#1
As luck would have it, I'll be taking a work-related trip to Japan for a month this summer.

Does anyone here have any experience with shopping in Japan and know where/how/what to shop for in terms of Gear when I'm over there?
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#3
Buy as much as possible then just resell and and make big profit
1. buy lost of stuff
2.resell stuff when you get back
3???????????
4.PROFIT!
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#4
i hear japanese boss pedals are far better... not a big fan of boss in the first place so i dont know...


definitely hit up there fender stores... jaguars and such for rediculously low prices
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#5
yup Edwards (ESP) make superior guitars for the japanese market only. Perhaps it would be cool to go on a day trip to Nagoya where Ibanez headquarter is located, they might have some kind of shop/try it your self-area there, very common in Japan.
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Just a FYI they were also sold in the states as a limited run.. And theres still a few running around...


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#9
yea i heard you can get some really good stuff there for cheap too... but the only thing i would be concerned with is a bunch of fakes running around. I was at a guitar shop and talking to one of the workers, and I was asking about this gibson sg standard they had in the window and said someone got it from over there...

the bridge seemed to be a couple of centimeters off alignment, and the inlay work was horrible... but i would just say as long as you can spot a fake go for it, lol
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Tokyo? Go to Ishibashi! There is a whole guitar district apparently in Tokyo
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#11
^ ishibashi is supposedly over priced
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#12
Just make sure you know what you're buying.

Lots o rip-offs over there. Cosmetically (right term?) an item may look just like it's counterpart over here, but all too often they're junky remakes that don't work past a day. Might be cheaper, but you'd be buying failing parts.
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#13
OK. Since you are going to Japan you must look at this linky, as i believe this is all in Japan.

Actually, anyone who is up for some serious Guitar and Gear pOrnage needs to look at this if you have not seen it already.

This will get your motor running. I saved it as a Favorite:

Sitting down? (oh, wait....prolly)

https://www.ultimate-guitar.com/forum/showthread.php?t=684401

enjoy
#15
1. Buy a sh*tload of Edwards Les Pauls (various finishes)
2. Buy all of Caparison's stock from the past few months.
3. Get a few Japan Exclusive ESPs
4. Give them to me for free?!?

Seriously, Edwards and Caparison are a must try from Japan.
#17
Quote by 311ZOSOVHJH
OK. Since you are going to Japan you must look at this linky, as i believe this is all in Japan.

Actually, anyone who is up for some serious Guitar and Gear pOrnage needs to look at this if you have not seen it already.

This will get your motor running. I saved it as a Favorite:

Sitting down? (oh, wait....prolly)

https://www.ultimate-guitar.com/forum/showthread.php?t=684401

enjoy



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#18
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Just remember like Custom duties and **** for when u return.

I don't think we Americans have to deal with that...
#19
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1. Buy a sh*tload of Edwards Les Pauls (various finishes)
2. Buy all of Caparison's stock from the past few months.
3. Get a few Japan Exclusive ESPs
4. Give them to me for free?!?

Seriously, Edwards and Caparison are a must try from Japan.


5. ???????
6. Profit

(Right...?)
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#20
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I don't think we Americans have to deal with that...


And I hope not, but Customs duties/taxes are something that I was actually wondering about myself.
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#21
japanese companies... just hit up things like tokai, edwards, navigator, caparison, ibanez (MIJ prestige and j custom), bacchus etc. etc. etc. those'll probably be cheaper than the US, and some might not even be available outside japan.

US-made brands will likely be cheaper at home...
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#22
Quote by 311ZOSOVHJH
OK. Since you are going to Japan you must look at this linky, as i believe this is all in Japan.

Actually, anyone who is up for some serious Guitar and Gear pOrnage needs to look at this if you have not seen it already.

This will get your motor running. I saved it as a Favorite:

Sitting down? (oh, wait....prolly)

https://www.ultimate-guitar.com/forum/showthread.php?t=684401

enjoy




I just ruined my carpet after following that link...pure heaven.
#23
Quote by FourSticks17
And I hope not, but Customs duties/taxes are something that I was actually wondering about myself.

I don't think you have to worry about anything. I've traveled internationally a couple of times and I've never had to pay any sort of tax when coming back, however I've never purchased anything as expensive as a guitar...

