Hello TDPRI. I would like to post a review of my newly acquired FGN guitar. When I was considering buying this guitar (second hand) there where hardly any reviews about this guitar in particular and FGN J-Standard in general. I took the gamble and bought it. I wasn't sorry. Build: The only thing every review I could find mentioned is the high standard of craftsmanship that went in to building these guitars. And the second I picked up this guitar for the first time I could confirm this. It's a great piece of wood and the fit and finish is impeccable. The gloss poly finish isn't to thick but perfect. The neck pocket is so tight that the mounting screws are only the for decorative reasons (this might be a slight exaggeration ). I have a 2015 Les Paul Junior and that is way on the other side of the "craftsmanship spectrum". Compare the two guitars and the gibson is a total piece of garbage. It barely makes up for this with playabillity and mojo. The neck has a very comfortable satin finish. To me the profile is right on the border between "nice and slim" and "nice and chunky". So it's very nice. The profile feels slightly D-shaped but it can pass for a C-shaped. The fretwork is outstanding. No sharp edges and a perfect crowning. This guitar is fitted with the "circular fretting system". It means that the frets are very slightly curved. You can barely see it and definitely can't feel it. It's supposed to help for notes to be more in tune than with standard fretting systems. I don't know the science behind it but the guitar intonates perfectly. It has a modern style, six saddle bridge which is made of nice, thick solid steel. The sound: The guitar is fitted with a Seymour Duncan Jerry Donahue single coil bridge pickup and a Seymour Duncan SH-1 alnico humbucker in the neck. The humbucker measured 8,2 kohm so it's fairly vintage output. I haven't A/B'ed the guitar with a more traditional telecaster but I think this guitar has slightly more mid focus and the highs are more airy and soft than forward and present. But it still has a nice acoustic quality when played clean. With overdrive and fuzz (and I use a lot) it howls and sings but still has plenty of cut. No signs of microphonic squeeling. The potmeters are Alpha and, again, have a nice quality feel about them. The tapers and values feel just right. The Volume control has been factory fitted with a treble bleed which does the job (again) just right. The only thing that's bothering me is the fact that there is barely any difference in sound between the three way switch in neck position or middle position. Conclusion: As you can tell I am very impressed with this guitar. It looks stunning. A sort of soldibody hybrid between a '69 Thinline and 72 deluxe. The sunburst really pops. The build quality is outstanding and it oozes with decades of guitar-building experience. The sound is punchy with definition and attack. Sustain is plenty. It's a little more "Allround" than a real vintage style Telecaster and adjusts more to different styles of music than impart it's sound on it. The only niggle I had is the middle position sound I mentioned before. I understand that this is more the result of a mismatch in impedance than in output between the two pickups. The other thing is a totally subjective one: i wish the neck had a tinted finish. The neck doesn't quite gel with the body visually. But again, this is subjective and has nothing to do with the quality of this great instrument. FGN guitars are not really cheap guitars but looking at quality and playability you get more than enough bang for your buck.