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What happened to all the Epiphone Japan guitars..?!

 
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Schocker
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 05, 2008 4:16 pm    Post subject: What happened to all the Epiphone Japan guitars..?! Reply with quote

It occurred to me the other day when I was browsing eBay that a couple of years ago there'd always be an Epiphone Japan 335 on there. I haven't seen one for auction there or on Yahoo Japan, Digimart, etc, for ages. I know that they're being collected but you normally get things surfacing now and again even taking this into account. Ah well...
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sneakyjapan
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 05, 2008 7:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

yeah this came up last year around the time Gibson announced Yamano would no longer be their Japanese importer, they sell directly to stores now...and the local shops had the MIJ Epis at huge discounts...50-60% off...there still are a few, I got a 2006 SG made in the FujuGen factory for about $350.oo, love it by the way. So I`m not really sure what happened, I thought Gibson had something up their sleeve but so far, nothing. I see some on the web over here but not very many MIJs. The local Rock Inn is full of MIK Epis and MIC Tokais, they seem to have either overpriced MIAs or cheap Asian mades, very little in between, I`d have to go to Tokyo for a better selection and that adds $200.oo to the cost of a guitar.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 06, 2008 2:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

They still seem to be going. I have no idea how wide the distribution is in Japan or the current export sitiuation. http://www.gibson.com/jp%2Djp/Divisions/Epiphone/Elitist/
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