Fujigen Les Pauls.

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  1. boycey

    boycey Senior Member

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    I thought I'd post a pic here of a (different) forum buddies Fujigen Les Paul I got to play a while back. They dont seem to get many mentions which is a shame, they're very nice guitars.
    Many of you will be aware of the Fujigen made Orvilles and OBGs, which are great guitars, the Fujigen branded Les Pauls seem to be a bit scarce though, this is the only one I've seen & played. They're another good option for those on a MIJ Les Paul quest.
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    I wouldn't rate it as highly as a Bacchus or high end Tokai for example, maybe in the same camp as an Edwards. Anyone have any opinions on them?
     
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    UITA Senior Member

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    Seen a couple on Ebay they had funky headstocks though, couldn't get into the look of it.
     
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    goofballone Senior Member

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    I believe Fujigen is the company that built most of the Fender Japan, Greco's and Tokai's until the Late '80s
     
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    doublecut Senior Member

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    Fujigen have never made Tokai's.
    Tokai have their own guitar factory.

    Fujigen made Fender Japan guitars from 1982-1997.
    Fujigen made most of the Greco Gibson clones in the 70s 80s and early 90s.
    Fujigen made a lot of Ibanez guitars in the 70s and 80s,
    Fujigen made a lot of Orvilles in the 90s.
    Fujigen made a lot of Epiphone Japan in the 90s and 2000s.

    Fujigen have their own guitar brands now.

    Fujigen make Steve Vai's and Joe Satriani's main guitars.
     
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    diceman V.I.P. Member

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    I've got a couple of Fujigen Epiphone Elitists - great guitars! I've always wondered what their name brand stuff was like. Nitro finish on that one, by chance?
     
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    -=[Shifty]=- Epi Verification Expert V.I.P. Member

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    Wow, I didn't even know that they had their own brand.
    Looks nice, like everything else I've seen coming out of that factory.
     
  7. boycey

    boycey Senior Member

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    I cant remember diceman, I'll give him a shout and ask but I'm nearly sure he said it was poly. The same lad has a fujigen strat too, again it's another nice guitar.
    @UITA- I know what you mean about the funky headstocks, but I now own only two guitars, a Bacchus & a Hamer.Both have weird headstocks. I've trained my eye to concentrate on the body only!
     
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    lets see these funky headstocks
     
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    Leo Senior Member

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    thyre high end line of gtr's are killer looking !!!,.....beautiful attention to detail ,...from what i saw on rinkya,...+++ they use timeless timbre for theyre high end pieces ,....has to have the stamp on the back of the headstock for it to be the genuine timeless timbre
     
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    here a top of the line fuji-gen product, this was a special order to celebrate 35 years of the shimamura shop, who were the distributors for the ''History'' line of fuji-gen guitars...

    35 pieces were made, all timeless timber, the pick of the woodstock..

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    Leo Senior Member

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    WOW!!!! Villager thats pretty much what i was thinking of, except much nicer than the ones i have seen ,.....what an incredibly beautiful gtr!!,....
     
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    thanks leo, its even better in the flesh, the pics dont really show the depth of the flame in the top..
     
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    Are those 'timeless timber' series very expensive villager?
    I seldom like guitars with that spalted finish, I'd make an exception for that one though.
    I have to admit I'd stick black p'up rings and speed knobs on it though. Sacrilege eh?!
     
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    there are quite a few made with timeless timber, but very few with that kind of top, and those are expensive..
     
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    boycey Senior Member

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    Thanks villager.
    I keep going back to your site, I'm already imagining myself playing that Navigator SG! It's just awesome. Some seriously nice guitars you have on there.
     
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    Just got a CoolZ (Shimamura) ZLS-2 which is _OK_. The guitar is nicely made, but they didn't pay too much attention to the pickguard. It doesn't fit 100% and it seems to have damaged the top where the screw for the bracket is. It actually looks terrible without the pickguard. Nice woods and finish though.
     
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    -=[Shifty]=- Epi Verification Expert V.I.P. Member

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    Hey, is that the one that was on ebay lately and always popped up when I was looking for Tokais?
     
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    Most likely, it had a couple of brand names in the title, "Coolz LS-2 by Fugijen, makers of Greco and Orville etc". Gotta take some pics tomorrow.

    http://cgi.ebay.de/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=120405534814
     
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    Got a Fujigen Epi Elite, its one of the best guitars i have played.
     
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    -=[Shifty]=- Epi Verification Expert V.I.P. Member

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    Yeah, that's the one. I do combined searches for Tokai and Orvilles lately, so that's why it always showed up. I always look at ebay.uk too. It's just so hard to find MIJ guitars in Germany. Watched a '08 Tokai LS-150 go for 800€ two days ago at ebay.de, though. I didn't know if I could fund it, so I had to pass on bidding. Turns out I sold my '03 Epi LP Classic yesterday and I could have bought it. :rolleyes:

    That gutiar looks really nice! Congrats! :thumb:
     

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