Fernandes the Revival Black 70s Strat Copy – Another Japanese Beauty

Over the years I have seen the Fernandes brand pop up from time to time and I have often thought that these Japanese made “Law Suit” guitars looked pretty cool.

So recently, I managed to get my hands on a late 80s (possibly early 90s) black on black 70s Fender Stratocaster copy, which we’ll obviously be looking at. So let’s dive in, I’ve got a heap of cool pics for you to checkout, but first off, lets hear how she sounds….

In this first video Darren is playing through an all original USA made 1980s Silverface Fender Twin Reverb. The tube Screamer mentioned in this video, as with the rest of the following videos is the made in Japan TS9DX Turbo Tubescreamer version, the Rat pedal is the USA made version with the LM308 OP chip.


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2009 Epiphone Sheraton II EB – Timeless Class and Versatility

Ahh, the Jazzy Class of the Epiphone Sheraton II EB. Finished in a beautiful glossy black, with awesome headstock inlays. This guitar looks just fantastic on a guitar stand, let alone how she performs when playing the thing!

2009 Epiphone Sheraton in Black

2009 Epiphone Sheraton in Black


1996 Epiphone Sheraton Reissue USA Blond RARE & MINT

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Greco Spacey Sound – The Brazen Picker

Greco Spacey Sound SE450 : Is this Japanese Vintage at its best!

I have mentioned before that I love a nice vintage Japanese Strat clone, or Les Paul, as they made absolute cracker instruments. It is also well noted by many amateurs and experts alike that a lot of these instruments were on par or surpassed the US made gear at the time with their quality workmanship, components, feel and tone.

Okay, before we get to deep into my review, let’s see and hear how she sounds when Darren plays her through a Marshall JCM800…

Marshall JCM800 2203X, 1960A, and 1960B Tube Guitar Full Stack

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2008 Olympic White Made in Mexico Fender Stratocaster – The New and Improved Standard

Although I have probably bought and sold more Fender Stratocasters than any other type of guitar, for some reason I keep coming back to them. I just love them for their warm woody tones, iconic design, versatility and they just feel so damn good to play.

Recently I was lucky enough to purchase a newer model Mexican Strat, and was suitably impressed with it I must say. This particular Made in Mexico Fender Stratocaster that we are looking at today is the 2008 model in an Olympic White finish.

2008 Olympic White Made in Mexico Fender Stratocaster

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The ’62 Re-issue Fender Stratocaster made in Japan

Editors Note: Unfortunately we didn’t get any pics of the actual guitar in review, so to give you all a visual, I grabbed some candy apple red, 62 Re-issue Fender Stratocaster pics off the net.

For some reason, I have owned too many Strats, I just keep coming back to them as they sort of really are a guitar staple, like the Les Paul, the Telecaster and whatever you consider to be a classic!

’62 Re-issue Fender Stratocaster Candy-apple Red

’62 Re-issue Fender Stratocaster Candy-apple Red image courtesy of www.fareastguitars.co.uk

1995 Fender '62 Telecaster TL-62EB Black W/ Hardshell Case

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2001 Limited Edition Epiphone Les Paul with Trans-Black Quilt Top

Here, for your viewing pleasure is an almost mint condition made in Korea, 2001 model Limited Edition Epiphone Les Paul with a Translucent Black burst over a Quilt Maple Top.

2001 Limited Edition Epiphone Les Paul with Trans-Black Quilt Top

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Darren’s Custom Modified MIJ E serial Fender Stratocaster

If you are one of my many YouTube subscribers, you may have noticed by all of my uploads Yesterday that I spent the day doing some videos with Darren. While I was there, Darren gave me one of his CD’s, If you want a free copy, you can grab a download of it by going to his website here… www.dazofoz.com

Anyways, back to the guitar…. So here we are, at Darren’s house shooting some vids of all of the different guitars I have in stock using a Marshall JCM-800, when Darren decides to get his guitar out to see how she sounds through the amp.

Now I’ve got to mention at this point, I’ve only known Darren for about a month or so, and I’ve heard him talk about his MIJ Strat before, and how he’s done a few mods here and there, but I’ve never actually seen it, so when he came walking out from the hall with his Strat hanging from his shoulder I was, to say the least a little surprised by what I saw.

Firstly, let’s check out this video. In it, Darren shares a little story about his guitar and some of the mods his done to it.


Ultra Rare !! Fender Richie Sambora Black Paisley Limited Edition Japan 1996 !!

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The Tokai Silver Star – a True to Spec 70s CBS knockoff

Disclaimer: In this post I refer to Fender and Stratocaster, I want to make it perfectly clear that this guitar is not a Fender, none of the parts are Fender and if Fender come knocking on my door wanting me to re-word anything on this web page then I will do it, no questions asked.

This is my first ever Tokai. It is a beautiful Tokai Silver Star that is in great shape for a vintage Japanese guitar. I am not 100% sure of the date of manufacture, it could be late 79ish or early 80s, but based on the information on the Tokai registry site, because it has the spaghetti logo and the 5 digit serial number it was definitely pre 1982.

