(SOLD) FGN PP3-550 Textured Blue 1995
Fujigen PP3-550, blue, made in Japan around 1995. It's awesome, yeah? This model was made under legendary guitar makers Fujigen Gakki's house brand, a few years before the FGN brand became the big thing it is today. The factory was building tonnes of guitars for Fender and Ibanez at the time, so they were in good form. This model was made famous by Japanese all-girl renegade garage pop punks Shonen Knife, who exploded internationally when they landed the Nevermind tour of Europe with a little band called Nirvana. It's super fun to play: the neck is comfy, round and super easy in the hands, and at 3kg it's very lightweight. The matte finish has a fleck through it, so it has a certain tactile appeal in the hands. The combo of an LP-style bridge, chambered body and the three lipstick pickups lends this a very immediate sound. It's glassy and spanky, with a hi-fi sparkle balanced by a walloping attack and rounded lows. It sounds awesome, perfect for surf, punk or indie stuff. It looks a bit like a cartoon guitar: weird, but I'm totally on board for it. It's a party guitar, through and through.
Model: FGN PP3-550
Made: Japan, 1995 approx, Fujigen Gakki plant
Finish: blue, matte with spatter texture
Body: basswood, chambered
Neck: maple, rosewood fretboard, 25" scale, 12" radius, 42mm nut
Pickups: FGN lipstick single coil x3
Cosmetic condition notes: minor finish wear. The headstock has some dimples on the end and bottom edge, as well as some scuffs on the back and around the logo on the front. The neck is clean and smooth in the hands, The back has some dimples in the elbow area and near the top edge, as well as some scuffs along the back edge and bottom corner. The sides have dimples around the whole body, some scuffs in the elbow area, a bald patch near the jack and some rub wear on the bottom horn. The front has scuffs around the tailpiece, dimples in the elbow area and near the knobs and some play wear on the guard and horns.
Overall: very good condition (8/10)
Playing condition notes: Action is low, neck is straight, intonation is good, truss rod works. All electronics tested and working properly. Wearing fresh 11/49 Moonshiners strings.
Fret life: 8/10, minor wear only