Fujigen Cool Z ZTL 10M (Made in Japan) with new Hard Case
If you're checking out my website because you love Japanese guitars then I'm guessing you must have heard of the famous Fujigen-Gakki facility in Japan. They've been building guitars there since 1960 including Fenders, Grecos, some Yamahas, Ibanez, JV Squiers etc etc. As well as building guitars for other people, they also make their own ranges which are currently badged as "FGN"
and they also make guitars for other Japanese suppliers such as "History". One of the largest of these is Shimamura & their brand name is "Cool Z"
They are excellent guitars but you won't find anywhere that stock them outside of Japan. There are no UK suppliers. The only way to get hold of a "Cool Z" is to import it
This Telecaster, for example, looks almost identical to a '52 Reissue Fender Telecaster, however, it has a few different features. A soft "C" profile neck which is a little thicker than Fender's but feels nice. The finish on the back of the neck is satin up to the headstock and then it changes to gloss. Much more comfortable. The guitar also feature the CFS fretting which is better for tuning and intonation (lots of explanations online) The fretboard is a flatter 250mm (9.84") than Fender's 7.25" which is better for lead work
The overall condition of the guitar is excellent. I found one small dent on the bottom edge which has now been repaired & a blemish on the pickguard which I have since replaced with a new one but that is all. Fujigen made guitars are really, really good with the build quality being slightly better (IMO) than Fender Japan, particularly the electrics. Much better pots and switches & thicker cloth covered wiring to the pickups
Manufacture 2016 Japan
Body : Light ash
Neck Hard Maple 1P
Fret CFS 22 F (W: 2.7 mm, H: 1.0 mm)
Scale 648 mm
Neck Joint Heel · Cut · Joint
Peg GOTOH SD 91-05 M
Nut Cattle bone (Width: 42 mm)
Front pickup HISTORY VT 52 - FAT / n (Alnico 5)
Rear pickup HISTORY VT 52 - FAT / b (Alnico 5)
Control 1 Vol, 1 Tone, 3 way LeverSW
bridge TP-6B (Brass 3 saddles)
Color Vintage natural (VNT)
Pickguard: Black single ply
Hard Case: Thomann Black Plain (Can be upgraded)
As stated many times, due to courier damage, all my guitars are shipped in hard cases (usually new) this one being a plain black one. I do have a tweed option and these are a little dearer (Extra £10). If you prefer that, please email me for details. If you are collecting, I'm happy to knock off the price of the case (About £30) & I may even have an old gig bag you can have to take it away in
So to sum up, an excellent guitar from Fujigen Gakki Japan. This model is impossible to find here in the UK unless you import it.