During the 1990s there was a slight resurgence in old guitar designs and retro nostalgia. These were the times when Kawai reissued some of the old Teisco guitars, the Danelectro brand was revived, and there were some cool guitars coming out. Surprisingly, Fujigen decided to release these “PP” guitars in several variations. Check out that design! A little bit Galanti, a little bit Teisco, and a little bit Valco…I see all sorts of design inspiration in this guitar! Fujigen is probably the finest of all the Japanese electric guitar makers, and this guitar is just top notch. Maple neck, basswood body, fine components, good pickups, etc., etc. The neck has a nice C shape and isn’t super thin like the Wizard necks Fujigen is so famous for producing.Fujigen has mostly been making guitars for other companies like Ibanez and Fender, so it’s cool to see the Fujigen name on the headstock. These guitars were only sold for short while, and only in Japan. The guitar player in the Japanese band Shonen Knife also endorsed this model (I believe it was Naoko Yamano). I vaguely remember these guitars when they came out because Kurt Cobain really liked the band, and I seem to remember seeing a pic of the band and thinking “what kind of guitar is THAT?”The guitar is really lightweight and has an interesting brushed matte finish that was exclusive to a few of these models. The finish is super durable and wears well. This is the kind of guitar you could sling around all night! The build quality totally reminds me of the Fujigen Fender guitars they were building at the same time, although the electronics seem to be a step up.There was a catalog for these PP guitars but it’s as scarce as finding one of these guitars. It doesn’t list black as one of the colors for the PP4, but here it is! No matter, because I’m just happy Fujigen designed and produced a guitar like this. Fujigen made some really cool models back in the 60s, and when I visited the factory and company executives, I tried my best to convince them to reissue some of their old designs!This is the perfect type of guitar for those who love unique body styles but don’t want to invest in an older guitar that will need work. And these don’t need much work!! I love the pickups on this guitar, and it has a great, strong Telecaster sound, maybe a little Danelectro thrown in there!
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Naoko Yamano had a signature model made by Fujigen, in 1999, I believe. It is quite similar to this guitar, but with many small differences. They were only available by special order in Japan. There was also, I believe, one signature model bass, which was similar in design to the guitar, and is owned by Shonen Knife. I live in the USA, and have a Naoko signature model, one of two in the Western Hemisphere, as far as I know. Mine is serial number 00036.