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FGN Fujigen JMJ-R

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by mouthmw, Jun 30, 2013.

  1. mouthmw

    mouthmw Supporting Member

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    Anyone have/tried this bass?
    Looks like an interesting take on a jazz bass. I was wondering if it would be a good upgrade from a squier cv jazz. Thoughts?
  2. cnltb

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    I have tried FGN basses( not sure if that specific model) and liked them VERY MUCH.
  3. irvinz

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    has too much gas
    they are nice. HUGE step up from the squiers. needs a lot of time to setup nicely tho
  4. mouthmw

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    Took me a while to setup my squier but I'm not into too low of an action since I often pound on it and play hard.
    Why does it take longer to setup fgn?
  5. irvinz

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    has too much gas
    I found some of the hardware a bit off. Could have just been badly setup at the factory tho. Not a fan of the bridge, mate that bought one is wanting to get the bridge swapped out first ad his first upgrade.

    Otherwise, neck etc is feeling pretty nice
  6. mouthmw

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    http://www.fgnguitars.com/jmj_r.html

    These are the ones I've been looking at.
    Bridge looks solid to me but I guess it could be of lesser quality. I've never had a problem with the squier cv massive bridge, not really picky I guess. :)
  7. Bassamatic

    Bassamatic keepin' the beat since the 60's Supporting Member

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    Saw them at NAMM, and was very impressed with the fit and finish and sound. Not so impressed with the list prices.
  8. mouthmw

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    I can get a new one here for the price of mim fender. There's one that looks like an exact copy of fender jazz looks wise but that one is almost double the price.
    You don't think those are worth the mim price?
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  10. irvinz

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    has too much gas
    It's like paying for a Japanese fender I guess :)
  11. mouthmw

    mouthmw Supporting Member

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    A guy told me the construction was good but the tone was lackluster and with a pup change it might improve.
  12. denchiq

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    If it is a Japan-made FGN (I don't know if there are non-Japan made ones at all but I'm wondering about the price), so, if it is a Japanese FGN, go for it, they are very well built. FGN is a Japan inner market series (and I have yet to come across one that is made sloppy). I am sure you know FujiGen Gakki has been making top-of-the-line Ibanez, Greco, Yamaha et al., and FGN is a brand name that they themselves came up with.
  13. TRichardsbass

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    Welcome to the new world of Japanese made instruments. If you read their website it is clear that they are made in Japan, but they now use a multitude of factories and also take advantage of the fact that they are OEM for several brands and gain production efficiency and lower costs. Also, I find it interesting that their wood expert is called "plywood specialist". Now that may just be an interpretation but they might just be making the bodies of ash in a plywood form, not unlike they did years ago.

    All of the people involved in FGN have long histories in the industry, and they now automate and use as much non-touch labor as possible. Lowers the cost.

    Now, as for quality, I played them at NAMM and have tried some that I have seen come through with players on tour. I find them to be excellent. I put them in the same category as Carvin. Good, solid basses with quality features, with solid tone. Yes, the pickups are meant to be solid J bass sounding, which they do. They are great platforms for pickup mods. Choose your favorite upgrade pickup and they will sound exactly as you would expect once mounted on the bass.

    Most players here on TB buy Squier basses, make a series of small tweaks and mods (pickups being one of the most prevalent) and sing the praises. The FGN will be no different.

    If you want a J Bass styled instrument that is a workhorse at a good price point, FGN will be one for sure.

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