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BC Mike 118

Buying from Japan

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I have bid on guitar items in the USA ( I'm in Canada) and have confidence in that but I want to know people's experience buying from Japan. Do I have to worry more about counerfeits and/or getting ripped off. Who has taken the plunge and how did it go for you?

 

Mike in Vancouver, BC

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Do I have to worry more about counerfeits and/or getting ripped off.

 

 

YES! Be careful.. Just as long as you know what to look for to pin point a counter fit. some are more obvious than others.

 

The markets are replete with them over there.

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There are some reputable Gibson dealers in Japan; I think you'd be "in good hands" buying from them. Some of them stock not only some cool and unique Gibson Montana models (I think some of the first LG re-issues were ordered by the Japanese dealers, e.g.), but some nice vintage guitars show up in Japan too.

 

I have not purchased yet from a Japanese dealer, but for sure, make an effort to ask the right questions and establish some sort of rapport with them before pulling the proverbial trigger, and confirm a return policy.

 

Fred

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There is a J200 on EBay that is limited to 30 worlds only, they request that you do not open the case without arrival(?). You can ask all the questions you want but I think you better know some Japanese.

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