2013 Fujigen FGN Neo Classic Telecaster Thinline NCTL-10M
Mahogany (natural finish) 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"
You can find lots about them on line and lots of YouTube videos too with people drooling over how good they are but you won't find many places that stock them outside of Japan. There are no UK suppliers. There is a limited range at Thomann but none of the "Neo Classic" range. These are basically copies of famous USA guitars but with a few changes/improvements. Perhaps that's why you can't easily get them outside of Japan. I don't know but they are superb guitars
This Thinline Telecaster, is a beauty with a beefy humbucker at the neck position & a single coil at the bridge to retain that familiar Tele sound. however, it has a few different features. A soft "V" 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") which is better for lead work
The overall condition of the guitar is excellent. I found a couple of chips in the headstock lacquer that have now been repaired & a tiny lacquer crack at one side of the neck joint. These are shown in the last 3 gallery photos. Fujigen 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
Manufacture 2013 Japan
Body: Semi hollow Mahogany
Neck: Maple with Maple fret board (bolt on) Satin/Gloss wood finish
Profile: Soft "V"
Scale Length 25.5"
Width at nut 42mm
At 12th Fret 52mm
Bridge Fujigen Japan cloth wired Alnico 6.65k
Neck Fujigen FGN Humbucker 7.16k
Tuners: Kluson style. Nickel finish
Bridge: Vintage style ashtray with 3 brass saddles
3 way Switch
Master Tone & Master Volume
Pickguard: White Pearl 3 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 Japan. This model is impossible to find here in the UK unless you import it.