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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 05-20-2002, 01:32 PM Thread Starter
 
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Ibanez 7-strings in Japan

Ok, I've been wanting a 7-string for a long time (if you didn't know this, you must be a newbie ) and have a few questions:

1) How much of a tone difference does Mahogany vs. Basswood make?
2) How much would it be to import an RG-1077XL or RG-2127?
3) How different do the pickups in the RG2127 sound compared to those in the 7620?
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post #2 of 21 (permalink) Old 05-20-2002, 03:06 PM
 
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Mahogany and Basswood tonally are pretty opposite.

Mahogany tends to be more midrangey with lots of mid-highs and not a lot of low. Basswood tends to be more bassy with soft highs and a natural mid scoop. They both weigh about the same.

Pickups? I have yet to hear stock Ibanez pickups I like (or any stockers that I really like for that matter). I generally write that off and replace them not long after I get the guitars.

Check www.ishibashi.com and ask them for a quote. I got a few quotes and the give you a total for the guitar, case and shipping.
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They both weigh about the same.
hmm. up till now I always thought mahogany is monster heavy and basswood is really really light...my ESP weighs around 8 lbs
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Well I guess weight of basswood varies a lot more now that you mention it.

I've played some really light ones and some amazingly heavy ones. I was just averaging it out.
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Go to ishibashi.
Find guitar, add shipping to cost.
Convert to $
Find out how much import duty is, total will be what your guitar costs you.
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About $1100 bucks for a RG2127, that I figured out yesterday. I just need to figure out how much customs is.
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post #7 of 21 (permalink) Old 05-21-2002, 11:14 AM
 
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Ahem.

*Points to first post*

Email Ishibashi, tell'em what guitar you want and where to send it, they will send you pricing for everything.
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Ahh, 2 threads on this? Check the other one

Jeffrey, no offshore dealer can tell you (or will tell you) what the US customs rate is
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Ahem.

*Points to first post*

Email Ishibashi, tell'em what guitar you want and where to send it, they will send you pricing for everything.
Yeah Rich told me that aren't any hidden costs with Ishibashi. I just thought it was too good to be true.

But it looks as though the price of the guitar, plus 17,000 yen for shipping in a hardshell, + 3000 yen wire transfer fee is the deal. Not too bad at all.

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Ahh, 2 threads on this? Check the other one
I posted first!
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Think about it though. Do the customs rates really matter? Not really. You have to pay it either way if you want.

My point was, Ishibashi will give you a total. Signed, sealed, delivered.

Simple as that.
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Of course they matter. If it's shipped in by any normal carrier (UPS, FedEx, DHL, Chronopost, etc.) you'll get tagged with 10% and a brokerage fee! I paid $347 on a guitar from France I wasn't expecting to have to pay.
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I believe Ishibashi uses EMS which basically goes to the post office here in the US. When I bought a guitar from them, there was no customs charge or brokers fee. I just wire transferred the amt Ishibashi was charging to their bank and the guitar came to my post office a few days later.
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What he said.
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I believe Ishibashi uses EMS which basically goes to the post office here in the US. When I bought a guitar from them, there was no customs charge or brokers fee. I just wire transferred the amt Ishibashi was charging to their bank and the guitar came to my post office a few days later.
Was it in good shape when it came? I've heard they're pretty good.
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Ahh, 2 threads on this? Check the other one

Jeffrey, no offshore dealer can tell you (or will tell you) what the US customs rate is
That's all fine and dandy, but I'm in Canada. I'm basically screwed from the start.
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