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  • Gidday, I live in New Zealand and way back in 1994 I bought my first real guitar a 1993 Fujigen RG370. Now the only Japanese RG370 I can find info about are the 1994 models, but mine differs as it has an original Edge trem, chrome gotoh tuners, standard neck joint, chrome hardware and is solid black (no veneer), but does have the non recessed trem and electrics covers. It has an F311xxx serial. I have recently found two other people here in NZ who also have the RG370 with these specs, another black (F310xxx) and one blue. Does anybody know if these are a resoncast body like the '94s and if they have the same pickups (V6f and RTS which I cant find any specs for)? I've lost the original bridge pickup but the middle reads 5.6k, the neck only has one coil active which reads 7k making it a 14k humbucker all things being equal.

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      Original warranty form

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      Edge bridge, only single coil is original, now has paf pro and gravity storm

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      Std neck joint

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      Original Neck in worse for wear condition

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    • Very interesting. I appreciate the level of detail you've shared. This definitely looks legit and is a model that we definitely don't have documented on the wiki. Since I haven't seen another one, but you're aware of a few locally, I'd have to guess that this was a spot model which may have been sold only in NZ (and maybe Australia?).

      As far as the body material goes, I would bet that it's not Resoncast, since that material wasn't introduced until '94, as far as I know. My guess would be that it's made of basswood.

      It seems like it's fairly similar to the RG470 (1992–1993), although I suspect these pickups are different than the V7/S1/V8 that model sported, since those typically had the name printed on the cover. That said, I don't have a good guess as to which pickups these would be. Unfortunately, I've found that specs and measurements of these in-house pickups are very hard to come by, so the resistance measurements are of little help in identifying them.

      I'm going to put this model on my list and as soon as I have time to do some research into it I'll take that and the great info you've shared and get it added to the wiki.

      Sorry I'm not more help in answering your questions, but I appreciate you sharing what you have.

       \m/ DeeJayKTalk! 14:45, September 17, 2019 (UTC)

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    • I had actually concluded my guitar was a 470 and the 370 on the warranty was a typo haha, although I never tested the pups against the V series specs and the non recessed access covers bothered me... Not sure what a normal RG weighs but this is around 3.8Kg (varies on the scale I have) but it's always 100gm lighter than my SZ320 when I did a few comparison weigh ins. It would appear to be a wizard neck, betweem 17-18mm at its narrowest. I haven't removed the neck (but may do for curiosity) but the guy who owns the blue one says his was stamped 370. My daughter mainly uses it now (11 yr old big Vai fan) hence the pink scheme, although in fairness I dig the look of it too, I joke that it is as close as we'll ever get to owning an Jem FP :)

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    • Yeah, I probably would've called it an RG470 as well if you hadn't provided all that documentation. I agree its most likely a Wizard neck. If you do remove the neck, I'd be interested in seeing what story the stamps on the neck and cavity tell.

      That relatively light weight strengthens the conjecture that it's a basswood body. The Resoncast bodies tend to tip the scale a little higher.

      With the colored pickups, it kinda looks like a six string UV7 Universe. It's great that you're passing your love for guitar onto your daughter. I've tried to do the same with my kids with somewhat mixed results.

       \m/ DeeJayKTalk! 21:49, September 17, 2019 (UTC)

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    • I was actually looking for a cheap guitar for my daughter when I came across a 2nd hand SZ320, one small play and I was hooked, just love the feel of it.

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    • Do you think the BN designation is its colour eg blue neon or blue night? Because, funnily enough, where black is wearing off or where there are chips on my guitar, its got a blue coat underneath. I can hand on heart say I bought it new as a black guitar, weird.

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      Well that's pretty unequivocal

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      I'm no wood expert but I have worked a bit with MDF and that really looks/feels like MDF

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    • Thatdeanguy wrote: I was actually looking for a cheap guitar for my daughter when I came across a 2nd hand SZ320, one small play and I was hooked, just love the feel of it.

      That SZ series seems to have that effect on people, those who have them really love them. I've never owned one (yet), but I've had my eye out for an SZ520FM with the EKG-style inlays.

       \m/ DeeJayKTalk! 14:00, September 18, 2019 (UTC)

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    • Thatdeanguy wrote: Do you think the BN designation is its colour eg blue neon or blue night? Because, funnily enough, where black is wearing off or where there are chips on my guitar, its got a blue coat underneath. I can hand on heart say I bought it new as a black guitar, weird.

      The BN finish code was used for "Blue Night" in '93. Since then it's also been used for "Black Night", so it's hard to say for sure. Blue Night seems more likely.

      But from the overspray in the neck pocket it definitely seems that your guitar has been refinished at some point. From the factory the pockets usually don't have any paint in them. In this case it's pretty evident that someone has screwed a stick onto the pocket (you can see the two extra screw holes in the center) and sprayed it black. It's very odd that would've been done by a retailer prior to sale, but it seems like that's what happened. Maybe the guitar got dinged while it was in the shop?

      I also agree with you that it certainly does look like MDF. Those extra screw holes and that bit where the paint has come off are telltale signs. Maybe this model was a sort of trial run for the Resoncast experiment.

      Thanks for sharing all the details. I'll try to get this one added soon.

       \m/ DeeJayKTalk! 14:32, September 18, 2019 (UTC)

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    • As it happens the store was a small family run affair and I’m still friends with the guy who sold it to me. He can’t remember exactly how they got it but has a feeling they bought it as a one off special from the Rep as it had been factory/supplier damaged and repaired, so I think that explains the colour. I had actually ordered in a white ‘94 JS100 (I had been listening the Time Machine album a lot at the time) but didn’t even see it as my friend tried it when it arrived and hated the trem (he’s got a RG560) he dropped the price of the RG instead and the rest is history.

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    • That fills in the details nicely. I don't think I've ever heard of a guitar getting repainted before reaching the retailer.

      Your friend did you right in terms of steering you away from the JS100. The trem on that guitar almost certainly wouldn't have held up like the Edge trem on your guitar has.

       \m/ DeeJayKTalk! 13:35, September 23, 2019 (UTC)

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    • I've added this model to the wiki: RG370 (1993).

       \m/ DeeJayKTalk! 14:58, September 23, 2019 (UTC)

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    • Sweet, I'll see if I can find some pre pinkover pictures, although mine probably all have a black tonezone in them. I will also ask one of the other guys as his black one is stock, cheers.

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    • Yeah, I considered asking to use a pic of yours, but it's not the most representative in its current state.

      I found a black one for sale on trademe. I was going to contact the seller to ask permission to use a photo of his guitar, but I needed to have an account to contact him. I tried to sign up, but I need an Aussie or NZ address — tried to fake one, but I got denied.

      If you can find a pic of someone elese that would be cool. Otherwise a pic of yours would be cool, too.

       \m/ DeeJayKTalk! 03:14, September 24, 2019 (UTC)

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    • I actually have already asked the guy if he can take/post a few more photos against a neutral background and he's happy to do so. His auction and the discussion we've had on the comments section is what led me to compile the info on the RG370.

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