History AH-LC

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I first came in contact with the History brand a few years back when I stumbled upon a SH-L2 model. Once I had it in my hands, I immediately fell in love and started looking for other unique History models. Since that first one, I've picked up a similar SH-L1 (The L1 is a flame top and the L2 is a quilt top), a GH-FF (small hollow body similar to a PRS Hollow) and lap steel (which I still haven't learned to play). Since all of these models are made by Fujigen, I consider them an extension of my Fujigen/FGN obsession.

During that initial research, I noted that in 2005, there was a very special limited model made for Shimamura's 35th Anniversary, the AH-LC. I seem to remember that they only made 35 of them, but I have been unable to confirm that. Regardless, at a price of 670K yen in 2005, I doubt there were many of them. I told myself that if I ever got the opportunity to grab one, I would take it (as long a the price wasn't too outlandish).

Lo and behold, a few weeks one popped up on YJ and I made my run. Fortunately I didn't have to run too hard, I was the only bidder. I'm sure this guitar is not for everyone. I typically am not attracted to the bling, but I've always loved the look of spalted maple. I just couldn't resist.

Beyond the sexy looks, what really stands out is how well it plays and sounds. It is one of, if not the, easiest guitars to play. The action is low and the fretwork, typical of Fujigen, is outstanding. The tone is a little on the bright side with the maple cap, thick maple back and maple neck. But it's not harsh at all, just a little brighter than a typical single cut. I can never find any good info on the Louis pickups, but they really match up well with this model, IMO. Each pickup is individually splittable via push/pull tone knobs.

An interesting tidbit is that the English spec page that I found for it describes the fretboard as Brazilian Rosewood (not Jacaranda). I don't think it means anything, but the SH-L1 & L2 models from the same period are spec'd with Jacaranda.

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That is really over the top - definitely fitting for a 35th anniversary model.

Gotta be some unicorn horn mixed in those inlays.
 

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Damn curry, that is a beautiful thing. You have great taste.
 

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Is that made of submerged wood? Does it affect the sound of you know?
 

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Is that made of submerged wood? Does it affect the sound of you know?

I don't think the top and back is part of their submerged "timeless timber". However, if I remember correctly, the source indicates that there is a block of the timeless timber under the bridge and tailpiece.

As for how that affects tone, I really don't know.
 

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Beautiful!

I am right there with you on the Fujigen 'issue'. I bought my first Fujigen guitar in 1999 - an Epiphone SG-70, which was really a relabeled Orville for the Japanese domestic market (after the Orville contract ended they relabeled remaining stock as Epiphone).

I have 3 Cool Z guitars (2 strats and a 'single cut' burst), which were the little brother to the History line. Same construction but with slightly different specs. Shimamura discontinued the Cool Z's around 2017, my strats have History pickups in them. For a while you could often see them in the second hand shops here in Japan, but that is starting to thin a bit.

I also have a 1991 Fujigen Squier strat and a 1984 Fernandes RST-50 64, which I am still certain it was Fujigen made.

I bet that History plays as well as it looks :cool:
 

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