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.