Up for sale, a 2017 Fujigen FGN Neo Classic NTL-21RAH-SBB T-style Custom electric guitar in near mint 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 ash 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-21RAH features bevy of traditional tonewood ingredients with a a solid two-piece ash body finished in See-Through Blue Burst 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 Bournes pots and Mallory tubular tone caps, and a Gotoh 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 8lbs 11oz 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 full and chunky U-shaped profile carve with lots of shoulder and lightly rolled fretboard edges, gaining just a hair more heft in the higher registers of the fretboard, measuring .890" deep at the 1st fret and .999" at the 12th. The thick slab 22 fret rosewood fretboard features dot inlay and slender vintage-style frets that show just a hint of wear beneath the B and High E strings on frets 1-4. 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 length 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 Gotoh BS-TC1 bridge features a trio of compensated brass saddles for ideal intonation, and the hardware is practically perfect, with a chrome-plated control plate and knurled knobs and a nickel humbucker cover. The thick brushed aluminum four-bolt neck plate is etched with kanji and an image of Mt. Fuji. Cosmetically, this guitar is near mint, with just a few tiny nicks and errant faint finish scratches in the clear coat of the gloss. The neck profile sports a pristine smooth gloss finish.
A padded gigbag is included.