If any 6 people could agree on one thing that would mean I could probably sell 100 of them
This would probably be a good place to repost this -
I'm going to lay out some, on the boundaries and issues with props and the current state of the guitar market in general. None of which I wasn't told I couldn't talk about, and I donít see any as sensitive information so, truth is the truth..
Ebony is out, they use very little of it, don't have a lot of it, want to keep it exclusive to what has it [but possible my demand that absolutely no cracks could be present might have affected the refusal].
Very little Premium rosewood exists at Fujigen, and the current rosewood market has much more lower visual grade, just like ebony, it's still the same wood, still sounds and feels the same, but it's got some light color to it, that's why they've gone to the stained boards, which I don't mind a bit. 95% of the ebony has been stained since Taylor took control of the global ebony market. But until some relief comes with a vote next year things are not going to be great as far as rosewood is concerned going forward.
The order number in the US is 12, if it's approved, which in part is - will they build the specs, and the second is, the actual order number is 20. Fujigen's minimum to make any particular spec is 20 pieces. Japan works to sell off the other 8 to other markets, starting at home with Ikebe etc, then reaching out, maybe 4 go to Meinl, maybe 4 go to the UK, etc.
When the dealer commissions the prop he has the exclusive in the US for that spec, but there are another 8 of them being sold somewhere else in the world. When I was talking to Nick he said they made him buy 20 the last run and didn't understand why, I would speculate itís because Japan couldn't sell the other 8, so he either had to buy the whole run to do it, or it wasn't approved. So the approval process is a little more involved than any of you probably understood, or I until I started fully investigating what the boundaries are.
The prop program is not designed to be a full on custom shop where you can choose any spec you want. Originally you were told to look at whatís in the Euro catalog and Japan, at the regular production catalog models, and if it wasnít available in the US, you could order it. Theyíre making them already, Ibanez will order the 20 as they already have a market for the other 8. Then they started to allow you to put any finish that was already being used, in the country you were having the guitar made [you canít put an Indo finish on a Japanese guitar], on any other model, and now theyíve allowed reversing the headstock but [I am speculating] only if they sell the other 8. No matter how much we want to think outside the box, they want us to color between the lines, but are willing to work with you on some things. They do want to sell guitars, but they donít want to start a runaway full on custom shop. Unless, youíre willing to commit to doing J Customs, which is a full on Custom Shop, but then the numbers start to get prohibitive.
Just so you have a better understanding of how this is supposed to work.