2012 Fujigen Japan FGN JST-5M Strat Black & New Hard Case
Don't be put off by the lower price tag on this beauty. The JST-5M is an all Japanese built guitar from the famous Fujigen-Gakki facility. Unmistakably Stratocaster like in its design, the guitar has a few differences from its Fender cousin. Most noticeably the fretboard is flatter than the equivalent Strat with a radius of 250mm & the neck profile is described as a "U" shape & with its satin finish. It has a full 25.5" scale length & it is really comfortable to play
The controls are the same as a Fender but the second tone control also works with the bridge pickup which is much more sensible
This particular guitar was made in 2012. There are some signs of use in a couple of places but these are tiny scratches & overall the guitar is excellent. I noticed some scratches on the pickguard and on the back plate too but that really is about it. There is no noticeable fretwear. The guitar plays great & Fujigen's own 64V single coil pickups sound really good. There are a couple of very favourable reviews on the internet too.
The next model up from this is the"Neo Classic" (See other FGN listings on this site) which has an Alder body, compound neck radius & slightly hotter pickups but both guitars play really nicely
Manufacture 2012 Japan
Neck: Maple with Maple fret board (bolt on) Satin wood finish
Fingerboard:Maple 250mm radius
Profile: Soft "V"
Scale Length 25.5"
Width at nut 41mm
At 12th Fret 51mm
Pickup: (Neck) FGN 64VS (Middle) FGN 64VS (Bridge) FGN 64VS
Tuners:GOTOH SD91-05M Magnum Lock
5 way Switch
Controls:1 Volume, 2 Tone (Neck/Middle & Bridge), Lever Way SW
Pickguard: White 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 £12). 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. Why not play something that's just a little bit different?