Getting a new Ibanez not available in your country?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Matthew_84, Dec 28, 2014.

  1. Hi TBers,

    After a lot of searching for my next bass, I've settled on a particular Ibanez model. However, I live in Canada, and on the Canadian Ibanez website, this particular bass is not shown, but it is shown on the USA Ibanez website.

    I have noticed that a well-known Canadian music chain does have this model listed in stock on its website, but it appears that they have only one of them. I cannot afford this bass today, but I'll be able to in a few months, but I'm worried that it may have been sold by then and no further ones will be available in Canada.

    Out of curiosity, I have tried to order it from US internet retailers and they all state they won't ship it to Canada.

    Have any of you tried to order an Ibanez product not available in your country, but in a neighboring one, and was able to contact Ibanez and have them work out a way for you to get it?

    It seems like the Canadian distributor only works within Canada, and I'm not sure if this is something they'd be able to do without going to Ibanez themselves.

    Any insight would be appreciated.

  2. Papazita


    Jun 27, 2008
    I don't see why they wouldn't ship to Canada...
    There are one or two Ibanez models available only in Japan that I would love to have. Ishibashi sells them, but the cost of shipping them to the US just about negates my desire to have them. Bummer.

    Which bass are you looking at? Perhaps someone here may have one they're willing to part with.
  3. DiabolusInMusic

    DiabolusInMusic Functionless Art is Merely Tolerated Vandalism

    Is it is a stock model? L&M should be able to order it even if they do not stock it, get them to talk to the Ibanez rep.. Alternatively, got any American TB friends? I wouldn't doubt a couple guys would relay it for you. After all, they would get to open it and inspect it for you. You'd pay double shipping but if the bass is really expensive, that isn't much.

    Plenty of companies restrict where distributors can sell, lots of manufacturers cannot ship to Canada because they license the territory to a third-party.
  4. Yeah, I was surprised by this as well. I figured someone would allow it but I've tried at least a dozen different places and they all block it.

    Thanks, but I'm not too comfortable disclosing the model at this point... I'm not certain how the Canadian retailer has one in stock, and I don't want cause too much of a stir just in case.
  5. I think it's a stock item as there's one available on their website, though I haven't seen one in my local store.

    Thanks Diabolus, that is a good idea. If in a few months, it is no longer available, I'll ask the retailer to talk to the Ibanez distributor. I would prefer to go through them to give them the business.

    Also, I do have some family in the US that I can get it shipped to, who can then relay it to me... It just seems like a bit of a pain in the butt, but if that's my only option I'll have to go that way.
  6. Baird6869

    Baird6869 Supporting Member

    If L&M has one in stock (assuming that is the retailer as it seems to be a secret), they almost certainly can get more. They come in from Montreal and it takes 1-2 weeks if it is in stock with the distributor. If the distributor has to bring it in, it will take longer.

    Just order a new one or buy the one in stock. I am not a fan of financing anything, but use their 0% for a month or two until you get the $$$ if it is indeed an item that will be unavailable globally in the near future and the one in stock is the last one out there. They will transfer the item to your store if it is at another location. Of they order one from the Far East, it will take 1-3 months anyways.

    I just ordered a hard to get Ibanez bass that wasn't in stock. It is with Ibanez' disty in Montreal and I will have it next week. Pretty simple process. Give them a 10% deposit and they order it for you. Done.

    Not sure why all the secrecy in any case. Not sure what "stir" you will cause by disclosing a model name of which the retailer actually has one in stock. Kinda strange.
  7. Thanks Baird. I'm not too sure why I felt the need to be secretive... The retailer is L&M.

    I've checked and their financing is 1.42% every month (compound-interest) for 12-months financing. If it was 0%, I'd have no problem with it... Though they do have a 0% interest promotion for 90 days which ends on the new year. I'm not 100% sure I'll have the money together by the end of March, though I should be close. I think I'll head into the store and talk this over with them... Maybe we can work something out.

    That is good to know that they can get it from the Far East. Anyways, I'll head into the store in a bit and see what happens. Thanks.
  8. Baird6869

    Baird6869 Supporting Member

    Hey, if you order a bass before Dec 31, it qualifies for the $0. Even if it takes months to come in. It is a handy option but avoid their 17%+ financing as it is too high.

    I would talk to them about your options. Depending on location, they are generally great guys (Oshawa and Markham for me anyways).

    Good luck!
  9. Thanks Baird... I'm heading into the Markham location this afternoon!
  10. Baird6869

    Baird6869 Supporting Member

    Aren't they closed Sundays?:)
  11. I think I know which bass you are refering to. Its not on the canadian ibby list but they have it in stock. ( In Toronto if I recall? ;) )

    I tried it out and for the price they are asking its a good deal even with the semi crappy exchange rate. Take advantage of their financing.

    Good luck!
  12. Not the Markham location... They're open 12-5. I think they're the only one though. Thankfully that's my local store anyway as I live 10 minutes away.
  13. Baird6869

    Baird6869 Supporting Member

    Cool. Dan (Manager) is a great dude and a wicked bassist.

    I am in Brooklin, so right between Markham and Oshawa stores.

    Have fun!
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  14. LOL... Seems like you know the one.. I tried out the 4 string model and spent about 2 hours yesterday A/Bing it to the Prestige version and it was definitely more to my tastes... The passive tone had more output and clarity, likely thanks to the Nordy's.
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  15. Thanks for the tip Baird... I live in Stouffville, so we're nearly neighbours.
  16. A while ago i did mentioned to the bass guy in my local L&M why that particular model was not available as it would simply sell since its literally between the prestige and its lower premium counterpart.

    I love the mij prestige but barts has its distinctive modern sounding voice while the nordys are more in line with "single coils on steroids" cliché.
  17. Yeah, I liked the Barts, but there are times when I'll be trying to go for more of a 70's 4001 Ric tone (ala Geddy Lee). I feel like this one would be better suited for that.

    Plus, I'll usually pick a clearer tone anway... I usually find it easier to dial in a round, warm tone than a sharp, clear one.
  18. Thanks everyone for your help, but it seems that I worried too much.

    Dan wasn't in, but the person I talked to checked and there are 12 of them in stock (only one in an Ontario location, but a few in other stores around the country, and 6 in the warehouse).

    I'll just keep an eye on the stock. I should be able to buy it outright in April sometime. If the stock gets low then I may have to look into financing it or something.

    BTW, the model is an SR1806:

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  19. PDGood


    Sep 19, 2010
    Nashville, TN
    That SR1806 is gorgeous!!
    It's's one in the U.K. that I drool over that isn't available in the states.
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  20. Wow, I like that... It looks like a great mix between classic and modern.

    I don't quite understand why companies don't have all of their products available everywhere. Sure, I understand stores/distributors not stocking all, even most models, but they should still be available if someone wants to buy and is willing to wait.
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