Buying Japanese Guitars.

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  1. whitehall

    whitehall Member

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    I see lot's of posts on ESP, Edwards, Orville, Burny etc. Consider this a public service post. Almost ALL NEW Jp guitars can be had from Ishibashi in Japan. They have 17 stores and their service is top notch. They are cheaper than all the jap resellers on ebay. They take plastic too. In fact this is where the resellers get a lot of their guitars from. They just call them 2000's model instead on brand new , or NOS. Used guitars, Orville, Tokai, Greco ,Etc. Go to www.yahoo.com click on auctions, click on Japan. Type in the brand name you are looking for. Surprise !! there they are , at about 40-50% less than you're paying on ebay. Now buying from there is a little tricky, most of the sellers won't ship overseas--sound familier ? - but if you can find someone who speaks Japanese you can email enough sellers till you hit on one who will.
     
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    As far as I know Ishibashi can get pretty much any guitar but for brands they don't really carry (like ESP/Edwards) they charge list price.
     
  3. whitehall

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    I've been buying from Noriko at Ishi for about 5 years. In addition to the fact that we (the Americans) don't pay the Japan tax, we also don't pay any import duty or fee of any kind- at least I never have- and to make it all that much sweeter, we get an additional 13% break because of the current Yen/dollar value. The Tokai LS90F I bought this year was almost $100 less than the same guitar I bought in 2005 becuse of the currency change.
     
  4. Tomo

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    Ikebe music is good. For looking Vintage Tokai, I usually conract small stores
    in Japan so before they sell it, you can buy it. Some Fenders, Gibsons are
    cheaper than here in U.S.????

    That's right. Make a Japanese friend over there to do all.

    Tomo
     
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    I bought a pedal from Ikebe .. the site confused me utterly, but once I got hold of a rep who spoke English it was all plain sailing, they were great.
     
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    I bought a (high dollar) guitar from Walkin' Guitars in Tokyo. It was a wonderful experience.
     
  7. Tomo

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    I was there in late May. People are so nice. I wanted to play Gibson ES335
    Carlton model. A store person changed strings for me to play. Taku Sakashta's guitars were there.

    www.yahoo.co.jp

    http://list5.auctions.yahoo.co.jp/jp/22436-category.html

    http://list5.auctions.yahoo.co.jp/jp/22476-category.html

    http://list5.auctions.yahoo.co.jp/jp/22488-category.html

    http://list5.auctions.yahoo.co.jp/jp/2084201044-category-leaf.html

    Effects!


    Tomo
     
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    You guys are pure evil... :crazyguy It's bad enough to have these boards and eBay, now you're teaching me how to bid on Japanese guitar auctions. This can't be good.:rotflmao Thanks though...

    Steve
     
  9. Glowing Tubes

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    Thanks for the tip, tried it and found nothing. Went to yahoo.com, finally found auctions but there is no "Japan" to click on. Can someone post a link or ??
     
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    How do you get in touch with somebody from Ikebe who speaks english?
     
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    After finding the pedal I wanted on the Ikebe website, I clicked on various buttons until a textbox popped up that looked like a form to request info. My request was basically "Help, I want to buy this pedal but I only speak English" .. I got an immediate reply email in Japanese which I think was automated, and then someone contacted me in under 24 hours .. everything went very smoothly after that, they were polite, efficient and prompt. I wouldn't hesitate to use them again if they had something I wanted that wasn't available locally.
     
  12. whitehall

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    . 1st scroll down on the left under services and click auctions. Then scroll down on the right until you see international sites and click Japan.
     
  13. telest

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    http://auctions.yahoo.co.jp/jp/

    Type Edwards in the search box, a bunch will come up. Didn't spend much time on it yet, should be an english side somewhere. Here's a link to a currency converter which will come in handy:

    http://www.xe.com/ucc/

    Steve
     

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