Up for sale, a 2010 FGN History SH-SV/R electric guitar in near mint condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case and factory paperwork. Crafted exclusively for the Japanese market at the Fujigen Gakki factory and only sold at the Shimamura chain of music shops, this History SH-SV/R is a rare, finely crafted instrument with premium components used throughout. This Strat-style instrument is constructed with American pioneer-era old growth “Heritage Wood” salvaged from the bottom of lakes, offering unmatched integrity and tone. With a solid two-piece alder body, one-piece hard maple neck, thick slab rosewood fretboard, and trio of stock single coil pickups, all of the essential ingredients are in place.
Electronics include a trio of black bobbin RVS-2 single coils with staggered alnico magnets and cloth covered leads, wired to a five-way pickup selector toggle and USA-made CTS pots. Offering a traditional Strat tonal palette, the bridge position is sparkling and clear, while the neck position offers a smoothness and bell-like chime, with a delightfully thinned-out cutting quack in the "in-between" settings. This Heritage weighs 8lbs 4oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, accurate intonation, and low action.
The maple neck has a slender C shaped profile carve with good shoulder and lightly rolled fretboard edges, representative of Fender's early '60s neck shapes, measuring .815” deep at the 1st fret and .955” at the 12th. The thick slab 22 fret rosewood fretboard features dot 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 scale length is a full 25 1/2“, and the bone nut measures 1 5/8“ in width. The headstock features a raised metallic History logo with stock set of Kluson-style Gotoh tuners that turn smoothly and hold pitch well.
On the body, the stock electronics function as intended, with a five-way selector switch, Master Volume, and pair of Tone controls for the trio of single coils. The aged plastic parts are clean as can be, and the factory clear protective plastic and CFS advert is still intact on the pickguard, indicative of the sparingly little use this guitar has seen in the past decade. Cosmetically, this guitar is showroom clean with barely a scratch on it. The three-tone Sunburst gloss finish is nigh flawless on the body, and the neck profile is equally clean.
The original hardshell case is included, complete with factory paperwork.