Japan guitar stores, amazing.. w/pics

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  1. Pa'ani

    Pa'ani Supporting Member

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    Cool trip! Japan has some really great music stores and shops...
    Thanks for sharing your pics.
     
  2. sinasl1

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    wow I can't believe I can't find an english map of tokyo online. What a pain. Anyways it's not too hard to find- any cab driver will know if you just say "ochanomizu station"... you'll get dropped off right where the block of guitar stores starts. It's pretty central too. Not out in the boonies or anything.

    Most good hotels will have english maps to give you and the concierge should be able to show you where Ochanomizu is. I'm getting good at the subway there! i can get around really easy now. It's a bit scary at first but then you quickly realize how simple it is, as long as you have a good english subway map.
     
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    OMG!! Time to buy a one-way ticket to Japan! :dude
     
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    I have an October trip to Japan. Looking forward to it!
     
  5. 5E3

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    Wow! There is no way I could walk out a store like that without a guitar in my hands. :D
     
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    Did you see the stuff on the 5th floor?! all vintage. full of late 50's teles and les pauls. hundreds of thousands of dollars of gear.

    wow
     
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    I wonder...if you went to these guitar shops with a vintage guitar...say an excellent condition vintage Melody Maker with the original case, could you trade this for say a Navigator '59 Les Paul?
     
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    I usually stay in Shibuya and take one of the JR Chuo train to Ochanomizu. The guitar stores start right next the the train station.
    http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e2372.html

    Also, there are good stores in Shibuya and Shinjuku.
     
  9. Figher53

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    I've been there and it's all it's hyped up to be. Absolutely stunning stuff. Up on that fabled 5th floor was a Leo Fender prototype strat... Insane. Funniest thing is that I wound up not buying anything from there, but later on we passed by a vintage guitar store in Chiba on our way to a gig and I wound up scoring an all original '74 hardtail strat for $1200. (This was back in '98) To this day I'm still kicking myself for ever selling it...
     
  10. gassyndrome

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    All those vintage LP's and that Flying V seem to be part of ESP's collection or something right? (based on that poster behind them)

    Do you think they make their Navigators/ESP's/Edwards off those shapes/templates? Must be handy reference tools :AOK
     
  11. devilrob1979

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    That's precisely what they do.
     
  12. Steve Gambrell

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    So what kind of prices are on this stuff?
     
  13. Zexcoil

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    All right, twist my arm...

    I'll resurrect this one more time!

    Here's my trip report from Tokyo last summer that has some info on subway lines, etc.

    https://www.thegearpage.net/board/index.php?threads/263725
     
  14. 5E3

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    We need one of the TGP brethren who is living in Japan to start taking guitar orders for us. Go find the guitar and ship it back to us here in the lower 48. Add a little fee for the effort :D
     
  15. tibobibo

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    Wow! sinasl1, where approx. is that shop? I'm going in August... :BEER
     
  16. FourT6and2

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    hmmm...I'd do it...but it's just a pain in the ass.
     
  17. hour9

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    So what are the prices on these guitars and effects? How do they compare to USA prices?
     
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    See this is the kind of thing you just can't tell gear hounds... now all day... now that the basic mythology of epic awesome guitar stores in Japan is confirmed... along with the Osaka ethos of aparently gorging yourself on food and drink all night... now I'll be pricing plane tickets and wanting to go to Japan... thanks a pantload for the awesome pics.

    I still want a damned Edwards 335 with the block inlay.
     
  19. BluePowder

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    It's like waking up in our version of heaven!

    Absolutely killer, that wall of Zemaitis guitars takes the cake for me.

    Thanks for sharing the pics Pete, were you on tour there by the way?
     
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