Price paid: $ 366
Sound — 8
Well id say it woukd suit pretty much all styles of music, I mainly play rock and metal (metallica, pantera, billy talent etc) but also do clean stuff too, and it can handle all that. The range that the pickups can give is very impressive, the single coils giving a Fender like clean to the humbucker giving a nice broad sound, which twins up with some distortion very nicely, but the pickups arent exactly a set of seymour duncans or EMG actives, but they are still impressive. I use a Boss MT-2 disto pedal and have a couple of lil practice amps, and this works nicely with them both, giving me the ability to produce a wide range of sounds and styles, which with a lil fiddlin are great.
Overall Impression — 10
Id buy it again if it were stolen, what i like most is its simplicity, but thats maybe cause I own an Ibanez with full locking trem etc aswell. I think the pickups could be better as standard, but they are by no means bad. like i said before,even if you've never heard of Fernandes(like me) dont be bothered by it, they are solid, reasonably priced and great players with a pro setup.
Reliability & Durability — 8
Id say this guitar is solid, although im not so sure about the finish, I've managed to take a big chunk out of it not knowing how, but it is likely to be my fault so. Strap buttons are Standard Strat sytle, so i would invest in some locking ones to prevent your guitar fallin off you at a crucial moment in time. Id trust this guitar, its simple, solid,easily re-tuned and a dam good guitar, even if you've never heard of it before.
Action, Fit & Finish — 8
I got mine second hand, so it had a couple of chips out of the finish, but I want particularly bothered, is a nice looking guitar, if a little unbalanced as the neck drops when just standing, but its not major. The action was a little high and I've adjusted the pickups,but when do you really get a perfectly set up guitar? So nothing bad there really. Good quality all round.
Features — 10
Dont know year it was made, but im guessin its probably japenese, check the Fernandes site or something. Bolt on 24 fret maple neck with rosewood fretboard, solid body alder with laminated top, with a rather nice design a may add. Has two single coils and 1 humbuker on the bridge(Fernandes made), 5 way pickup selector and 1 tone and one volume control. Through body, not sure about the type of bridge, but its standard screw on, no fancy trems or owt. Nice an simple.