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Posted 06 July 2007 - 02:36 PM

Change of plan! placed my order today for a jb75 100
...A 75 style jazz bass in 3t sunburst with a maple 'fingerplate'
'a tone cooking stove', some might say.

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Posted 10 July 2007 - 08:08 AM

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Posted 10 July 2007 - 10:35 AM

Just received a bass from Japan. 5 days door to door with EMS shipping.

A lot easier/faster/cheaper than buying from the US! :)

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Posted 10 July 2007 - 12:21 PM

My order's been taken and it will be shipped today! I can't wait because the 5 hour rehearsal last night really took it out of my back

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Posted 10 July 2007 - 01:36 PM

Got hold of my new bass today, although it had been sitting in the depot for a few days (damn customs charges). Still, it's a bass (issue) i've never seen in a shop in this country. It's US too, so it's done a round the world trip: California --> Japan --> UK. I'll post a thread and pics once i get it home etc

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Posted 11 July 2007 - 08:20 AM

I can't wait for pics. Whoop!
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Posted 11 July 2007 - 10:48 AM

Here's a quick tip -

Once you have been given your EMS tracking number (E*****************JP) enter it on te parcel force website for a more detailed breakdown of the process. As soon as the parcel is said to be 'sorting at depot' just go and get it yourself - in my experience they tend to send you a letter saying they want you to come and get it about 2/3 days after this.
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Posted 11 July 2007 - 11:31 AM

View Postped, on Jul 11 2007, 11:48 AM, said:

Here's a quick tip -

Once you have been given your EMS tracking number (E*****************JP) enter it on te parcel force website for a more detailed breakdown of the process. As soon as the parcel is said to be 'sorting at depot' just go and get it yourself - in my experience they tend to send you a letter saying they want you to come and get it about 2/3 days after this.

That's exactly what I did. As soon as it hit my local depot I simply turned up with the tracking number and some personal ID, paid the customs charge and went home VERY satisfied! :)

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Posted 11 July 2007 - 05:19 PM

Have Fender Japan ever done a RI Jazz (Bootsy Style) - with three-tone sunburst, tort pg, block inlays and binding?

Do they sell them with ashtrays...case?


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View PostThe Burpster, on Jul 2 2007, 01:33 PM, said:

Paul, I've not been charged yet for strings. Normally buy 2 or threes sets at at time and they are sent in an envelope. Try to keep the value under abut $50 and they dont normally bother.... IME.

Thanks Bob, I keep forgetting that upper limit.

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Posted 12 July 2007 - 08:00 AM

View Postpaul, the, on Jul 11 2007, 06:19 PM, said:

Have Fender Japan ever done a RI Jazz (Bootsy Style) - with three-tone sunburst, tort pg, block inlays and binding?

Do they sell them with ashtrays...case?
Akin to:

i dunno but i do have a japaneese bass that used to look exactly like that, but then some idiot lost the neck p/u cover and an even bigger idiot decided it would look better in DAYGLO green :)
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Posted 13 July 2007 - 08:15 AM

View Postpaul, the, on Jul 11 2007, 06:19 PM, said:

Have Fender Japan ever done a RI Jazz (Bootsy Style) - with three-tone sunburst, tort pg, block inlays and binding?

Do they sell them with ashtrays...case?

The JB75-94US range comes with ashtrays, binding etc. I think i've seen it in 3TS. THese are only about £317

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The JB75-100US range is as you described, minus the the tort guard and ashtray. You'd have to do it yourself. These are about £338

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Posted 16 July 2007 - 05:41 AM

Thats exactly what I have on order, but with a maple neck!
It's in coventry currently, I'm gonna go get it locally as soon as it arrives!

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Posted 16 July 2007 - 03:24 PM

View PostTee, on Jul 13 2007, 09:15 AM, said:

The JB75-94US range comes with ashtrays, binding etc. I think i've seen it in 3TS. THese are only about £317

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or

The JB75-100US range is as you described, minus the the tort guard and ashtray. You'd have to do it yourself. These are about £338

http://1484.bz/yokoh...ct.cgi?id=16246

Thanks for the help! Obviously my Isihbashi navigation skills have more to be desired as I never found that yokohama site. I'm surprised the specs I described are in such short supply - I always thought that was the most stylised Jazz bass. I guess I'm wrong.


View PostEdwardHimself, on Jul 12 2007, 09:00 AM, said:

i dunno but i do have a japaneese bass that used to look exactly like that, but then some idiot lost the neck p/u cover and an even bigger idiot decided it would look better in DAYGLO green :)


What make is it? I've been considering going down the copy route for the vintage mojo and..well.. the hunt. I know Ibanez did one - although I don't like the finish. Pan did one (who's Pan?). Greco did one - I think, and is the one I'm most hankering for, although I haven't seen one in the finish I'm after. Also Aria Pro did one, which I quite fancy also.


Wish me luck.



View Postjay249, on Jul 16 2007, 06:41 AM, said:

Thats exactly what I have on order, but with a maple neck!
It's in coventry currently, I'm gonna go get it locally as soon as it arrives!


The Wailers' bassist (Aston Barrett) used that bass .

I wonder what amp he used.


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Posted 16 July 2007 - 03:56 PM

http://www.guitaremporium.co.uk/index.php?...guitars&a=4



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Posted 17 July 2007 - 05:38 PM

View Postped, on Jul 11 2007, 11:48 AM, said:

Here's a quick tip -

Once you have been given your EMS tracking number (E*****************JP) enter it on te parcel force website for a more detailed breakdown of the process. As soon as the parcel is said to be 'sorting at depot' just go and get it yourself - in my experience they tend to send you a letter saying they want you to come and get it about 2/3 days after this.


