Fernandes Revival Stratocaster RST-85

Fernandes Stratoscaster

Fernandes Stratoscaster

After a  recent purchase of this Fernandes RST-85 Stratocaster I am compelled to write a mini review of this most exquisite and under valued guitar.

For years I have eyed many a Stratocaster and thought one day I’ll have to bite the bullet and fork out a couple of thousand hard earned Aussie dollars for a genuine Fender, I mean you don’t get better than that do you?

Well I’m not convinced. When I first spotted this Fernandes RST-85 Stratocaster I was instantly drawn to it’s aesthetics, you no what I mean, some Strat copies look down right doggy, they “feel” and look cheap but even from a distance you could tell the finish on this Fernandes was immaculate and it drew me immediately. Sweet maple neck drooling in Nitro cellulose, two piece butted solid alder body, and high quality replica 57 hardware. Man, this was looking good.

Well a week has passed after acquiring this little gem and with just a little adjustment to the neck relief and intonation I have been carelessly noodling the hours away with a humble satisfaction that this guitar is totally on par with any Fender Stratocaster I’ve ever played, it plays and feels “true”, the sound pops and that tone is right there where you want it.

Well how much for such an axe?

Well prices on Japanase built axes are steadily rising as an alternative investment  to the already saturated and overpriced American Vintage guitar market. Some reports say the price has tripled in the last three years.

Get in quick though, prices like this won’t last forever and these babies are getting harder to find. I got mine for $450 Australian Dollars, an absolute bargain and if I spot another  be sure I’ll be buying that one too.

For some cool information on Japananes axes head to  Japanaxe . Those guys are extremely helpful and a special thanks to Wilson Lennard for helping me identify this particular model.

If you are seeking more information the thread below has some extra pics and discussion.



  1. chris

    hi mike..wow i never thought we have the same guitar..mine is fernandes st-85 ’57 model too same as yours exactly..kudos for you!

  2. Bryan

    Hey i have a Fernades The revival too its the same color as the one jimi hendrix used at woodstock to play the national anthem… XD… But im wondering how much you paid for yours? Because im thinking of selling mine i dont want to part with it but need the money and i dont want to get ripped off or i dont want to rip off the next guy to own it. Can you help me out man. Thanks

  3. mikedv (Post author)

    Hi Bryan,

    Really depends where you are located I suppose, supply and demand etc but I paid $450 AUS and I think that was pretty cheap so start the bidding from there, I think some would pay $800 plus for it though as they’re getting a good rep as an investment guitar.

  4. simon

    Hi Mike
    Good article, just got the identical guitar in primo condition, such a well crafted instrument with nice woods, plays great, had 57 stamped on the end of the neck. I just love quality built guitars and these early eighties Fernandes are real gems.

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