What you may want to keep an eye out for is at the airport, some countries actually have a place where you can get money back from taxed goods in the country if you have receipts. For example, if you buy a $2000 guitar and pay something like $150 in taxes you can get that $150 back.
#25
^^ That sounds kinda backwards. If I bought a guitar from anywhere outside the EU and brought it back to Finland I'd have to pay 22% VAT even if I payed taxes where I bought it.
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#27
Quote by FourSticks17
As luck would have it, I'll be taking a work-related trip to Japan for a month this summer.

Does anyone here have any experience with shopping in Japan and know where/how/what to shop for in terms of Gear when I'm over there?

are you staying in tokyo?
places to shop:
1. ochanomizu (MANY SHOPS, ishibashi, soundliner, etc...)
2. akihabara showa-dori (MusicVox, Rebole)
3. shibuya (musicland key, bought my s5470 red viking flat here)
4. ikebukuro (think it's musicland key but i've never been there)
5. etc (besides these and a shop in chiba i don't think i've been to other significant shops)
these places are all accesible by JR (japan railways?)
keep in mind that buying from shop isn't necessarily cheaper than buying online.
and be sure to check out the manufacturing country of product.
my case: bought new keeley comp with 40000 yen. that's approximately 400 USD? it's the cheapest deal i can find. some shops cost 45000 or 48000 yen.
then i went online to keeley's, 259 USD excluding shipping. i was ripped off.
the higher end ibanez should be worthier since they're made by team j craft here in japan.
products made in japan should cost cheaper here than in US.
oh, ibanez jemini is already available here.
i'll post again if i've got anything more to say.
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#28
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are you staying in tokyo?
places to shop:
1. ochanomizu (MANY SHOPS, ishibashi, soundliner, etc...)
2. akihabara showa-dori (MusicVox, Rebole)
3. shibuya (musicland key, bought my s5470 red viking flat here)
4. ikebukuro (think it's musicland key but i've never been there)
5. etc (besides these and a shop in chiba i don't think i've been to other significant shops)
these places are all accesible by JR (japan railways?)
keep in mind that buying from shop isn't necessarily cheaper than buying online.
and be sure to check out the manufacturing country of product.
my case: bought new keeley comp with 40000 yen. that's approximately 400 USD? it's the cheapest deal i can find. some shops cost 45000 or 48000 yen.
then i went online to keeley's, 259 USD excluding shipping. i was ripped off.
the higher end ibanez should be worthier since they're made by team j craft here in japan.
products made in japan should cost cheaper here than in US.
oh, ibanez jemini is already available here.
i'll post again if i've got anything more to say.


I'll actually be staying in Okinawa, but I plan on doing some travelling on the weekends. I'll definitely make sure to check those places out.
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BC Rich Mockingbird Supreme (USA Custom Shop)
BC Rich NJ Neck-Thru Series Mockingbird
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Roland Microcube
#29
Quote by FourSticks17
I'll actually be staying in Okinawa, but I plan on doing some travelling on the weekends. I'll definitely make sure to check those places out.

SOOOOOOOOOOOOO far away.................
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#30
Quote by 311ZOSOVHJH
OK. Since you are going to Japan you must look at this linky, as i believe this is all in Japan.

Actually, anyone who is up for some serious Guitar and Gear pOrnage needs to look at this if you have not seen it already.

This will get your motor running. I saved it as a Favorite:

Sitting down? (oh, wait....prolly)

https://www.ultimate-guitar.com/forum/showthread.php?t=684401

enjoy

Wait...after scanning a picture or two on there, I thought I saw...

Damn. They actually make an ESP shaped like a gun?

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#33
Quote by necrophilic
SOOOOOOOOOOOOO far away.................


Very true. I think it's something like 1000 miles away, but like I said, I plan on doing some travelling over the weekends. Some serious travelling.
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BC Rich Mockingbird Supreme (USA Custom Shop)
BC Rich NJ Neck-Thru Series Mockingbird
Epiphone Elite Les Paul Standard

Laney TT50-112
Peavey Classic 30
Epiphone Valve Junior
Roland Microcube
#34
It's really a very great luck visiting the paradise of shoppers. I suggest that you buy things as much as you can and you can make money out of it. Something that is rare and has a good performance. You can find a lot of that with good quality and incredibly low prices.
#35
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It's really a very great luck visiting the paradise of shoppers. I suggest that you buy things as much as you can and you can make money out of it. Something that is rare and has a good performance. You can find a lot of that with good quality and incredibly low prices.



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