Up for sale, a 2011 FGN History GH-LSV in like-new condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case and hangtags. Crafted exclusively for the Japanese domestic market at the renowned Fujigen Gakki factory, this History guitar was only sold at the Shimamura chain of music shops and is as rare as they come, sold new at a whopping 270,000 yen price point. The guitar is constructed with American pioneer-era old growth “Heritage Wood” salvaged from the bottom of lakes, offering unmatched integrity and tone. Stunning both visually and tonally, this no-corners-cut instrument features a two-piece carved maple top, with a mahogany body and neck with long tenon joint capped with a bound rosewood fingerboard.
Weighing 9lbs 15oz, this History has plenty of natural acoustic authority and resonance; qualities faithfully translated by the FH-1D humbuckers. Metering at 7.7k ohms, these wax-potted pickups are dynamic, clear, and harmonically rich, with a sweet growl and cut in the bridge position, while the neck pickup retains plenty of attack and note clarity, offering a thicker sound ideal for lead work. This History has been professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action, and spot-on intonation.
The mahogany neck has a medium C-shaped profile carve with nicely rounded shoulders and lightly rolled binding edges, measuring .840” deep at the 1st fret and .955” at the 12th. The bound cocobolo fingerboard features trapezoid inlay and History’s unique Circle Fretting System with pristine medium jumbo fretwire. While feeling identical to "normal" fretwire, the frets are imperceptibly curved, installed so that each string and fret intersect at right angles to minimize the contact surface, yielding more accurate pitch, longer sustaining notes, and truer harmonics. The guitar plays cleanly in every register up the straight neck with an ideally adjusted and responsive truss rod. The guitar conforms to specs familiar to any Gibson fan with a 24 3/4" scale length and a carved bone nut that measures 1 11/16" in width. The headstock features a pearloid inlaid History logo and Kluson-style tuners which turn smoothly and hold pitch well.
All of the electronics function as intended, and the FH-1D humbuckers are wired to the stock harness with oil-in-paper capacitors and full-size CTS pots dating to the 25th week of 2011. Plastics include the pristine one-ply pickguard, cream pickup rings, and a quartet of deeply ambered bonnet knobs which have a couple splits in the plastic that don't affect their mounting. The chrome-plated hardware shines like new, including the Tune-o-matic bridge and corresponding stopbar. There's barely a scratch on the Faded Cherry Sunburst finish, and the smooth gloss finish on the neck profile is similarly immaculate.
The original hardshell case and hangtags are included.