Price paid: $ 100
Purchased from: some dude off craigslist
Features: 1999 Made in JAPAN, FujiGen Gakki.
*24 frets, 34" 3pc thin maple neck, rosewood fretboard
*VERY light basswood body
*2 ADX5 pups
*Active EQ, 6 knobs (volume, pickup blender, two double knobs for tone control)
Korn's K5 sig is based off this, but made in less prestigious countries like Korea and Indonesia. This one's the original, MIJ! // 10
Sound: Punchy or growly, jazzy or metal, you can really dial in just about anything. Very versatile controls, maybe even too versatile. Haven't quite figured all of them out, to be honest. It's got some serious tone. And it's seriously tweakable.
Guy who sold it claimed it was a bit too modern for him. Though, really, imho you can dial in some old school sounds too. Maybe it gets better than this, but certainly not for under $1k. // 10
Action, Fit & Finish: Everything was great, except for a long crack in the finish that was probably the cause of the low sale price. Whatever. Didn't affect the sound, didn't get bigger, didn't flake or anything. Looked more like a knife cut, can't for the life of me imagine how that happened. Boxcutter? // 9
Reliability & Durability: Yeah, seems pretty sturdy. Finish slashed in one place, but, again, I'm not sure how that happened, and it certainly took someone some creative effort. Electronics are dependable, tuners are stable, bridge is made of decent metal, knobs are sturdy and solid. Everything is like new. Oh, wait, strap button fell out. It is 12 years old, though, so... Get decent straplocks, I guess. // 8
Overall Impression: Concerning styles, I'm pretty sure it's good for just about anything. However, it was mainly popular with the numetal crowd. Fear Factory, Korn and the like gigged it. Korn's K5 sig is based on Fieldy's bass, which was the SR885. Same specs, but gaudier colours, and now made in Korea and Indonesia or something... So this is the better original. // 10