Whitstable Guitars

A selection of good quality, used guitars and specialising in imports from Japan since 2008

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

Fingerboard: Rosewood

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

Hard Case

As said many times, all my guitars come shipped in a new black hard case which is included in the price. I find this is the safest way to avoid damage in transit.  Alternatively, if you are collecting the guitar and, like some buyers have cases coming out of their ears, that's no problem, I'll adjust the price (usually around a £30 discount) and I can usually find you an old gigbag to take the guitar away in. The only hard and fast rule I have is that I won't ship a guitar in a gigbag

If you are further interested in this guitar, you can either email me with any queries & I'll do my best to get back to you within 24 hours.

Or, you can buy easily and safely using the PayPal "buy now" button. Don't forget to select the right option using the drop down menu on price, i.e. Collection, UK shipping or EU shipping. If in doubt, please email me first as Highlands & Islands can sometimes be a little dearer for shipping