In any case it’s a beautiful guitar, it has a good weight to it and plays like a dream.

Let’s have a listen to how she sounds through a Peavey Delta Blues. In the next couple of videos, Darren puts her through her paces.

Peavey Delta Blues amp (custom head)

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2006 Fender Stratocaster 62 ReIssue – CIJ

Here’s a beautiful 2006 crafted in Japan Fender Stratocaster 62 Reissue I picked up some time ago. I was so surprised by the quality of this guitar when I first saw it, this axe plays and sounds so good, and the quality would easily be comparable to a U.S.A model.

There’s a heap of pics in this post, but first lets hear how she sounds, this first video is Darren playing through a Marshall JCM-800…

Fender Stevie Ray Vaughan / Jeff Beck Stratocaster 1989

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2008 Epiphone Les Paul Custom Shop Limited Edition

Here we have a nice, slightly damaged 2008 Epiphone Les Paul Custom Shop Limited Edition, which was made at the Qingdao Plant (Epiphone) in China in June 2008.

First Up lets see and hear how she sounds through a Peavey Delta Blues amp.

Now let’s see how she goes through a Marshall JCM-800

Now for the pics….

Check out the Vintage style burst on the Maple cap. I read on the MyLesPaul forum that the Limited Edition is merely a limited run of a particular color. In any case the vintage orange burst with the typical Custom Gold hardware does look pretty sweet.

2008 Epiphone Les Paul Limited Edition Custom Shop

2008 Epiphone Les Paul Custom Shop Limited Edition

The quality of the Chinese Epiphones in my opinion doesn’t really come up against the Korean made Standards that I have had in the past, but there are some distinct features on this guitar that caught my attention, in particular the triple edge binding.

2008 Epiphone Les Paul Limited Edition Custom Shop binding

2008 Epiphone Les Paul Custom Shop Limited Edition binding

The Mother of Pearl block inlays look to be authentic, not plastic, embedded nicely into a dark rosewood fretboard. The fretwire looks to be medium jumbo.

2008 Epiphone Les Paul Limited Edition Custom Shop Mother of Pearl Inlays

2008 Epiphone Les Paul Custom Shop Limited Edition Mother of Pearl Inlays

The Gold Hardware and the Black plastic knobs and scratch plate really do look impressive with the Burst.

2008 Epiphone Les Paul Limited Edition Custom Shop Body and Neck

2008 Epiphone Les Paul Custom Shop Limited Edition Body and Neck

There is some slight aging on the Gold pickup covers.

2008 Epiphone Les Paul Limited Edition Custom Shop Pickup selector switch

2008 Epiphone Les Paul Custom Shop Limited Edition Pickup selector switct

Although it’s a gloss finish, it doesn’t seem to be a high gloss, the finish kinda looks somewhere between gloss and slightly matte.

2008 Epiphone Les Paul Limited Edition Custom Shop Finish

2008 Epiphone Les Paul Custom Shop Limited Edition Finish

The headstock is typical for the Custom model, Mother of Pearl Custom Logo and Edge binding.

2008 Epiphone Les Paul Limited Edition Custom Shop Headstock

2008 Epiphone Les Paul Custom Shop Limited Edition Headstock

As I mentioned in the opening paragraph, the slight damage is to the binding on both the top and bottom, here are some pics. The lacquer, coating the binding on the top looks to have slightly DE-laminated.

2008 Epiphone Les Paul Limited Edition Custom Shop binding damage

2008 Epiphone Les Paul Custom Shop Limited Edition binding damage

Whereas the damage to the binding on the bottom seems to have happened from being dropped on the edge, causing the binding to be bent slightly. The damage doesn’t seem to affect the integrity of the structure of the guitar in any way. By that I mean the wood hasn’t spit, cracked or chipped.

2008 Epiphone Les Paul Limited Edition Custom Shop binding damage bottom

2008 Epiphone Les Paul Custom Shop Limited Edition binding damage bottom

The neck is a nice slim-ish tapered neck and the wood grain in the back of the body comes through the finish nicely.

2008 Epiphone Les Paul Limited Edition Custom Shop back

2008 Epiphone Les Paul Custom Shop Limited Edition back

It’s a relatively light weight Les Paul, easy to handle and it has a good balanced weight to it.

2008 Epiphone Les Paul Limited Edition Custom Shop back of body

2008 Epiphone Les Paul Custom Shop Limited Edition back of body

The Grover tuners on these Les Paul Customs are great, they feel really strong and sturdy and keep the guitar in tune for ages. In these next pics you can see the serial number and the Epiphone Limited Edition Custom Shop logo, along with the Inspection sticker from the factory in the U.S..

