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2013 FGN Fujigen J-Standard JLC-5R Black Beauty Custom Ebony, Japan MIJ


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Up for sale, a 2013 FGN Fujigen J-Standard electric guitar in excellent, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. Crafted exclusively for the Japanese market at the renowned Fujigen Gakki factory, this FGN is a quality spin on the Black Beauty platform. The tonewood compliment includes a mahogany neck with long tenon, bound rosewood fretboard, solid basswood body, and pair of PAF-style humbuckers. The pickups offer a harmonically-rich midrange character, with a clear and cutting bridge position and a full-sounding neck pickup that still retains plenty of definition and note attack. The guitar weighs 8lbs 10oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with low action, solid intonation, and fresh 10-46 strings.

The mahogany neck has a slender, fast-feeling C shaped profile carve with modest shoulder, measuring .785” deep at the 1st fret and .910” at the 12th. The bound rosewood fretboard features block inlay and FGN’s unique Circle Fretting System with pristine 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 guitar plays effortlessly in every register up the straight neck with an optimally adjusted, 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 vaguely "open book" shape framed by multi-ply binding, a silver FGN logo, and gold Gotoh Rotomatic-style tuners which turn smoothly and hold pitch well with gleaming gold 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 pickup. The stock multi-ply black pickguard and quartet of speed knobs are intact, and the gold hardware has ample shine with just a hint of surface patina. The clear factory protective plastic is still present on the rear control cavity and switch covers, a testament to the sparingly little use this guitar has seen since new. Cosmetic wear is limited to light scuffing in the pick path, a couple stray minuscule marks near the rear strap button, and faint finish scratches in the clear coat of the gloss, mostly relegated to the back of the body. The neck sports a pristine smooth gloss finish.

The original FGN gigbag is included.