#1
Hi guys,

I'm looking for a new guitar right now and I really want a V shape with a tremolo bridge, but they seem so rare especially in the affordable price range (~$650 is my budget). Can somebody point me in the right direction to where to look?

Some guitars I'm considering:

Aria Pro II XX Deluxe V
Schecter Blackjack SLS V-1
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#2
Used Jackson King V Pro?

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Should be a few Rhodes types in tat price range used, too.
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#5
Jackson King V
Kramer has a Nite-V FR
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#10
I've heard good things about the new kramer guitars, so the Nite V may be cool. It's also quite cheap so you can afford replacing the pickups if you so desire
#11
Used Jackson King V Pro?

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#12
dannyalcatraz Damn, they make some good looking stuff. Is the Fernandes BSV any good?
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#13
lenivy 

As I recall, the BSV is one of the MiJs that doesn't usually isn't seen on this side of the Pacific.

I own a couple of their Korean-made guitars, and they're as good as any Korean guitar I've ever handled.  And the MiJs are usually better.  

Bottom line: I would not have a problem ordering a MiJ Fernandes online.   I have a few Korean and Japanese .Fernandes axes still on my G.A.S. list. 
Sturgeon's 2nd Law, a.k.a. Sturgeon's Revelation: “Ninety percent of everything is crap.”

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Log off and play yer guitar!

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#15
Definitely worth considering, depending on condition.  Take a good look at the photos & description. I don't see anything major, but I'm no tech. Anyone else want to weigh in?

Shipping from Japan can eat a good deal, so that's not trivial.
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#16
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Be careful, that's a seller that doesn't own the guitar they have listed.  it's getting common with used guitars from japan.
the actual guitar is at Treasure Guitars.  Here it is listed for much less.  
http://www.digimart.net/cat01/shop3740/DS03295643/
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#17
gregs1020 Thanks for the info! But how the hell do I buy anything from that website? I don't have any Yen. (Sorry if it's a dumb question - I never bought anything in foreign currency) 

Also, since I have to import that guitar, do you have any idea how much I will have to pay for the import duty in the US (or whatever it's called)?
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#18
dannyalcatraz The website says it has a "Short scale neck". Idk what that would mean, looks normal to me
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#19
Fenders are 25.5" scale, so I'd assume Les Paul scale- 24.75"- or maybe as short as 24".
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#20
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dannyalcatraz The website says it has a "Short scale neck". Idk what that would mean, looks normal to me

That's what SHE said. 
#21
Quote by lenivy
gregs1020 Thanks for the info! But how the hell do I buy anything from that website? I don't have any Yen. (Sorry if it's a dumb question - I never bought anything in foreign currency) 

Also, since I have to import that guitar, do you have any idea how much I will have to pay for the import duty in the US (or whatever it's called)?

there's a few ways to do this. 
1- you can communicate directly with the store by going to their site and sending in an inquiry.  typically they want a bank transfer as opposed to paypal or credit card.  once they receive payment they ship it to you. if that troubles you, see the next option but you will pay less this way than using a proxy service.

2- use a proxy service.  a few i know of are buyee, rinkya, jauce, fromjapan.  i've used jauce and rinkya with nothing but success and i currently use rinkya even though they are slightly higher price than the others.  imo they make up for it in killer service.  you create an account, enter a method of payment - credit card or paypal, then you would place a "store order".  they go buy it and (depending on which one you choose) take pics and send them to you. rinkya will check over a guitar and let me know if there's any problems not described in the ad.  then they ship it to you very well boxed.  when i say well boxed, you've never received a guitar this well packed.  they wrap the frigging strings on the guitar, i'm not kidding.  

what you end up paying using a proxy.
typically theres a flat fee for store orders, like $40-80 depending on which service.
packing fee, usually $20 gets the thing so packed you could drop it from the moon.  
shipping, via postal service "ems" it's around $110 to the US from japan.
duties and taxes in the US upon arrival - i've brought in about 20 guitars from japan since 2009.  i paid duties and taxes on exactly two of them so far and both guitars cost me over $1000.  It's usually about $75 or $80 for a $1000-1200 guitar, when it was assessed.  18 times, i paid nothing.  

with the current CITES II restrictions it's getting more difficult as sellers/exporters need to complete additional paperwork prior to exporting the guitars than they have done in the past, which is another great reason to use a proxy service that looks out for you.  currently this is only an issue if the guitar has a rosewood fretboard.  essentially if the guitar has a rosewood fretboard the seller needs to register and provide documents showing the guitar as being made prior to Jan of 2017 prior to export.  

i don't often post that long, or give up classified information without first losing a fingernail, so i hope you keep all this between us girls.
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Last edited by gregs1020 at Mar 8, 2017,
#22
gregs1020 Thank you so much for all the info! I will probably use the proxy service
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Guitars:
Epiphone G400 Custom
Yamaha F335
Amp:
Marshall DSL401