2008 Epiphone Les Paul Limited Edition Custom Shop Grover tuners

2008 Epiphone Les Paul Custom Shop Limited Edition Grover tuners

2008 Epiphone Les Paul Limited Edition Custom Shop logo

2008 Epiphone Les Paul Custom Shop Limited Edition logo

All in all for a made in China instrument it’s a nice guitar, I’d say it would be best suited for a beginner or young student looking for something a bit better than a no-name knock-off, or a spare guitar that you wanted as a backup.

G & L Legacy Tribute Series Electric Guitar

G & L Guitars are an electric guitar company that were started by George Fullerton (the ‘G’ part) and Leo Fender (the ‘L’ part) after selling Fender to CBS in 1980s?? They set out to produce excellent guitars that could rival the flagship Fender Stratocaster/Telecaster and not compromise tone or quality even in their lower cost models.

G & L Legacy Tribute Series Electric Guitar Sunburst

G & L Legacy Tribute Series Electric Guitar Sunburst

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The Godin SD Solid Body Electric Guitar

Editors Note: Unfortunately we didn’t get any pics of the actual guitar in review, so we took some pics from around the web. As a courtesy we have linked the images back to the original source. If you happen to own the images and would like us to remove them from this page contact us and we would be more than happy to comply.

On review today is the Godin SD solid body electric guitar, but before we look at the SD, let’s have a quick look at Godin first, a reputable guitar maker, started by Robert Godin, a Canadian luthier in La Patrie, Quebec nearly 30 years ago.

Robert Godin still is involved in designing their guitars with today’s focus, the “SD” solid body being a popular model since the 1990’s. Now the SD is a fully USA made instrument, made in New Hampshire, using Canadian timbers such as Silver leaf maple for the body, and rock maple for the neck with, in my case a maple fingerboard although you can get rosewood fingerboards as well.

Godin SD Solid body

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The Godin on first appearances seems to be a cross between a Telecaster and a Strat but with a humbucker in the bridge. With it’s nice generous curves it combines the easy feel of a short scale (24¾”) with the added snap of a rock maple neck for great note definition and clarity.

According to technical specs on the Godin website, the short scale reduces string tension, therefore making for easy string bending and apparently fills in the low-frequency response. The neck feels compact (43mm at the nut) and with the diagonal radius carved into the body it is a very comfortable guitar and so easy to play. It fits the body well, and the neck is a joy to get around, although for players with big hands, you may find it a tad thin although not Jackson ‘shredder’ thin but thinner than some old vintage Tele’s or Strats maybe.

Godin SD Rosewood Fretboard

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Mine is a vintage white with a nicely aged and a well used maple neck. The guitar features high quality geared tuners, which (now brace yourself!) stay in tune! Admittedly I don’t do dive-bombs but they definitely are good enough, with 2 steel string trees to keep it all in place.

Godin SD Headstock

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Godin SD Tuners

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Now as for electronics, the Godin SD has Godin-Design pickups: 2x single-coil, 1x Humbucker in bridge which brings in some rumour and gossip. Apparently the Godin is called the SD because it originally had Seymour Duncan pickups in them, with a version of the Custom Custom in the bridge humbucker, which may explain why the pickups sound so good, especially the humbucker. Now do your own research but this seemed quite plausible.

Godin SD Guitar Pick Guard and Pickups

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RRP$2099 GODIN SESSION CUSTOM '59 TRANS CREAM HG ELECTRIC GUITAR MADE IN CANADA

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Before I discuss tone a bit more my background is or has been basically Strats or Teles, as I have always loved the woody mellow tone of single coils, but with a love hate relationship with the bridge pickup. The Godin has the best of both worlds, with a beautiful woody warm neck pickup which I argue is essential for great clean noodling work, nice usable middle pickup and an awesome bridge humbucker.

This pup just loves any overdrive or distortion. It is clear, full but yet articulate and warm, not at all mushy and loves searing leads. Now for cleans it is not bad, but obviously shines on OD tones. The components all seems to be quality USA full spec pots, capacitors and wiring, so no cheapo 2 cent parts here.

In order to make the top a little less cluttered, the jack is side mounted and no top mounted jack plate. Just a Tone and Volume knob to sculpture your sounds (also set further away from the strings so they aren’t hit accidentally). The tone and Volume are both Master controls too, so another great little feature.

Godin SD 24 Neck Joint

Godin SD 24 Neck Joint

With a pretty standard Strat bridge, whammy bar and those lovely in-between tones, you can cover a lot of ground with this guitar. The only thing you notice though with a humbucker, you lose a bit of that in-between mid/bridge position twang, one that Mark Knopfler has used a lot. However definitely a worthy sacrifice for the sensual growl of that humbucker.

So in summary, this guitar is a great Strat/Tele alternative that adds a couple of extra features, extremely well priced for a USA made instrument and in all honesty, a quality fun instrument that is definitely worth buying if you can find one for a good price. I have had top quality USA made Fenders and a Levinson Blade Classic RH4 and I can get as good as a tone out of this as any.

So with great quality timbers for tone, overall quality build, great intonation and tuning stability, climaxing in a great tone (and at about $550 second hand) what is there not to like?

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