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Fujigen basses

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by bal704, Dec 12, 2013.

  1. bal704

    bal704 Supporting Member

    Jan 21, 2004
    In the Great Southwest
    Any direct experience with the US online store for Fujigen guitars and basses?


    Wondering how long shipping times are, quality etc.
  2. CnB77


    Jan 7, 2011
    I do not have experience with that store in particular but all the Fujigen instruments I've handled were top notch.
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  3. bal704

    bal704 Supporting Member

    Jan 21, 2004
    In the Great Southwest
    I'm not sure if I've ever played one, but I've heard great things.

    $849 shipped for a 5-string jazz made in Japan sounds like a great deal. Almost like there should be a catch, if you know what I mean.
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  4. I think the catch is that it's not really a 'name' brand even though they have made many instruments for other manufacturers, to a lot of players 'Fujigen' means nothing
  5. vdub75


    Feb 15, 2013
    our geetarplayerjust gut a fgn/fujigen les paul custom and it is stunning for about 1.300$
  6. bh2


    Jun 16, 2008
    Oxford, UK
    Yes... My Silver Series Precision came out of Fujigen... bloody good bass.
  7. mpdd

    mpdd neoconceptualist

    Mar 24, 2010
    yep, my silver series squier jazz is awesome too
  8. fgnbtz


    Nov 26, 2008
    Tampa, FL
    I've owned a FGN Neo Classic Jazz since 08, and I love it and never want to get rid of it. It is the lightest Jazz I've ever played, and the sound is great (although I would like to put some Basslines in it, at some point)
  9. Johnny Crab

    Johnny Crab ACME,QSC,Fame/Hondo/Greco user & BOSE Abuser Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 11, 2004
    South Texas
  10. hands5


    Jan 15, 2003
    good 'ol USA/Tampa fla.
    I'm sure these are great instruments, but are they that much better than the new Squires VM Series Basses ? I'm jus asking :eek:
  11. bassbully

    bassbully Endorsed by The PHALEX CORN BASS..mmm...corn!

    Sep 7, 2006
    Blimp City USA
    IMO yes very much so.
  12. Old Blastard

    Old Blastard

    Aug 18, 2013
    I bought an expert jazz bass from FGN's online store in February and the guitar is amazing. It has great sound, it plays amazingly fast and came set up from the factory ready to play. I have three FGN-made Fenders from back in the day and this takes that quality and raises it by far.

    I had no problem contacting them or getting the bass. If you're looking for a great jazz bass with great quality, I highly recommend them.

    I've played several Fender American Jazz basses and a custom shop and I believe the quality is equal to the custom shop for a lot less. Both the high end -- the one I bought -- and the lower end basses are made in Japan. The difference is Alnico5 pickups, better tone wood and a brass bridge plus a case for the higher end bass.
  13. Dragan


    Oct 5, 2009
    I played only two FGN jazz basses over the last couple years,but heres my 34 cents...

    -Neo classic jazz 4 strings. As I heard they are out of production now,as they focused on their own design and line like above mentioned J series. That bass is a killer J bass, very comfy,light, well worth to give it a try.

    -J standard mighty jazz 5, that was a dissapointement. heavy, with broad unplayable neck, cheapo looking cheapo sounding pick ups. For 800 USD,I'd buy my self Yamaha TRBX any day and good DI box on top.
  14. Al Berry

    Al Berry

    Jan 15, 2008
    Los Angeles area
    I have a 2012 Custom a Fujigen a Classic J Bass with a maple neck and mother of pearl block inlays with a custom genuine silver and gold sparkle pickguard that I may sell..
    It has been my backup to my number one 75 Fender Jazz Bass for the last few years.. Honestly it's bulit more like a Sadowsky than a Fender.. Solid, reliable and tonally pristine! I wiish they had stayed with that recipe... Great build, tone, pickups, frets..
    If it ain't broke don't fix it!

    Still on fence about sale.. But may???
  15. Anyone got any pics we could drool over?
  16. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    central NY state
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
    So is Fujigen kinda the modern version of the 70's Matsumoku?
  17. B String

    B String Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2002
    Los Angeles
    Fujigen was making basses for Fender under the Heartfield name for a number of years before Fender was big on five string basses. with all the great basses I have, my DR 5 is still one of my favorites to play. Perfect balance, plays like a sports car, and has a 33.75 length neck.
    This factory has been making basses for major companies since the 80's. They can do anything from low end to boutique.
  18. MrWalker


    Apr 3, 2002
    Some totally fabulously looking guitars there, I would wish they had a little more exciting basses, too! Obviously they are capable enough! :)
  19. Not modern, contemporary. Fujigen were founded in 1960, Mats started almost ten years prior but became a subsidiary of Singer & produced all their cabinetwork until the early 60s.
    Singer nearly went bust in 1986 & the factory closed in 1987.

    Fujigen manufactured for Hoshino (a.k.a. Ibanez) into the 80s. There's a sporting chance that they may have produced Aria stuff when the Matsumoku factory was going titzup.
  20. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    central NY state
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
    Yeah, long company histories and lots of curious and interesting connections, glad they're still at it. ;)