2011 Fujigen FGN Neo Classic Telecaster NCTL-10M
Ash (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 Telecaster, for example, looks almost identical to a '52 Reissue Fender Telecaster, 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") than Fender's 7.25" which is better for lead work
The overall condition of the guitar is excellent. I found a small lacquier crack on one edge (pictured) and a tiny dent on the top edge (repaired) but that was it. The repaired areas and the lacquer crack are shown as 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 2011 Japan
Body: Solid Ash
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
Pickups: Fujigen Japan cloth wired Alnico Pickups
Bridge: Vintage style ashtray with 3 brass saddles
3 way Switch
Master Tone & Master Volume
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 Japan. This model is impossible to find here in the UK unless you import it.