I've been trying to get a hold of a retailer in the states that will take special orders, for over two weeks now. Why not just find a Japanese online retailer? Because why go through the trouble of having it shipped from Japan, when you can just have the store ship it for you, and all you'd have to do is pick it up. What I'm looking for specifically is a CIJ Fender P-bass. I've called MusiciansFriend and as of now, I'm exchanging e-mails back and forth with the company because apparently, they don't know what the hell they're doing. There has been maybe....6-7 e-mails exchanged so far, and almost every time, they say something about 'looking into it'. I've been talking to Guitar Center associates for just as long, and the problem with that is, each time, I end up talking to a different associate. And every time I call, I get a different answer. The first guy said that I would be able to place a special order over the phone, via credit card. Thank goodness! Right? So I call in the next day, credit card in hand, all of that personal information, yada yada yada, and explain to the guy my situation. He goes, "I'm sorry man, I don't know who told you that, but we don't take special orders, as far as I know..." and I said "...I swear, I JUST spoke to one of your employees the day before and he said that it would be possible." All I want is my CIJ Fender bass...! Bah, I'm so frustrated. I just got off the phone with yet, another GC associate and he said that he'll look into it for me. Let's just hope this is a winning ticket. I just had to vent. Any words of advice? Encouragement?