FGN-Guitars (FujiGen)

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  1. paruwi

    paruwi Kraut-Rocker Super Mod Premium Member

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    FGN Guitars

    Brand new Video...




    (FGN) GUITARS JAPAN - FACTORY TOUR - YouTube

    edit: added another video



    and another interesting factory tour

    Fujigen Gakki Factory Tour!! | Drowning in Guitars!

    Serial# information

    Format: MYYXXXX

    M = Month (A=Jan, B=Feb.....)
    YY= Year
    XXXX= production#


    The history of FGN-guitars starts in 1960
    they had made a lot of highly evaluated guitars for the big brands
    like Ibanez, Fender, Gretsch, Epiphone and others.

    Though I speak of the newer, "FGN" branded ones



    Anybody owns one of this newer models from them ?
    They seem to be well made and do have some 'uncommon' features
    like the 'Circle Fret System' - What do you think about it ?

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    I'm gassing hard for a model that seems not to be available outside of Germany



    not chambered/swiss cheased/weight relieved
    one-piece neck with long tenon
    Gotoh hardware

    the specs are quite impressive and the selling price over here is around
    1000 Euro :cool:
    By the end of next week I'll get the chance to check it out, if they're in stock at my dealer like advertised....:D

    Compared with the prices (over here) for used Epi Elitist models it seems more than hot, IMO

    What other (New and available in Europe) MiJ LP-type would be in this quality range ?

    Whats your opinion ?
     
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  2. Stealthtastic

    Stealthtastic Senior Member

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    My buddy has owned a few and said they are killer. Fuji makes Ibanez Prestige guitars, which are fantastic , no doubt about the quality on these :)
     
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    I am sure they are all with typical Fujigen high quality.
    I noticed the horn is different between the Japanese-market model.
    Here is a nice NCLC-20E for 79,000 yen. Ishibashi ships internationally in case you are interested in an ebony fretboard and real shell inlays.
    It seems like even with taxes and shipping a used NCLC-20E at 79,000 yen would be under 1000 euros.
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    Here is an NCLS-20R for just 62,000 yen. They come with Seymour Duncan pickups, CTS pots and have a lacquer top finish.
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  4. Igor

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    One of my guitars is a LS10 goldtop singlecut. It is a good guitar, the build quality is spotless. The neck is quite comfortable; regarding the C.F.S: i didn´t notice much difference to a "normal" neck, but i am not a uber guitarist, maybe they will notice something ;)

    BUT i made some changes: the first thing were the pots, they were absurdly stiff (changed the caps and the wiring with them).

    I modified the finish from high gloss to VOS/beamless (no more golden lollipop), the guitar is looking like a "real" goldtop now.

    The stock puckups are not bad, but...meh...not really spectacular. After some experimentation a pair of Bare Knuckle Pups made me happy.

    All in all it is a decent guitar right from the start. But a little modification + some years of playing will make it a very good guitar imho.
     
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  5. paruwi

    paruwi Kraut-Rocker Super Mod Premium Member

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    Thanks,

    79.000 Yen should be around 600 Euro plus shipping and customs could be in the 1.000 Euro area....

    Though I prefer to get my hands on it before buying, and usually prefer new ones....

    BTW, there is another model available here, the LC-20 with Seymour Duncan 59 SH-1 / JB SH-4 pickups and Ebony fretboard for around 1.600 Euro
    I don't think the better specs justify the up of 600Euro.....

    And yep, I've read the shape of the horn had changed recently..

    :wave:
     
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  7. Olds442

    Olds442 Senior Member

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    Sonorous harmonics sounds very gearpage.

    But seriously, i want me some reclaimed sunken great lakes maple neck action in the form of a history GH-T2.

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    while it's not a FGN, they're made there for the Shimamaru Music Stores.

    or so says the internuts.
     
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    jordans0nly Senior Member

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    How much was the 20E in US dollars?
     
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    paruwi Kraut-Rocker Super Mod Premium Member

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    FGN/Fujigen new J-Standard models are coming out for overseas market very soon???

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    Looks like a P-rail ?
     
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    First stop, relic shop :cool:
     
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    paruwi Kraut-Rocker Super Mod Premium Member

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    Not for me - I like them as guitar-virgins.....:D
     
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    looks like a P-rs.
     
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    Does anybody knows if they make them in left handed version?

    It is pretty impossible to find Epi Elitist/Elite in left handed version, at least here in Europe, so i was thinking about FGN guitars. I really like lemon drop version like the pic below, but i can't find any information about left handed version.

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    paruwi Kraut-Rocker Super Mod Premium Member

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    The german importer doesn't show leftys on their site....
     
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    Yea, my "local" dealer also doesn't show them. I guess it's time to write an angry e-mail to FGN guitars for forgetting about us on the dark side :)
     
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    Hell, this Japanese people are fast, i posted question on their site, 20 min later, a reply :)

    The man said :
    " Thank you for your inquiry about FGN Guitars. Unfortunately, we don't have
    any left-handed guitars for overseas market including your country. Besides,
    we can't make any customshop guitars due to tight capacity to release many
    new models for 2015. If we'll make the left-handed guitars in near future,
    the retail price will be over 2,000US$ per piece and your dealers have to
    purchase min.12pcs of same color and same models at least. Thank you for
    your understanding and loving with FGN Guitars made in Japan!! "

    So this means no love for left handed players atm, but who knows what the future holds.
     
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  17. deaninkl

    deaninkl Senior Member

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    Why buy export market models? Go online and buy direct from Japan, they probably already have lefties for Japan. Many of the japanese stores will ship and have people to answer questions in English.
     
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    Yep, was thinking about it, gonna go do some search on that, maybe learn a little japanese along the way :dude:
    I just hope that not all sites are strictly japanese.
     
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    I have been sat on the fence watching the Japanese sites for a while now and have worked out how they work, some are like ebay, but you pay to a proxy that buys for you and ships, you pay them a fee, mots of the time reasonable I think. Others are actual shops, they have a strait price + shipping, they will have instructions in English of how to contact them then you get quite personalised service, the shipping cost by EMS is very transparent and generally you can use paypal of cards.

    Ibeke seems very good but they don't do FGN, they are a shop so limited to the brands they deal with, but still many brands.

    Jauce basically are a proxy, you register then bid and they take care of buying in Japan and shiping to you, you get charged a fee. There are others. Going direct to the stores limits choice a little but I feel its looks easier. There are plenty of experts in this section, I'm not one of them.
     
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