The Fujigen name is well known in the circles I travel in. Established in 1960, the company is famous for the instruments it makes for companies such as Ibanez and Fender, and their quality has been held up as a benchmark for decades. Fujigen is now making guitars under the name FGN Guitars, and while they bare some obvious inspirations, the company is not setting out to merely make exact replicas of any particular instrument.
The FGN Guitars J-Standard JST-5M/3S is undeniably Stratocaster-like in its inspiration, at least from a distance, but there are a few distinctive deviations from the form which help to give the guitar its own identity. The body is basswood (rather than the more traditional alder), and this wood is known for its even frequency response and slightly more compressed dynamic range – both factors that make it play especially well with effect pedals.