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FDP Forum / Fender Guitars: Jaguars & Jazzmasters / Question for anyone who has purchased from Ishibashi...

sour mash

Washington State

Jan 31st, 2012 06:54 AM   Edit   Profile  

I am totally in love with a Jazzmaster with matching headstock that is at Ishibashi Music in Japan. I have emailed them and they seem very nice and easy to do business with.

My question is for those of you who have purchased from them in the last couple of years...how do you like your guitar? What are the pro's and con's of Japanese made Jazzmaster/Jaguars? I have heard that the pickups aren't very good, but that doesn't really bother me right now. I have always wanted a Jazzmaster, but don't like the color choices in the american and love the matching headstock.

Lastly, how firm are they in there prices. I know that some of their ebay items have free shipping. I was quoted $183 for shipping wich seems like quite a bargain to ship from Japan. Total price for guitar and shipping would be $1200....is it worth it just for the color I want?


Massachusetts, USA

Jan 31st, 2012 07:36 AM   Edit   Profile  

I purchased my strat from Ishibashi about five years ago and had an overall great experience.

I love my strat, but did swap out the USA Texas Special pickups, and I couldn't get them to budge on their price.

For $1200, I'd be more inclined to go with a used USA Jazzmaster, but I do love all of the USA colors.

OG First Waver


Jan 31st, 2012 01:54 PM   Edit   Profile  

I have purchased a Tele and a JM form Ishibashi, and was delighted withb their service. And the guitars are great, especially the JM...and I have owned a US made Strat for comparison of quality. The only thing I did to both guitars was change the pickups, to Duncan special Antiquity I (50s sound)on the Tele and Antiquity II (60s instro/surf sound) on the JM. Pertsonally, I would rather have a brand new CIJ...they are great.

sour mash

Washington State

Jan 31st, 2012 02:27 PM   Edit   Profile  

Hey thanks for the input. I am really looking hard at the JM...me likey! Just out of curiousity, if you don't mind me asking, how much did you pay for your JM?

OG First Waver


Feb 3rd, 2012 02:51 PM   Edit   Profile  

I purchased my JM from Isibashi in 2006 for 70,400 yen. I don't remember what the exchange was at that time (you can probably find it online), but I believe the exchange rate was better for US buyers than it is today. I think in USD it was about $700, and I added the Duncan pickups for aother $150. So I ended up with a brand new JM that sounds like a 60s JM...definitely worth it.

sour mash

Washington State

Feb 3rd, 2012 03:01 PM   Edit   Profile  

I went ahead and ordered the Surf Green Matching Headstock Jazzmaster yesterday. Sakiko was very cool do deal with. He said it will ship out next week...he was going on vacation for three days and I missed his cutoff...darn time difference!!! Probably paid a little too much, but I used to have a Candy Apple one and had to sell it during hard times and regretted it ever since....and I'm a sucker for Surf Green and the matching headstock.

(This message was last edited by sour mash at 03:03 PM, Feb 3rd, 2012)


Lexington, Mass.

Sep 29th, 2012 06:47 AM   Edit   Profile  

"Sakiko was very cool do deal with. He said it will ship out next week...he was going on vacation for three days and I missed his cutoff..."

Sakiko is a she, not a he.

sour mash

Washington State

Oct 8th, 2012 01:35 PM   Edit   Profile  

"Sakiko is a she, not a he."

Sorry about that. I only dealt with her through email....

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