That's about the fairest assessment Ive seen based on my experience with them, except for consistency. Here's what I've seen:I had the chance to play the following guitars here in Germany last month at the same dealer:
LC 10 in white
LS 10 Lemon drop with zebra Humbuckers
LS 10 Cherry sunburst
The LC 10 really wasn´t good at all (binding wasn´t set very well, the finish wasn´t applied carefully etc). It also played like a piece of dead wood. Not very resonant, no good sustain.
The LS 10 Lemon drop was way better, craftmanship was good and it played well, but still didn´t keep up with a good Gibson Les Paul I came to play the same month.
The LS 10 in cherry sunburst was awesome, play, feel and craftmanship were very good, a fun instrument to play, Price was 999.- €. A nice guitar.
At the end of the day I came to the conclusion that FGN isn´t different to Gibson. There are dogs and there are awesome instruments, but after this experience I wouldn´t buy one blind.
Almost bought the sunburst one, but ended up with a Knaggs for double the price (and not looking back)
Just to update your knowledge a bit....
2. Stock FGN pickups are lacking, boderline acceptable, but still the weakest link on the guitar. I think most serious players would replace them. Or just buy a higher priced FGN that already comes with pickups from someone else.
Models I've tried j-standads and ncl's had FGN branded pups. I' posted earlier you can pay more and get non-FGN pup models. Unless you're telling me the FGN pups are made by SD and FGN just slaps their name on them. Either way they suck IMOJust to update your knowledge a bit
The use Seymour Duncan pickups for most of their guitars, even the cheaper ones.....
All the one s I've tried have had FGN like this
keyword was: 'even' their cheaper modelsThe expert elan you posted isn't entry level.
reading gets you the answerThe tele says SD pups but not which model.
searching will make 'knowledge' out of 'thinking' and 'wondering'....I wonder if its that duncan designed you find on Jacksons I think, which again are terrible . anyway its just pups easy enough to change
fair enough, looks like some "real" Duncan's may be available on some (but clearly not all) of their lower priced models. I own that partial oversight, and will forever be shamed. Doesn't detract from my view that FGN brand pups suckkeyword was: 'even' their cheaper models
reading gets you the answer
searching will make 'knowledge' out of 'thinking' and 'wondering'....
why do you even discuss those terrible things here
I agree, I take back my earlier comments. The pickups on the FGN I picked up are pretty good...not as good as best boutiques, but better than Gibson and many SD's too, which have become all too commonI like the Fujigen pickups in general. Have had a great pair of the Alinco8s they use and prefer them to many SD pickups. Everyone has their own tastes of course and the basic sound of the guitar is also a pretty big factor.