Trip to Japan- getting a bass?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Tachyon, Jul 30, 2009.

  1. Tachyon


    Mar 21, 2009
    Hey guys! So I'm getting on a plane to Japan first thing tomorrow for a family trip, and while I'm there I thought I'd look around the music shops for some electric basses :p

    I know there are some non-export Fender models and I've heard about Moon basses and Atelier Z, but what stuff should I look for around there? Also, should I look into buying a bass and bringing it back by plane or is that a big no-no? I don't know much about customs charges or freight fares so maybe it's not worth the trouble.

    Thanks for the replies!
  2. Ooooh... if i ever go to Japan (which is looking very likely) i will totally be keeping my eye out for one of the ESP/Edwards basses based on the Gibson RD Artist body design!
  3. line6bassist

    line6bassist Supporting Member

    May 16, 2009
    san antonio/austin
    i went on a cruise one time and we port at vera cruz mexico....and notice walking around downtown we went into a little guitar shop and this old man was making some very usual looking guitars and basses for cheap almost remind me of a Ken smith type basses but with just a vol knob but very the time he quoted me like 200 for a 4 string...since that all he was doing anyway...

    but since i didnt know the policy of what to bring back to the boat i pass on the offer.:rollno:
  4. kenjikun


    Apr 27, 2008
    Its summer here so watch out for cute girls in mini skirts:D especially when they are riding the bicycle heading toward you:D:D:D
    for bass, you can check the local used shops (HARD-OFF, ECO-MALL etc,) or go tho guitar shops like SHIMAMURA, ROCK-INN etc.
    Bringing back the bass to your country, UNBOLT the NECK and put it with the body in your luggage. I tell you, a fellow player from L.A. sold me his Fender because the airline was charging him almost $350 and required him to put it in a hardshell case. Guitars have no custom tax, don't worry.
  5. I've checked stuff on as luggage... check it in as baggage.

    I'd be unbolting (if you can) and stowing like the prior noted.

    Some of the USA basses are not really apprecaited over seas.
  6. StyleOverShow

    StyleOverShow Still Playing After All These Years Supporting Member

    May 3, 2008
    Kenjisan - get information and tips on transporting a bass.

  7. black.rose1402


    Jan 10, 2007
    If I go to Japan, I would bring back a moon jazz bass (one like Larry Graham) or a fretless like Bona has (a pensa) but now the luthier who did his blue fretless works for another company but I don't remember the name.
  8. I flew from Narita to NY with a checked bass for no fee. It was in a padded gigbag with lots of protection and it was fine.
  9. FenderP

    FenderP Supporting Member

    May 7, 2005
    Getting my fretless P back from Japan was a nightmare ... I had it shipped. As others have recommended, if you can get it back with you and can unbolt the neck or take as baggage, by all means do so.

    I would recommend going to TC Gakki ( That's where I got my '76 USA fretless P for what I believe to be fair money.
  10. Do it! What better way to remember a vacation than to come back with a shiny new axe??
  11. mhduffl


    Nov 27, 2008
    Hong Kong
    Atelier z, bass center, rough time and main street guitar shop for foderas......

    Good luck.
  12. warnan


    Mar 1, 2004
    any body know 'history' bass? they uses timeless timer as neck wood, i am always interesting in getting one.....
  13. kenjikun


    Apr 27, 2008
    History is the flagship brand of FujiGen and distributed exclusively by Shimamura Music. History guitars and basses use the CIRCLE FRETTING SYSTEM which according to them
    "C.F.S.(Circle Fretting System) is a revolutionary technology of arc-shaped frets. It is the solution to the common problems multi-stringed instruments have been facing.

    The problem is that "the further the strings are from the center of the neck, the longer the length becomes from the 0 fret". In other words, the 1st and the 6th string will be slightly longer than the 2nd and the 5th, and the 2nd and the 5th string will be slightly longer than the 3rd and the 4th.

    By utilizing a slightly arc-shaped frets, the strings and the frets will be lined at a right angle(90 degrees), therefore maintaining an even scale length on all of the strings.

    For the wood, according to them

    "Utilizing a real vintage wood, the "Timeless Timber", this series produces an exceptional tonal quality."

    "Ashland Wisconsin. Lies deep at the bottom of the Great Lakes for 50 to 200 years are the legendary hard maple, "Timeless Timber". Through modern technology, we have been able to use this rare premium quality wood to build guitars with extremely outstanding tone.
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  14. Id look into getting a Moon bass identical to Larry Graham's. Larry bought his Moon bass in Japan so it would be cool to get yours the same way.
  15. Dan B

    Dan B

    Oct 19, 2008
    Amherst, MA
    Don't forget Atlansia. I'd love to see a TBer with one with the individual rotatable pickups.
  16. warnan


    Mar 1, 2004
    yeah, atlansia, the most unique bass that i've ever seen.

    To kenjikun:
    thanks a lot for your help on History bass, i placed an order on history th-pj. I am always interesting in timeless timer and cfs system. i want to know how different they will affect the sound. I can't find any info about history and fujigen.Seems fgn has a new website and begin to sell worldwider, good news.

    I used to have a momose custom jazz bass and tune gap518,very well built. some small company made top notch basses such as Inner wood, basstec. I like them. but Japanese Yen is so expensive these days.....:bawl:
  17. warnan


    Mar 1, 2004
    hi, i got my History th-pj vintage white pj bass. it was owesome. looks great ...plays like a dream. before i plan to upgrade the pickups but now..i don't need to upgrade it. it sounds great. CFS and timeless timber,wow:p

    Circle fret system and timeless timber

    like musicman finish on neck
  18. Sbociol


    Feb 24, 2009
    I'd go for an ESP!!!
  19. ricguy

    ricguy Supporting Member

    Jul 22, 2006
    Syracuse, NY
    I would suggest looking at Bacchus basses. Very nice indeed.
  20. Bacchus, Moon, AtelierZ, it! you have lot's of opportunity!