

That black tuxedo TE-2 on ebay is competing hard with this Asat as my new favorite GAS tele.

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nice catch Danny.

I wish I had an authorized dealer of theirs around here. I would like to play one. My hunt is still on for something stratty.

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Got one...haven't seen it since I took a trip to Russia in 2005. Its around here somewhere...

Well, that's not entirely true. I see it every once in a while. I keep putting it in a "safe place", then I forget where I stashed it.
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nice catch Danny.

I wish I had an authorized dealer of theirs around here. I would like to play one. My hunt is still on for something stratty.


Thanks!

Actually, there isn't one where I live, either. The Ravelle is one of my "dream guitars": like the Dean Cadillac (my first electric), it is one that captured my mind as soon as I saw some of my favorite guitarists playing it. So I didn't let the lack of availability hinder my acquisition.

The Ravelle Elite was a birthday present I paid half of the price. My parents gave me the rest AND ordered it via the military's Online Exchange. That meant zero tax.

This Goldtop was an eBay purchase- my second ever. I was surprised to get so lucky to find it available AND have the $$$.
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Personally, I think it's gross Looks a cross between a BC Rich Mockingbird and a Gibson Nighthawk. But hey, if it makes you happy and you like it then that's awesome!

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Like the saying goes, different strokes for different folks.

That's why there has been the explosion in different body types over the years. Not everyone likes or feels comfy playing the same stuff. Hell- I love the look of V's and some other "pointy" guitars, but I find them uncomfortable to play. As much as I'd love to have one- I have a couple in mind- any V I would own would essentially be a wall-hanger.

Thanks for being happy for my happiness.
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