2015 Fujigen FGN Neo Classic Stratocaster NST102M/2TS
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. I have been playing an FGN telecaster for about 2 years now with my band & I wouldn't change it. They really are very, very good.
This particular guitar is an "M" scale model. That means that the scale length is 24.75" rather than the usual 25.5" This is the same scale length as a Gibson Les Paul. The most noticeable difference is string bending is much easier. The guitar will also take a heavier gauge string more easily.
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. There were a few small indents on the back of the guitar, probably made by a buckle. These have all been repaired now & the guitar looks as good as it plays. 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 2015 Japan
Body: Solid Alder
Colour: 2 tone sunburst
Neck: Maple with Maple fret board (bolt on) Satin/Gloss wood finish
Fingerboard:Maple 305mmR 250-350 mmR Compound Radius
Profile: Soft "V"
Scale Length 24.75"
Width at nut 41mm
At 12th Fret 51mm
Pickup: (Neck) FGN 63VS-HOTPickup (Middle) (Reversed Polarity) FGN 63VS-HOT FGN 63VS-HOT Pickup (Bridge)
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 £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. Why not play something that's just a little bit different?