2012 CoolZ ZLS-1 Les Paul Translucent Black & new hard case
You may not have heard of "CoolZ" but you have probably heard of the factory where it was made. Fujigen-Gakki is one of the best known guitar makers in Japan & over the years has been responsible for nearly all of the finest Japanese made guitars. Ibanez, Orville, Fender, Greco, Epiphone Elite, Yamaha & many others were/are all made at Fujigen. Fujigen make their own FGN brand and also make guitars for Japanese distributors Shimamura & these are the History & CoolZ brands. You don't see them outside of Japan as they are for the domestic market only but they are built to Fujigen's usual high standard. I've had a few CoolZ guitars on the website over the years but this is the first Les Paul & I have to say, I'm impressed.
This guitar has a solid Mahogany body with a carved Maple cap, a 1 piece neck & Rosewood fingerboard. The finish is a lovely translucent black & the guitar has Grover tuners, a GOTOH bridge & a bone nut. It really is a well made guitar. Pickups are branded as "Louis BH-1b & 1n" which I assume are Fujigen's own. They work well & the guitar has a really good sound. There are a few demos on YouTube
The overall condition is excellent for a 10 year old guitar although there are a few small knocks and dents around the edges as shown in the photographs.
The guitar plays really well. Straight neck, low action and good pickups. Overall, for a Japanese built guitar at this price with a fitted hard case this is amazing value.
CoolZ ZLS-1 Les Paul Specifications
Body Material: Solid Mahogany with Maple carved top. Translucent Black finish
Neck material: Mahogany
22 medium frets with block inlays
Scale Length 24.75"
Width at 1st fret 42.5mm
Width at 12th fret 52.5mm
Weight: 4360 grammes (9lb 6oz)
Enclosed tuners (Grover)
Tune-o-matic bridge & stop bar tailpiece
Cream single ply pickguard
1 x Louis BH-1n humbucker (N)
1 x Louis BH-1b humbucker (B)
3 way switch
2 x Volume & 2 x Tone Controls
New Thomann/Gator fitted hard case