- bass guitars
- electric guitars
Sugi Musical Instruments Ltd is a Japanese guitar and bass company founded in 2002 by Makoto "Nick" Sugimoto. Sugimoto has been working in the stringed instrument industry since the 1970s. In 1976, he went to United States to learn guitar repair from Kunio Sugai owner of Performance Guitar Co., also at Hoshino USA. He then returned to Japan and joined Fujigen Inc. from 1978 until 1992 and Fujigen Hirooka Inc. from 1993 when Fujigen Hirooka Inc. was established until 2002 . At Fujigen he worked in R&D, custom guitar building and engineering and took a leading role in Fujigen’s design and manufacturing for twenty years. His designs and abilities were indispensable to Fujigen OEM customers like FENDER, IBANEZ, EPIPHONE, YAMAHA, GRECO, ROLAND, FERNANDES, CASIO, TOBIAS, and to Fujigen’s own brands Heartfield and FgN. Nick has worked for three different Custom Shops during his years in the music industry. First he worked for the “Greco Order Made Section” for two years. Second he established the “Fender Japan Order Made Section” where he made or produced more than 500 guitars. Third he established the “Fujigen Custom Shop” and was the director for 5 years.