NBD - Crusty Fernandes content

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by chadface, Jun 14, 2019.

  1. This popped up locally. I'm still not sure why but I bought it for $30

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    The output jack is loose and takes some fiddling to work. None of the pots seem to do anything but it doesn't sound half bad. I only played with it a couple of minutes though.

    Any ideas on year and model?
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  2. Gunga Din

    Gunga Din

    Jun 22, 2018
    Blow-torch relicing?

    Looks early '00s. I have PDFs of Fernandes catalogues somewhere and will have a look.
  3. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    Vestal, NY
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
    I'd rock it.
  4. Gunga Din

    Gunga Din

    Jun 22, 2018
    Pretty sure the back end has been routed out.
  5. JvJazz83


    Aug 6, 2017
    That would be an excellent starting point for a "Rat-rod" relic job. ;):D:bassist::bassist:
  6. chris_b


    Jun 2, 2007
    For $30 how bad can it be?

    As long as the neck is straight and the intonation is good everything else can be fixed.
  7. Bass V

    Bass V

    Dec 11, 2008
    Honolulu, Hawaii
    there's at least $30 worth of tall tales in that bass' history we'll never get to enjoy. make new ones
  8. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Inactive

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    Nah. They make 'em bone stock like that.
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  9. Nashrakh


    Aug 16, 2008
    Hamburg, Germany

    As long as the neck's okay, the rest can be fixed. Especially electronics. In the end, it's just a bunch of wires cobbled together (in the same way the internet is a series of tubes).

    Deal with the dents, give it a new paintjob, it's good as new. Or is it?
  10. Heck I've spent more on dates that ended worse than that bass looks. I'd pick that up for $30 any day of the week
  11. sears

    sears Supporting Member

    Aug 7, 2005
    ec, md
    funny how pristine the serial number sticker is, compared
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  12. Fernandes makes great basses. Well worth it, plus it has 24 frets!
  13. JRA

    JRA my words = opinion Gold Supporting Member

    another cool find. you may have some work to do, but it looks like you found a neat piece to fix up and play! congratulations on your new instrument! :thumbsup:
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  14. Clark W

    Clark W Just Say No To Tort! Supporting Member

    Aug 26, 2018
    Time for a EMG GZR P/J pup set!
  15. dBChad


    Aug 17, 2018
    Tavares, FL
    The Body shape is their Tremor model, but I'm not sure enough about the features to tell you what trim it is (X, studio, deluxe, etc.)

    Congrats on the new bass! Got a lot of cool factor.:thumbsup::cool:
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  16. Rabidhamster


    Jan 15, 2014
    Awesome good score!

    We’re it me; I’d ditch the pots and pickups and install EMGs. In fact I did just that with my own Fernandez bass.

    Looks cool to me, I say clean it up and leave it as is. Has a cool look
  17. groovaholic

    groovaholic Protect your hearing. Supporting Member

    Sep 19, 2004
    Mount Prospect, IL
    I'd be fully disassembling it, then hitting the body with a palm sander so that I didn't risk a tetanus infection every time I played it. Maybe put stain on it, maybe leave it raw...

    All metal parts would pend the night in a bowl of Windex, then get scrubbed with an old toothbrush, dried, and oiled.

    Pots sound like a lost cause, but the pickups might be salvageable...

    I think with some elbow-grease and another $30 investment, it could be a good bass for those dodgy gigs where you don't want to bring your nice bass...
  18. gidbass

    gidbass Supporting Member

    Aug 5, 2009
    I have to admit, I dig the body shape. I also like project basses. $30 is worth the risk...;)

    Good Luck!
  19. StringslamDan


    Nov 18, 2012
    I think you may have just found the "Best bass for metal" that everyone's been looking for!
  20. Thank you.

    The tremor shape matches but not the pups.
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