Dating fernandes guitars
On the Revival Stratocaster,the saddles were stamped like Fenders, except bore the F. Most Japanese guitar manufacturers used the model number to reflect the list price of the guitar.
Classical guitars remained our main product in the domestic Japanese market.
Inexperienced with this new approach of electric instruments, our craftsmen and engineers did meticulous analysis of existing guitar products and accumulated its experience and skills by continuous research.
Fernandes/Burny first startedcloning Fender and Gibson guitars in the 1970s and continued thorugh the mid-1980’s, up until Fender and Gibsonthreatened to sue them for copyright/trademark infringement.
At that point, Burny/Fernandes changed their truss rodcover shape and other small details to appease both Fender and Gibson.
To date, both Fernandes and Burny are still making guitars just like their Tokai counterparts.
When it began in the 70's, there were no problems with copyright issues.This saga only surfaced a decade later in the mid 80's when Fender and Gibson felt that their empire was threatened.To avoid the copyright war, Fernandes began to make changes to certain parts of their design like truss rod cover, shape etc.For their Fender copies, they were forcedto change their headstock shape completely.The rare old Fender and Gibson "lawsuit" replicas that can be found are extremely accurate in their attention to detail thatthe original Fender and Gibsons had. However, because there are no official history on these companies, they are written to the best of our knowledge and experience.