Up for sale, a 2011 Fujigen FGN Neo Classic NTL-21R T-style Custom electric guitar in excellent condition and in perfect working order. As the factory best known for all of Fender Japan's output in their golden "Made in Japan" era, Fujigen has also crafted some spectacular instruments under their own banner. With its double bound gloss Black body and humbucker+single coil pickup pairing, this T-style guitar is rather unique, combining the best features of Fender's 1960s and '70s Telecaster Customs.
The NTL-21R features bevy of traditional tonewood ingredients with a a solid ash body and one-piece maple neck capped with a thick slab 22 fret rosewood fretboard. Premium features include USA-made Seymour Duncan pickups, a wiring harness with full-size USA-made CTS pots and Sprague Orange Drop tone caps, and a Wilkinson bridge with compensated brass saddles. The neck position SH-1n humbucker is Duncan's platform PAF, offering sweet sustain, full-sounding chords, and defined attack. The bridge position is Duncan's STL-1b, their ode to Fender's first Broadcaster/Telecaster pickups, featuring hand-ground alnico V flat-pole magnets and plenty of output, twang, and sculpted midrange heft. The pickups are governed by a four-way blade selector switch, which engages both pickups in series in the 4th position for a particularly robust sound in addition to the typical bridge/bridge+neck (in parallel)/neck operation. The instrument weighs 7lbs 10oz and has been professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action, and accurate intonation.
The maple neck has a medium C-shaped profile carve with nicely rounded shoulders and lightly rolled fretboard edges, gaining just a hair more heft in the higher registers of the fretboard, measuring .855" deep at the 1st fret and .965" at the 12th. The thick slab rosewood fretboard features dot inlay and pristine slender, vintage-style fretwire. The guitar plays easily up the straight neck with a responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod and compound 10-14” fretboard radius. The guitar conforms to typical T-Style specs with a full 25 1/2” scale and a hand-carved bone nut that measures 1 5/8“ in width. On the headstock, the Kluson-style tuners turn smoothly and hold pitch well.
On the body, all of the electronics function as intended, with premium parts used throughout, and a traditional Tele control compliment with Master Volume and Tone knobs coupled to a four-way pickup selector switch. The Wilkinson bridge features a trio of compensated brass saddles for ideal intonation, and the chrome hardware shows a touch of patina on the humbucker cover and bridge base. Cosmetic wear is limited to pick scuffing across the guard, light finish scratches in the clear coat of the gloss across the body, and a couple light scuffs central to the body on the back, along with a faint outline of a previously removed sticker on the back of the treble-side cutaway. The neck profile sports a pristine smooth gloss finish.