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Three have just gone up on Ikebe:
http://www.ikebe-gakki.com/search_fair.php?fairId=48

- available in red, black or purple
- looks the same as last year's RG8470Z but with a True Velvet instead of Blue Velvet middle pickup (couldn't tell you the difference as I always go for H-H setups)
- not seen neck specs - presumably the current J-Custom fave 17mm-19mm Super Wizard as opposed to the chunky neck profile of the RG8570 from a few years ago

I know some will complain there's hardly any change, and yes that's boring for those of us fortunate enough to already own a J-custom, but at the end of the day it's a winning superstrat formula and putting aside quibbles over the current trem or personal pickup preference, I'm sure these guitars will totally rock.
 

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only one word, boring!! Either Ibanez R & D doesn’t look at other guitar brands or they only have limited colors available in their guitar design software.
 

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Ahh yes looks great, I'll take it in black thank you.

Anybody imported one to Germany or Luxembourgh from them ?
 

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Maybe a new model wasn't planned at all, and this is just because the Blue Velvet has been discontinued in favour of the True Velvet. Probably wouldn't be treated as a new model if it was just the addition of a purple option. This would back up what I read in another thread that the current run of RG8470 / RG8420 was supposed to be a two year run.
 

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The new purple is stunning indeed - took this pic at Kurosawa in Ochanomizu, Tokyo, earlier this week. According to their tech, sales of this color are still hesitant, black onyx still sells best (although IMHO it is pretty boring compared to red spinel and the purple in real life). He also said along the lines that a J Custom lives off DiMarzios, maybe Seymours, but EMGs are definitely crippling the basic idea:

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You can also get one from Ishibashi, I got mine from them, it wasn't complicated at all. By the way, the duties and taxes are about 370$ here in quebec.

http://www.ishibashi-webshop.jp/shop/c/c105402/
Hey good news but I'd need to take japanese lessons just to know on what I should click in their web site!!! Is there an english page where we can order?

Ok I found that: http://www.ishibashi.co.jp/international/main.htm

But in the faq at the bottom of the page it is stated that "No export model from Fender Japan, Takamine, and Ibanez Japan is available from us"

Am I missing something or we can no longer order a J Custom from Ishibashi?
 

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But in the faq at the bottom of the page it is stated that "No export model from Fender Japan, Takamine, and Ibanez Japan is available from us"

Am I missing something or we can no longer order a J Custom from Ishibashi?
No, it only means that some models made in japan that are only available to other countries except japan, are not available for sale because they can't have these in stock. Since the J-custom is made and sold in japan, you can order one with no problem.

As an example, the RGT320Z is made in japan but not available to japanese residents, so you can't order one from a japanese webshop.
 

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Kurosawa has a remarkable website if you find your way around. Here are all the Ibanez guitars they have in stock right now:

http://www.kurosawagakki.com/tags/search/1/151/index.html

Most of them are depicted with pictures of the very guitar they have at their individual stores. There is always an e-mail adress you can write to for inquiries about that particular instrument. This is priceless as you can exactly see the instrument you are ordering, and I am sure they will answer individual detail questions as well.
 
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