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Company Profile

Company Name : Sugi Musical Instruments Ltd.
Address : 1-2-16 Hirata-nishi, Matsumoto, Nagano 399-0015 JAPAN.
Phone : 0263-28-5080 FAX : 0263-87-3535
C.E.O : Makoto “Nick” Sugimoto
Established : June.6 2002
Our work : Stringed instrument manufacture, sales, design and consulting

In the few short years since the founding of Sugi Musical Instruments, we have grown to become a recognized force in the Japanese music scene. Our extreme attention to quality and detail, coupled with our fresh innovative original designs have been recognized by leading professional musicians and the everyday musician as well Founded by industry veteran Nick Sugimoto, and made up of some of the most talented craftsmen in Japan, Sugi guitars are proud to now present themselves to the worlds music scene

Sugi Musical Instruments Ltd.


Chief Design Engineer / Master Craftsman

Nick has been working in the stringed instrument industry for more than thirty five years. In 1976, he went to United States for 1 year and studied guitar repair from Kunio Sugai owner of Performance Guitar Co., also at Hoshino USA. After he came back to Japan he joined Fujigen Inc. from 1978 until 1992 and Fujigen Hirooka Inc. from 1993 when Fujigen Hirooka Inc. was established until 2002 . During this time he worked for 23 years in R&D, custom guitar building and engineering. He has been the main force at Fujigen in the creation and engineering of all Fujigen’s design and manufacturing for twenty years. His designs and abilities have been indispensable to customers like FENDER USA and JAPAN, IBANEZ, EPIPHONE, YAMAHA, GRECO, ROLAND, FERNANDES, CASIO, TOBIAS, and many other OEM customers and of cource Fujigen’s own brands Heartfield and FgN. He has worked at the Fender Custom Shop in 1990 to help in the design work for a joint venture with Fender Musical Instruments and Fujigen Inc.
In his 23 years at Fujigen he has written up more than 1,500 engineering spec. sheets and engineering packages for manufacturing. You can see a lot of his ideas in the catalogs of the brands listed above.
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”. He has been the General Director of Fujigen Custom Shop for the last five years.

TopArtists Relations

Professional Musicians Nick has worked with

  • Steve Vai
  • Joe Satriani
  • George Benson
  • Allan Holdsworth
  • Lee Ritenour
  • Steve Lukather
  • Masaki Mtsubara
  • Tsuyoshi Kon
  • Pat Metheny
  • John Scofield
  • Steve Miller
  • Phil Collen
  • Jaco Pastorius
  • Z.Z.Top
  • Chiharu Mikuzuki
  • Fumio Yanagisawa
  • Bob Weir
  • Sting
  • Paul Gilbert
  • Victor Bailey
  • Adrian Belew
  • Yngwie J. Malmsteen
  • Takumi “Fire” Matsuda
  • Hojin Egawa
  • Paul Stanley
  • Joe Pass
  • Billy Sheehan
  • Air Supply
  • Kenny Loggins
  • Allman Brothers
  • Ju-Ken

. . . and many others.

 

TopSugi Staff
HagiwaraWood Shop
Production Manager

Isami  Hagiwara

 

“After graduating from the ESP Guitar Craft Academy Hagiwara worked at the Fujigen factory for 7 years before joining Sugi Guitars. He is in charge of all woodworking aspects of the guitars.
Hagiwara is responsible for setting all quality standards for our guitars.”
His hobby : Fishing

Kimura Assembly Manager

Yuichi  Kimura

 

“Kimura has a degree in Industrial engineering and from his first working experience was able to combine this with his passion for playing guitar. Kimura worked for many years in guitar R&D at the Fujigen factory where his design work was used by brand such as Fender, Ibanez, Casio and many others. Kimuras obsession for perfection shows in his assembly and setup of each and every Sugi Instrument.”

His hobby : Motorbike, Motorcar

KoshiharaWood Shop Manager

Yoshinori    Koshihara

 

“Koshihara graduated from a Recording Engineering school and his first working experience was FUJIGEN Inc.
Koshihara worked for 16 years in guitar Engieneering at the Fujigen factory where his design work was used by brands such as Fender, Ibanez and many others.
His hobby is model cars and he loves fine detail work with his hand.”
His hobby : Guitar play, Plastic model

Ryugo Assembly Shop
US Production Coordinator

Ryugo  Sugimoto

 
After moving to Southern California and graduating from College in San Diego he returned to Japan in 2005 and joined us. Ryugo works both in the woodshop and assembly shop.
 

His hobby : Basketball

AnanWood Shop,Web Editor

Masato  Anan

 
Masato joined us 2010. After graduating from Shinshu Univ. He visited the Sugi Factory a couple of times until a slot opened up. He works in the Wood shop.
He was bone in Kyusyu island and moved to Big City.
His hobby : Photography

KitsuAssenbly Shop,Wood Shop

Hiroshi  Kitsu

 
Hiroshi joined us Jan. 2012. He spent many years in one of Japan’s well known large factories. He knows all aspects of guitar making from the wood shop to final assembly.

 

His hobby : Wood sculpture, Snowboard

IoriWood Shop

Iori  Sugimoto

 
Iori joined us Mar. 2012. Studying about making guitar hard now.

 

 

His hobby : Basketball

MarunouchiDomestic Sales Manager

Teppei
   Marunouchi

 
Teppei joined us in 2011. He is in charge of distribution and sales for all of Japan.

 

His hobby : DVD viewing

 

yamazakiPaint Shop

Tomohisa    Yamazaki

 
Yamazaki joined us Jun. 2015
 

His hobby : Music appreciation

 

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