2012 Fujigen Cool Z ZST VM Stratocaster Sonic Blue & 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
Body top: Basswood (2-3 P)
Neck: Hard maple 1P (soft V shape)
Fret: DHP (SBB 214 Type) 22 F / CFS
Scale: 648 mm
Neck Joint: Bolt on / Heel cut joint
Fingerboard width (upper frame) 42 mm
Peg: GOTOH SD 91-05 M / Ni
Nut: Cow bone
Front pickup STD-FAT
Middle pickup STD-FAT
Rear pickup STD-FAT
Control: 1 volume, 2 tone
Bridge: S 88
Colour : Sonic Blue
Pickguard: White single ply
Hard Case: Thomann Black Plain (Can be upgraded)
Note also that the tuners are Japanese GOTOH which are excellent & the nut is bone, not plastic. The second tone control also operates the bridge pickup. A nice feature that you don't find on a lot of Fe#ders
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.