Are there any reputable dealers that can get Fender Japan Basses?

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  1. WilsonCat

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    Looking for a specific model from Fender Japan but not sure how I can go about importing it to USA. Any help would be appreciated.
     
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  4. WilsonCat

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    Thanks. Email sent!
     
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  6. Robf

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    Just wondering, what is the total cost for buying a MIJ Fender? I would love to get something other than a MIM or MIA new but if the pricing is more than a MIA, I would just get it locally.
     
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    WilsonCat... I bought my Zoom B3 from them prior to US release... smooth transaction.
     
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    They come in about the same price as a American Standard.

    You don't buy them to save money, you buy them to get a bass that you want.
     
  9. Bongolation

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    I'm confused by that last sentence, but you can't buy a new domestic market FJ in the US, nor can Ishibashi sell you one as new. They can sell you a "used" one -- according to my most recent info, which may have changed. The last shipping charge I heard of was around $130.

    The more expensive domestic market FJ models are the best-made production Fenders, but FMIC (which doesn't control FJ) does not import them. My understanding is that all FJ production is currently done by Dyna, and Tokai -- which used to do the higher-end models -- is out of the picture.

    Anyone with newer info, please share.
     
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    I wrote the reply slightly confusing. I meant to say if a MIJ Fender costs more than a MIA Fender, and the quality is the same, I rather spend the money on a bass I could hold and not have much customs/shipping problems.

    But from what I read and heard, Fender Japan offers slightly different options that was is available in the US market, so you're paying for the options rather than getting a quality bass for cheaper price.
     
  11. WilsonCat

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    Thanks for the info, I've been talking to Grace and she is locating the bass that I wanted. I will let you know how it works out.
     
  12. WilsonCat

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    Well, I got the bass on my birthday from Ishibashi. A great buying experience all around, thanks to Grace.

    Here are the pictures (not so good pictures from a cell phone) of my new Fender Japan JB62PJ/BD/MH in Transparent Blue:

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    Love it! Thanks again to those who recommended them.
     
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    There's a guy on the bay who seems to be connected to the Land of the Raising Sun.
     
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    drool…drool…drool...yum...yum...drool…drool...
     
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    that is absolutely beautiful! congrats and happy belated birthday!
     
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    That's a beautiful bass!
     
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    Holy guacamole! That thing is killer. I'd love to get an aerodyne, in white with a pick guard from Japan. Those look so nice. Was Grace able to get you a brand new bass shipped to the states? If so, what was the cost, if you don't mind saying.
     
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    Congrats on the new bass!
     
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    Nice. Love the matching head stock.
     

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