Up for sale, a 2011 Fujigen FGN Neo Classic model NCJB-20R/AL electric bass in exceptional condition and in perfect working order. As the factory best known for Fender Japan's output in their golden "Made in Japan" era, Fujigen continues to craft spectacular instruments under their own banner. This modern bass borrows all of the essential details of the early ‘60s Jazz Bass platform, with the traditional tonewood combination of a two-piece alder body, one-piece maple neck, and thick slab rosewood fretboard. The stock USA-made Seymour Duncan SJB-1 pickups are a faithful recreation of the Jazz Bass single coils of the early ‘60s, staying true to the originals,and offering both rich warmth and great midrange definition. The neck position is full sounding, with a round bottom end, reverse wound so that it will hum-cancel when used in conjunction with the bridge pickup. The bridge coil is smooth and punchy, delivering a presence and upper midrange burp that accentuates the sweet treble grind of the roundwound 45-100 strings. This FGN weighs 9lbs 3oz and has been professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with comfortable action and spot-on intonation.
The one-piece maple neck has a rounded C shaped profile carve with good shoulder and faintly rolled fretboard edges, modestly slender at the nut and gaining a bit more heft in the higher registers, measuring .820” deep at the 1st fret and .955” at the 12th. The thick slab rosewood fretboard is a dark, tight-grained cut with dot inlay and pristine stock medium jumbo fretwire. The bass plays easily in all registers up the straight neck with an ideally adjusted and responsive truss rod. Per traditional J Bass specs, the scale length is a full 34“, and the nut measures 1 1/2“ in width. The headstock features Gotoh FB3 clover button tuners which turn smoothly and function as intended.
On the body, the stock electronics work as they should, with individual Volume knobs for each pickup and a Master Tone control. The hardware include the original Hipshot Type B bridge, crafted from aluminum with clean chrome plating. Cosmetic wear on the gloss three-tone Sunburst finish is limited to faint surface scuffs in the finish mostly relegated to the contoured body edges, particularly along the bass side lower bout, with just a couple minuscule stray marks on top. The neck sports a pristine smooth gloss finish.