If you’re accustomed to playing high end Japanese-made instruments, the likelihood is that you’ve already played a FGN (Fujigen); the company originally built its reputation as an OEM manufacturer for the world’s most respected brands. Now, with their own range of guitars hailing from the legendary Fujigen factory in Matsumoto, they exercise creative independence over instrument design, while maintaining their time-won attention to detail.
This Tele-style J Standard Iliad JIL-ASH-DE664-M model has been designed for metal players. Its 26.14" (664mm) scale length allows the use of drop tunings, while maintaining exquisite tension, sound and playability even in Drop-C tuning. Unique to FGN guitars is the Circle Fretting System (C.F.S.). Slightly curved frets are mounted so as to ensure that each string and fret intersects at right angles, minimising the contact surface. The result is accurate pitch, cleaner, longer sustain and true harmonics. Another unique feature - the J-Standard Fret Edge treatment - contributes to much smoother fingering.
Unique features and outstanding build quality are met by top-quality components. The J Standard Iliad JIL-ASH-DE664-M is fitted with Gotoh SG381-07 MG-T locking tuners, resulting in silky smooth tuning action, superb tuning stability, and lightning fast string changes. Twin EMG pickups - an 81TW in the neck and 85 in the bridge - complement the longer scale, allowing for the heaviest of solos and riffs.