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2003 FGN History Dignity ZLC-90 Black Beauty Custom Electric Guitar Ebony, Japan Fujigen


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Up for sale, a 2003 FGN History Dignity ZLC-90 electric guitar in excellent, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. Crafted exclusively for the Japanese market at the renowned Fujigen Gakki factory and only sold at the Shimamura chain of music shops, this History Dignity ZLC-90 is particularly rare. This no-corners-cut instrument features a Timeless Timber carved maple top, with Timeless Timber mahogany body and neck with long tenon, capped with a bound rosewood fingerboard.

Timeless Timber premium wood (in recent years rebranded by Fujigen as "Heritage Wood") is milled from logs that sank during the logging boom of the 1800s and early 1900s. These woods are preserved by the icy temperatures and low oxygen content of the waters of the Great Lakes, offering old growth cuts that haven't been available for over a century. The seasoned tonewoods translate a traditional LP tonal palette through the stock pair of humbuckers, each measuring in the low-wind PAF range at 7.3k ohms. The 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. The guitar weighs 8lbs 15oz, 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, rounded 60s-style C shaped profile carve with modest shoulder, measuring .810” deep at the 1st fret and .899” at the 12th. The bound rosewood fretboard features split pearloid block inlay and FGN’s unique Circle Fretting System with 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 frets show just a hint of uniform wear on the crowns of frets 1-7, and virtually no wear further up the fretboard. The guitar plays effortlessly in every register up the straight neck with an optimally adjusted, responsive truss rod. The bound headstock features History and Dignity inlays, and the gold set of Grover Rotomatic tuners turn smoothly and hold pitch well.

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 black speed knobs are intact, and the gold hardware shows uniform surface patina on the plating. Cosmetic wear includes scuffing in the pick path, light surface scratches mostly relegated to the back of the body, and light marks on the sides of the lower bout. The neck sports a smooth gloss finish with just a few shallow marks that are not distracting to the palm.

A gigbag is included.