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Koubayashi
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 30, 2012 11:38 am    Post subject: Done with Japanese guitars Reply with quote

Came to a point where I lost all interest for Japanese guitars.
Well, a good guitar is a good guitar so I keep a handful for that sake.

Anyone sharing my "faith"?
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bluesyrat
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 30, 2012 12:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

if you have some piece that is bothering you right, give me a whistle. I hope to help you...

p.s. sure, PM me
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marcusnieman
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 30, 2012 1:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I hear you.... but for me it's not just Japanese guitars - it's guitars in general. Also just sold my motorcyle I've had for 10 years. Don't know where my head's at these days.......
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 30, 2012 1:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think there is a normal curve of passion and interest in all things we do. The more they become "everyday" the more we struggle to maintain a high level of involvement...
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 30, 2012 2:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The man who is tired of Japanese guitars is tired of life.
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Koubayashi
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 30, 2012 2:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cali Girl wrote:
The man who is tired of Japanese guitars is tired of life.


Don't know...
Also, these days American Vintage is so cheap.
I have bought plenty of 50's and 60's Gibson and Fender this year.

No matter how great a Greco SS700 is it just doesn't match my 65 Gibby SG.
Tone etc is great but the vibe and mojo of the real deal.....Dang...
The smell when you open an older Fender case.
The Japanese guitars just don't have that.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 30, 2012 6:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

`K.
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PostPosted: Mon May 07, 2012 4:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

well, whatever floats your boat

That is to say, folks can change, it's the way things are.

I have MIJ and some American gear.
I am selling all my low end MIJ in favour of high end MIJ, it's just the feel, smell, sound, etc that appeals to me more about them. However some rare MIJ are still demanding high price, even in today's tough $ climate.
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Koubayashi
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PostPosted: Wed May 09, 2012 2:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

greco_burst wrote:
well, whatever floats your boat

That is to say, folks can change, it's the way things are.

I have MIJ and some American gear.
I am selling all my low end MIJ in favour of high end MIJ, it's just the feel, smell, sound, etc that appeals to me more about them. However some rare MIJ are still demanding high price, even in today's tough $ climate.


A rare guitar is a rare guitar.
But these days I'd rather save a little extra and buy an American Vintage guitar.

Though, I had a couple of really worn JV 115 Strats and wouldn't mind another. However, it is harder to come buy a heavily worn JV Strat than a mint condition 50's Strat
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PostPosted: Wed May 09, 2012 7:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

so...NOW...you`re REALLY done with MIJ guitars then?


http://www.tokaiforum.com/viewtopic.php?t=19747
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Phantom
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PostPosted: Fri May 25, 2012 8:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Koub................................I will reply to this post when I get a minute.
The Phantom is going through very similar stages, but where do we go from here?
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PostPosted: Fri May 25, 2012 10:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Phantom wrote:
Koub................................I will reply to this post when I get a minute.
The Phantom is going through very similar stages, but where do we go from here?


These days when real vintage guitars are getting cheaper by the day...
Obvious way to go.
A good guitar is a good guitar no matter if it is Greco or Gibson.
But, there is something with a 50s Gibson which no Greco come near.
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PostPosted: Fri May 25, 2012 10:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree, I mean truly thats the reason they were copied, because of their quality and tone. unfortunately
they started spitting out crap later, and now we have the famous "chambered" and lets not forget "weight relieved" guitars, yuck!!!
The Phantom doesn't approve.
I brought my number 1 into a top end music store, they have all there VOS and top end guitars in this room. I told them I want them to find me a guitar that sounds better than my number one, and I will drop the 5K today. When I got back after lunch, they said the guitar is in the case, don't sell it. We can't figure why, but don't sell it.
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Koubayashi
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PostPosted: Sat May 26, 2012 7:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Phantom wrote:
I agree, I mean truly thats the reason they were copied, because of their quality and tone. unfortunately
they started spitting out crap later, and now we have the famous "chambered" and lets not forget "weight relieved" guitars, yuck!!!
The Phantom doesn't approve.
I brought my number 1 into a top end music store, they have all there VOS and top end guitars in this room. I told them I want them to find me a guitar that sounds better than my number one, and I will drop the 5K today. When I got back after lunch, they said the guitar is in the case, don't sell it. We can't figure why, but don't sell it.


What I don't like about the Japanese is that they don't have the mojo.
The smell when you open an old Fender case with an old Fender inside...unbeatable
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PostPosted: Sat May 26, 2012 8:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

your right, I noticed that in that old lifton case I opened up last week.
And the 59 PAF has something in the tone I've never heard so far in another pickup. It kills me to play my friends 59 sometimes, but the Phantom feels like Koub so he has decided to get a replica built. Its 4 months in, should be done it 2 months. Old growth Honduras Mahognay and old growth Brazilian Rosewood. It will be the closest he Phantom can come to a 350K 59 LP.
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