Up for sale, a 2002 FGN History model LH-10QM electric guitar in excellent condition and in perfect working order. Crafted exclusively for the Japanese domestic market at the renowned Fujigen Gakki factory, and only sold at the Shimamura chain of music shops, this History is as rare as they come. Upgraded with a pair of zebra bobbin Gibson Bursbucker #1 and 2 PAF humbuckers and a premium wiring harness with USA-made CTS pots and Bumblebee tone caps, this no-corners-cut instrument features select vintage tonewoods, with a quilted maple top, mahogany body and mahogany neck with long tenon, capped with a bound rosewood fingerboard.
The premium vintage tonewood (in recent years rebranded by Fujigen as “Timeless Timber” and "Heritage Wood") is milled from logs that sank during the logging boom of the 1800s and early 1900s. These woods are preserved by the icy temperatures and low oxygen content of the waters of the Great Lakes, offering old growth cuts that haven't been available for over a century. The seasoned tonewoods translate a traditional LP tonal palette through the upgraded Gibson Burstbucker #1 and 2 PAF humbuckers. These Burstbuckers deliver an array of traditional Les Paul tonalities, with a sweet, dynamic and harmonically-rich bridge pickup, and a neck position humbucker that's fat and sweet while still retaining ideal clarity. The guitar weighs 9lbs 8oz with excellent natural projection and sustain. Professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar, this History LH-10QM features low action, solid intonation, and fresh 10-46 strings.
The mahogany neck has a modestly slender C shaped profile carve, measuring .835” deep at the 1st fret and .925” at the 12th. The bound rosewood fretboard features split pearloid block inlay and History’s unique Circle Fretting System with medium jumbo fretwire. The fretwire is imperceptibly curved, installed so that each string and fret intersect at right angles to minimize the contact surface, yielding more accurate pitch, cleaner longer sustaining notes, and truer harmonics. The frets show light uniform wear on the crowns of frets 1-12, extending a bit further up the board beneath the plain strings. The guitar plays effortlessly in every register up the straight neck with an optimally adjusted, responsive truss rod. The headstock features a matching quilted maple overlay with a small nick on the bass side corner, featuring stock Rotomatic-style Gotoh tuners that turn smoothly and hold pitch well with bright chrome plating.
On the body, all of the electronics work as they should with a three-way pickup selector toggle and individual Volume and Tone controls for each Gibson Burstbucker pickup. The wiring harness boasts upgraded USA-made CTS pots and Bumblebee tone caps. The top has a subtle dished carve around the amber speed knobs, and hardware includes an ABR-1-style bridge and stopbar tailpiece. The gloss Cherry Sunburst finish is rich and saturated, highlighting the deep ripples of curly flame figuring which extends liberally across every inch of the top. Cosmetic wear includes a couple finish chips on the back lower bout body edge, with light finish scratches in the clear coat of the gloss and a few marks concentrated at the rear treble side waist. The neck profile sports a pristine smooth gloss finish.
A vintage Japanese hardshell case is included.