subtitle: What kind of 5 string can you get for under $300 delivered to your door? - alder body (I could only find one seam but suspect it's 3 pieces) - maple neck/rosewood board - single coil pickups - vol/vol/blend controls (????) The pic is the stock one from the Fernandes website. My digicam's rechargeables were dead this morning so pics of mine will have to wait. The neck: This is the reason I bought it, really. It's super narrow, 1-5/8" wide at the nut. I'm a person who likes narrow/skinny necks (G&L #6 - 1.5" wide at the nut, 7-1/2" fretboard radius, slim - is my favorite). Even a slim front-to-back 4 string neck 1.75" wide at the nut is too big. 1-5/8" (1.625") nut width necks can work, depends on the actual neck (I've had 4s and 8s with that width that were doable). It's maple, looks OK, nice and slim front-to-back. Satin finish which I like. On a first-glance basis the fretwork seems decent. the body: a decent slab of alder. I could only find one definite joint but suspect there are 3 pieces (if not more) in there. I intentionally chose sunburst (over the other option, black) so I could see the wood (and hoped that better looking wood was used because it was visible). Contoured. hardware: Well, it's got a bridge and tuners. Nothing particularly exciting. I may replace either or both depending on what I think of them after I get more use with it. A massive string retainer for all 5. electronics: A pair of passive single coils. They've got some growl to them. I need to work on the height/tilt adjustment to bring out some more of the upper strings. They pick up the B well enough. I'm a little confused on the controls. The "manual" claims vol-vol-blend for the controls. I suspect vol-vol-tone but want to open up the control cavity to check. The pots don't feel so hot so I suspect the first actual change will be those. Overall: The sound is good, very jazz-like (what a surprise). The overall feel is good and it came with the action set lower than I'll probably leave it. The strings are steel (uck - turn my fingers black). It balances well on a strap and isn't overly heavy (maybe a little heavier than my alder bodied G&L SB-2). String spacing at the bridge seemed to measure out to ~23/32 as best I could tell from my tape measure, so a bit tight. The B seems reasonably tight, not a ton worse than the E, definitely usable for me with a reasonable action (but I'm a med-high action guy anyway). I'm happy with the quality, particularly for the price, and worry that if I like the 5 it may become my #1 - because I'm not aware of any other 5s with that narrow a neck. I'm not saying it's as nice as my US G&Ls but it's a very good value for the buck. So if you need a very narrow necked 5 and don't want to spend a lot this is definitely worth the money. Oh yeah, it is MIC (made in China). more to follow as I have more time with it (and charged batteries for the camera) . . .