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

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by WilsonCat, Feb 11, 2013.

  1. WilsonCat


    Jan 23, 2006
    Medford, NY
    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.
  2. Bitterdale

    Bitterdale Natural Born Lurker

    Dec 4, 2010
    Ocala, FL
  3. gadgetgirl

    gadgetgirl Supporting Member

    Dec 1, 2005
    East Coast
  4. WilsonCat


    Jan 23, 2006
    Medford, NY
    Thanks. Email sent!
  5. Robf


    Feb 14, 2007
    Union City, CA
    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.
  6. Musicphan


    Oct 11, 2008
    WilsonCat... I bought my Zoom B3 from them prior to US release... smooth transaction.
  7. hdracer


    Feb 15, 2009
    Elk River, MN.
    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.
  8. Bongolation


    Nov 9, 2001
    No Bogus Endorsements
    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.
  9. Robf


    Feb 14, 2007
    Union City, CA
    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.
  10. WilsonCat


    Jan 23, 2006
    Medford, NY
    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.
  11. WilsonCat


    Jan 23, 2006
    Medford, NY
    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:





    Love it! Thanks again to those who recommended them.
    VWbug likes this.
  12. BawanaRik


    Mar 6, 2012
    New Jersey
    There's a guy on the bay who seems to be connected to the Land of the Raising Sun.
  13. Malak the Mad

    Malak the Mad Over the River and through the Looking Glass Supporting Member

  14. j.kernodle


    Nov 23, 2008
    South Carolina
    that is absolutely beautiful! congrats and happy belated birthday!
  15. verycoolname


    Jan 28, 2013
    That's a beautiful bass!
  16. johnson79


    Jan 8, 2010
    Lancaster, PA
    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.
  17. gadgetgirl

    gadgetgirl Supporting Member

    Dec 1, 2005
    East Coast
    Congrats on the new bass!
  18. DiabolusInMusic

    DiabolusInMusic Functionless Art is Merely Tolerated Vandalism Supporting Member

    Nice. Love the matching head stock.

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