Fernandes Super Grade Goldtop – ‘A’ Grade Les Paul Clone

Today I am posting about one of my all time favorite guitars, it’s a Fernandes Super Grade Goldtop. As you can see it is obviously a Les Paul clone, which was made in Japan around the early to mid eighties.

Fernandes Super Grade Gold Top


I bought this particular guitar of a good friend of mine who had done a heap of upgrades to it, which we will discuss as we look closely at this superb piece of Japanese workmanship.

Early to mid 80s made in Japan Fernandes Super Grade Gold Top

The guitar itself is in almost mint condition, apart from a couple of minor surface chips in the paint, she has held up very well seeing how it is now a 30 something year old guitar. Ever since I have owned her she has been safely stowed in a hard case only to come out on special occasions.

Fernandes Super Grade Gold Top Les Paul Clone

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As far as I can tell, a lot of these Fernandes Gold Tops came out with the P90 pickups, this guitar hasn’t been modified apart from some upgraded parts. The pickups in it now are Seymour Duncan Seth Lovers. Unfortunately I don’t have the original pickups, but I have read that they sound very good.

Fernandes Super Grade Gold Top with Seymour Duncan Seth Lover pickups.

The Gold Top Hat Knobs are the originals, but the pots have been replaced with a new set of 500k Gotoh’s.

Gold Top Hat Knobs on a Fernandes Super Grade Les Paul Gold Top

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The joinery on the neck joint is perfect, with the edge binding still in great shape with no signs of spiting, cracking or coming loose.

Fernandes Gold Top Super Grade Les Pal Neck Pocket

The fret size is a nice medium jumbo, with nearly zero wear. The trapezoid inlays look stunning in the Rosewood fretboard.

Fernandes Super Grade Gold Top Rosewood Fretboard

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The neck is super straight and the action is perfect for my tastes, not to close to the fret board, but definitely not too high, I love the way this guitar plays. The strings are 10 to 46’s.

Fernandes Super Grade Gold Top, Super Straight Rosewood Fretboard with Medium Jumbo Frets

This next pic looks at the open book headstock, which was what all the trouble was caused over for all of those Japanese guitar manufacturers back in the day!

Fernandes Super Grade Gold Top Open Book Headstock

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The two screw hole truss rod cover looks great, and I much prefer these than the three screw type usually found on the Korean, or Chinese made Epiphones. (apologies on the dust showing up in this next pic, I was sure I gave the guitar a thorough clean before taking any pics, My eyes must be getting really bad…)

Fernandes Super Grade Gold Top Open Book Headstock and Two Screw Truss Rod Cover

The fret edge binding is another excellent touch and a feature usually reserved for high end guitars.

Fret edge binding on a Fernandes Super Grade Gold Top

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As with the top ‘e’ string neck pocket, the Bottom ‘E’ is perfectly joined, with zero gaps that have been filled with either an epoxy or the top layer of finish.

Bottom E neck pocket join on a Fernandes Super Grade Gold Top

The Seth Lover pickups that I installed sound super smooth and still regain a lot of dynamics for hard rockin. The nickle covers are only just starting to show signs of aging.

Fernandes Super Grade Gold Top with Nickle Covered Seth Lovers

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The color of the Gold finish is perfect and it’s not as Yellow as the 1995 Orville Les Paul Gold Top that I had. I much prefer the finish on this Fernandes, it just seems to be a much closer match to a lot of Gibson Gold Tops that I’ve seen.

Fernandes Super Grade Gold Top = Stunning

The bridge has been replaced with a TonePros Replacement ABR-1 Tuneomatic bridge, the stoptail bar is, I’m pretty sure still the original.

Fernandes Super Grade Gold Top with a TonePros bridge

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The 1/4″ Jack socket and the mounting plate on this Fernandes Super Grade Gold Top have both been replaced. The old plastic plate has been upgraded to nickel plated metal and the Jack socket has been upgraded to a Switchcraft.

The 1/4

The back has a beautiful natural finish to it, which almost looks like a copper tinge that matches the Gold Top perfectly.

The Mahogany wood grain on the back of a Fernandes Super Grade Gold Top

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There are a couple of minor chips in the clear coat on the back, but nothing out of the ordinary for a guitar of this vintage.

Mahogany wood grain on a Fernandes Super Grade Gold Top

Clear coat on the Mahogany body of a Fernandes Super Grade Gold Top

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The 500k Gotoh pots in this Fernandes Super Grade Gold Top are wired up with .047uF (47nF) Sprague Orange Drop capacitors in both the neck and bridge positions.

The 500k Gotoh pots in this Fernandes Super Grade Gold Top are wired up with 47nF Sprague Orange Drop capacitors

As mentioned previously, the neck and body has been meticulously set and is a super comfy profile.

Neck join on a Fernandes Super Grade Gold Top

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The neck has a very comfortable 50s neck profile, but it’s not as big as some of the 50s style necks I have seen. It also has a very subtle taper, even though this next pic seems to accentuate the taper a lot.

Neck profile on a Fernandes Super Grade Gold Top

The tulip (ivoroid keystone button) style tuners are Grover Vintage Deluxe 3+3 in a nickel finish and have no problems keeping this guitar in tune for extended periods of time. They are super smooth and have a ratio of 14:1.

Grover deluxe tuners

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So there it is folks, a beautiful example of the early 80s Japanese craftsmanship in the form of this Fernandes Super Grade Gold top.

Fernandes Super Grade Gold Top

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3 thoughts on “Fernandes Super Grade Goldtop – ‘A’ Grade Les Paul Clone

  1. G’day mate. Good looking guitar. A good friend of mine recently gave me one of these but he had it painted black. I’ve some time to try and restore it to its former glory, however looking at your photos I still have some work to do. I can post some photos if you like.

    Cheers

    Gordon

    • Yeah sure thing Gorden.I’d be interested to see the restoration process of a Les Paul. I’ve repainted a few Strat but haven’t tackled a LP project yet.

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