Dating fernandes guitars by headstock shape logo
The Gibson bell-shaped covers are found on1970’s to early 1980’s models.
The bell-shape cover with a thin white band and ridges sticking out from the side are foundon mid-1980s to early 1990’s models.
The pickups Burny and Fernandes made for their Fender and Gibson clones are highly-regarded as some of the bestvintage replica pickups.
Fernandes used L-5000, L-5000 Vintage II, and L-5001 single coil pickups in their Fender-styleguitars, while the Burny models were fitted with the now famous VH-1 pickups that have extraordinary tone.
I later bought an electric guitar, an American-made Stratocaster clone. Besides, I had been brought up listening to George Formby on the banjo ukulele (or banjolele), and a bit of Cliff Edwards, so it was in my blood, more or less.
Last Spring, Susan gave me a beautiful blue Takamine 540C. Blue because of my affinity for Wallace Stevens' famous poem. In the intervening month or so between order and arrival, I decided I could learn some ukulele because I read they're tuned similarly.
Fernandes is the parent company that made most of the company's Fender replica guitars under its own Fernandes name.
Burny is the brand name or division that focused on the making of Gibson replica guitars.
You'll pay more for a Japanese model, but you're going to get better wood and craftsmanship in most cases.
You really need to trust a seller and ask lots of questions about the craftsmanship (ask to see a photo of the neck pickupwell and also ask what the model number of the guitar is)... I am still gathering information about how to determine Japanese-made vs.domestic models have a certain pride of quality and materials, while the Chinese models typically don't.