Fender Japan

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Btone, Jan 9, 2009.

  1. Btone


    May 5, 2001
  2. arnold layne.

    arnold layne. Guest

    Sep 27, 2007
    Sydney, Australia
    Wow, I am really glad those aren't for sale on that site.... I just bought myself a CIJ '62 RI Precision from Japan aswell...
  3. kenjikun


    Apr 27, 2008
    Actually, I made that site as reference for the latest CIJs only, it's not yet complete though, I need to put some more Jazz models:bassist:
  4. Btone


    May 5, 2001
    (..I miss the JB75-US in VWH/R :)) Keep up the good work, kenjikun - do you know if Fender Japan is coming up with something new in '09?
  5. ExaltBass

    ExaltBass XBass Cables Gold Supporting Member

    Sep 28, 2006
    Twin Cities, MN
    Wow! Very nice - good photography too! :cool:
  6. Lefty Geek

    Lefty Geek Guest

    Feb 13, 2006
    Too bad we can't purchase them (in the US) anymore. :(
  7. Btone


    May 5, 2001
    Consider this as a business opportunity, kenjikun;).. You've already got a good site up..
  8. Sub5ound

    Sub5ound Inactive

    Sep 6, 2008
    Catskills, New York
    Has anyone looked at the specs? What's up with the basswood? I'm not knocking basswood, but isn't the Fender sound mostly achieved with Alder/ash? A basswood Fender just seems....eh. :meh: Nice looking basses though!
  9. Btone


    May 5, 2001
    The US models are Fender Japan's top line (except for the DMC line), alder or ash bodies and top craftmanship all the way. The other (basswood) models, well, don't know much about them. Focus on the US models. They're awesome, unfortunately the YEN is rather strong these days.
  10. toad


    Jun 26, 2002
    wow ... is that a 70s style jazz with PJ pickups on that page? sweet.
  11. debassr


    Jan 23, 2008
    You can - there are multiple sellers on ebay that import them with free shipping even. They say they can get any model - all you have to do is contact them. I've never done it so I can't vouch for anyone - but the option seems to be there.
  12. Lefty Geek

    Lefty Geek Guest

    Feb 13, 2006
    Yes, but then you have to pay both Japanese tax (which you didn't have to before when purchasing from places like Ishibashi) and the resellers fee. Same guitar/bass all of a sudden costs a few hundreds dollars more.
  13. dave_kts


    Jan 17, 2008
    wow, that did give me some gas. dammit!
  14. Chris Breese

    Chris Breese Supporting Member

    Dec 12, 1999
    Middle of IL USA
    The 62 Model has DiMarzio DCJ-3 pickups? Hmmm!
  15. johnnyflats

    johnnyflats Guest

    Dec 31, 2008
    Manchester. uk.
    I have a cij 57 reissue precision with a basswood body and it sounds awesome with the flatwounds i have on it.
    Mine is fiesta red with tort pickguard and chrome covers on it and it looks stunning :hyper:
  16. Great blog! If I was in the market for a Jazz or Precision, I'd be tempted to buy a CIJ just because of the colour choices. So many nice ones.

    Would there be a chance to include Mustang and Jaguar basses in the blog's listings, by the way? That would make it even nicer... :)
  17. jim777

    jim777 Tarantula Lobbyist

    Aug 7, 2006
    South Jersey
    Some of the pics say Ikebe right on them, and there's always the Ishibashi web shop. I've ordered 'Japan only' stuff from Japan before a couple of times, it's pretty easy.
  18. kenjikun


    Apr 27, 2008
    Sure! Check the site once in a while, I might put the photos as long as I have the the free time:cool:
  19. debassr


    Jan 23, 2008
    kenjikun - can you get us some good deals? You should open a web store.
  20. ishouldbeking


    Feb 5, 2007
    not anymore. fender cracked down a while back. there were a number of threads about the exact date when ishibashi stopped selling fender japan stuff overseas. nowadays you can still find a lot of that stuff on ebay, particularly through katana guitars ebay store.