FGN or Fujigen is the famous factory in Matsumoto, Japan that produces the Ibanez Prestige and J-Custom line of guitars.
But FGN is also a stand alone brand separate from Ibanez. They apply their own designs and the same methods & craftsmanship, without the price premium of the Ibanez brand name.
This is their J Standard Iliad model, inspired by the Fender Telecaster.
From FGN –
“Established in 1960, FUJIGEN has been manufacturing guitars, basses and ukuleles for many world famous labels for half a century. As the original manufacturer, we are responsible for the high quality (and probably for the success) of many of the world’s most respected brands.”
- Construction - Bolt-On
- Body – Alder
- Finish - Polyester
- Neck - Maple U-Shape
- Fingerboard - Rosewood 250mm R
- Scale - 25.5 "(648 mm)
- Frets - 22F Medium CFS
- Tuners - GOTOH® SD91-05M
- Bridge - FGN FJIL-6WSTD
- Hardware Colour - Chrome & Nickel
- Pickups - Seymour Duncan
- Controls – 1 Volume, 1 Tone w / Push-Pull SW (Tap), 3 Way Lever Sw
This guitar is well made & the fit and finish is impressive. The gloss poly finish isn't too thick and the neck has a very comfortable satin finish. The neck profile is right on the border between "nice and slim" and "nice and chunky", so it's a very comfortable “medium”.
Fretwork is good - no sharp edges and nice crowning. It has a modern style, six saddle bridge which is made of thick solid steel.
We think from factory specs that the guitar is fitted with a Seymour Duncan Jerry Donahue single coil bridge pickup and a Seymour Duncan SH-1 alnico humbucker in the neck.
The pickups have slightly more mid focus and the highs are more airy than brash. The guitar has a nice acoustic quality when played unplugged, but with a little overdrive it sings, with plenty of cut. The pots have a nice quality feel about them, with good taper and a coil tap for the neck humbucker.
This FGN is a little more of an allrounder compared to a vintage style Telecaster and is easily capable of covering all genres of music. It is in excellent, almost new condition. Not much evidence of player wear, no visible fret wear, & everything works as it should. And the Silver Burst finish is quite stunning.
FGN guitars are quite affordable but certainly not “cheap” guitars. For overall quality and playability you get more than enough bang for your buck with this one.
Comes in its original quality FGN gig bag in good condition.