Looking at an FGN Neo Classic. What can you tell me about these?

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The model is Neo Classic NLS10. There is not a lot of info online about this model, even on the FGN website. Is the quality on par with Epiphone MIC/MII? Pickups are called Alnico 5... any good? Lastly, what is the neck like? Thanks for any info you may have.

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The NS10 is a slick guitar. The neck on mine is pretty slim, I wish it had a little more heft but that’s my only complaint.

My neo classic has a bit more, not sure if that’s model thing or an individual guitar thing though.

The FGN alnico5 are great pickups. They sound clear and articulate, I would say medium high output overall. Not quite a vintage paf sound, but very good in their own right.

Overall fit and finish is exceptional. On par with higher end builders. The only issue I can think of is they should have used a shorter bridge post with these thinner bodies, the post sits a little proud of the top of the bridge once the action is set nice and low.
An easy fix if it bothered me enough to actually do something about it.


Here’s a shot of mine, they do a great job with the metallic finishes.

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The marks and spots in the 2nd pic are just glare.
 

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My experience with the FGN Neo Classics has been with the NLC/NCLC 20Es. And I think they are fantastic, still have one in Snow White that plays and sounds fantastic. It has Duncan pickups, so I can't comment on the NLS10 pickups.

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The NS10 is a slick guitar. The neck on mine is pretty slim, I wish it had a little more heft but that’s my only complaint.

My neo classic has a bit more, not sure if that’s model thing or an individual guitar thing though.

The FGN alnico5 are great pickups. They sound clear and articulate, I would say medium high output overall. Not quite a vintage paf sound, but very good in their own right.

Overall fit and finish is exceptional. On par with higher end builders. The only issue I can think of is they should have used a shorter bridge post with these thinner bodies, the post sits a little proud of the top of the bridge once the action is set nice and low.
An easy fix if it bothered me enough to actually do something about it.


Here’s a shot of mine, they do a great job with the metallic finishes.

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The marks and spots in the 2nd pic are just glare.
Yours is very nice. I ordered it a few minutes ago... candy green. Yours is candy red?

I'm glad to hear you like the pickups.

In the video posted above, I liked the sound of the neck pickup but I thought the bridge sounded a little bass heavy for the type of music I play, but that should be an easy fix with height adjustment or a little EQ.
 

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Yours is very nice. I ordered it a few minutes ago... candy green. Yours is candy red?

I'm glad to hear you like the pickups.

In the video posted above, I liked the sound of the neck pickup but I thought the bridge sounded a little bass heavy for the type of music I play, but that should be an easy fix with height adjustment or a little EQ.

Awesome! I think you’ll love it, that green is super slick looking and the board looks nice and dark.

Congrats on the pending NGD!
 

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Is the quality on par with Epiphone MIC/MII?

It is basicly an €pi Elitist, so two steps above other Asian made €pis....


Got my first FGN LC10 around 8 years ago
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more than a dozen others followed,
currently 7 in the stable, one more coming in tomorrow or Saturday
(Boundary Odyssey (Strat-Style) not yet pictured)
edit: pics of FGN #7 and #8 added
meanwhile I prefer the more modern & improved variations of the historic shapes



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It is basicly an €pi Elitist, so two steps above other Asian made €pis....


Got my first FGN LC10 around 8 years ago
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more than a dozen others followed,
currently 7 in the stable, one more coming in tomorrow or Saturday
(Boundary Odyssey (Strat-Style) not yet pictured)
meanwhile I prefer the more modern & improved variations of the historic shapes


That bass looks pretty sweet!
 

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Yessir. The guitar arrived on Tuesday. I'll post some nice outdoor pics this weekend.

Amazing fretwork, nice neck, and beautiful finish (candy green isn't for everyone, but I am a fan). My only complaint is the protective film on the control cavity plate is impossible to remove, almost like it was baked on. That is only a minor inconvenience, though.
 
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Yessir. The guitar arrived on Tuesday. I'll post some nice outdoor pics this weekend.

Amazing fretwork, nice neck, and beautiful finish (candy green isn't for everyone, but I am a fan). My only complaint is the protective film on the control cavity plate is impossible to remove, almost like it was baked on. That is only a minor inconvenience, though.
Nice! I had a sneaking suspicion you would like it, my tokais are my current favorites but the fgn have a slight lead in the build quality, I think. Prime examples of what you can get for the money if you’re not too concerned with the headstock.
 

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