Mee too! Ishibashi were there all the way too. Great service, can't recommend them enough.

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Posted 17 July 2007 - 06:40 PM

does anyone have a review of the 70's reissue fender japan jazz basses?
I may buy one from ishibashi - I've got an audere j preamp arriving very soon and no bass for it to go in!

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Posted 17 July 2007 - 07:00 PM

I can tell you about my Ishibashi (non export) 70's P bass, if thats any help (PB70US model, not PB70).

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Posted 19 July 2007 - 01:07 PM

View Postpaul, the, on Jul 16 2007, 04:24 PM, said:

What make is it? I've been considering going down the copy route for the vintage mojo and..well.. the hunt. I know Ibanez did one - although I don't like the finish. Pan did one (who's Pan?). Greco did one - I think, and is the one I'm most hankering for, although I haven't seen one in the finish I'm after. Also Aria Pro did one, which I quite fancy also.

it's made by "cloumbus." no i haven't heard of them either. it was made in the 1970's
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Posted 19 July 2007 - 02:12 PM

View PostEdwardHimself, on Jul 19 2007, 02:07 PM, said:

it's made by "cloumbus." no i haven't heard of them either. it was made in the 1970's

Quite a few BassChatters have been through them at one point or another. What do you think of the bass?
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Posted 21 July 2007 - 08:16 PM

well it's very heavy, but i'm pretty sure it's agood thing in terms of tone, IMO, it sounds brilliant. It's got a really nice sweet tone with some lovely upper mids and highs, if i play too hard it does tend to click much louder then i'd like it to so i usually have to clamp my finger on the bridge pickup instead and i would like a bit of a higher output, but if your not a crazy bitch with a beard like me who likes to give the strings a good hard tug then it should be fine. In terms of playing, this bass doesn't exactly play itself! but it's not terribly difficult to play, infact i think i'm just not used to fender string spacing anyway really. I dunno you would have to see for yourself, good ones are probably about £100-£200. Ones that don't work are probably cheaper.
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Posted 21 July 2007 - 09:25 PM

Cheers Ed! Any piccies on BC?



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I wonder what amp he used.

Acoustic I think. (I'm talking to myself now. So what's new?)


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Posted 21 July 2007 - 10:01 PM

that's pretty much the only pic ur likely to find anywhere. Attached File  monthly_07_2007/post-477-1185055207.jpg   205.48K
i didn't use a flash in this pic- it really is that shiny. And if ur lucky u might find one with both p/u covers on it. Mine came with the bridge cover but i put some new strings on it and the ball ends were too big for it :) note how the finger rest is actually on the right side for fingerstyle playing.

oh and who doesn't talk to themselves- really?

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Posted 22 July 2007 - 11:05 AM

View PostEdwardHimself, on Jul 21 2007, 11:01 PM, said:

that's pretty much the only pic ur likely to find anywhere. Attachment P3110002.JPG
i didn't use a flash in this pic- it really is that shiny. And if ur lucky u might find one with both p/u covers on it. Mine came with the bridge cover but i put some new strings on it and the ball ends were too big for it :) note how the finger rest is actually on the right side for fingerstyle playing.

oh and who doesn't talk to themselves- really?

She's very pretty, and I'm very jealous. My search has turned up some 20 odd Japanese brands that make the bass, Bassassin has been a big help.
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Posted 23 July 2007 - 05:44 PM

haha i finally found a decent, published refrence to columbus. Aparently the Rob armstrong cornflakes box guitar used the hardware and pickups off a columbus les paul copy. They were also selling one of these down at the guitar shop i got that bass from aswell. (the LP copy, not the cornflakes guitar!)
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Posted 31 July 2007 - 02:21 PM

VAT question - if you're VAT registered does that mean that you don't have to pay VAT on imports (but still the import duty)?

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Posted 31 July 2007 - 06:39 PM

If you're VAT registered you can claim the VAT back on any imports but not the Customs Duty (or the clearance fees?)

However some carriers (FedEx definitely and definitely not Parcel Force) seem to have some sort agreement with UK customs where if they know that the delivery address is a VAT registered business there doesn't seem to be any fees at all to pay. I have all items that won't fit through my letter box at home delivered to my workplace, and I don't think I've ever had to pay VAT or duty on anything that has come via FedEx. I can remember the first time I bought something from the US (for work) that was being delivered by FedEx they contacted me for the business VAT number before they would deliver. Since then I can't recall ever having to pay VAT or duty on any item that's come via FedEx whether it's for my work or for me personally. I can't claim to know exactly how or why this has happened (or if my work is getting hit for customs and VAT bills at a later date and just pays them without realising that the items are for me rather than the business) but it's been good so far.

YMMV as they say though...

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Posted 31 July 2007 - 08:01 PM

I just today got hold of my jap '75 reissue jazz today- I'll stick up a review in the next couple of days

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Posted 31 July 2007 - 08:24 PM

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I just today got hold of my jap '75 reissue jazz today- I'll stick up a review in the next couple of days

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Posted 31 July 2007 - 08:31 PM

Thought I'd take this opportunity to share my imported Jap 70's Fender P. This is a non -export model.

How she arrived, looking very Phil Lynott
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And how she looks now, all John Deacon.
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Love her to bits!

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Posted 01 August 2007 - 11:33 AM

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Thought I'd take this opportunity to share my imported Jap 70's Fender P. This is a non -export model.

How she arrived, looking very Phil Lynott
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Love her to bits!

Ooh.... now THAT I like!!!

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