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PostPosted: Fri Oct 11, 2013 12:12 pm    Post subject: NGD: I am not to be trusted with 2 hours to kill in Tokyo Reply with quote

OK. I am in Japan on holiday. I stayed in Tokyo this week. Two stations from Ochanomizu. My younger daughter got a headache and we cancelled our afternoon. What was I SUPPOSED to do?!?






I don't like Strats and I had good self control, so all was well as I walked through the shops looking for (and finding) a well priced Fender Japan burst Strat for a friend. And then in the last shop I ducked my head into, I saw the one thing I knew I was weak for, a 70s Japanese Fender copy. And it was cheap. And then I played it (faaaairly selfconsciously in a shop in the middle of a foreign country whose language I don't speak, feeling like a gaijin wannabe) and it was sold.
Heavy like a meat axe, but - Fuji-gen 1977, pre CNC, blonde over 2-piece sen, great pickups, and a neck that will probably match my 84 Squier Tele when I get it dialed in.

So now a lot to lug around the country.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 11, 2013 12:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That is super nice looking. Love that authentic bananas and custard look.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 11, 2013 12:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

oh my... that is lovely
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 11, 2013 12:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oooh, you brazen picker.

This looks very nice.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 11, 2013 1:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

looks amazing!
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 11, 2013 1:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the compliments, although I think you would turn on me if I told you how cheap it was. I have to lug it and the Strat I bought for a friend through 5 cities with my young family in tow, so I am paying for it in effort.
Oh and I did my time as an amateur brazen picker - but once you turn professional you can never look back.


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 11, 2013 1:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

jaw droppingly nice. christ, I think I need to dunk my penis now after looking at that
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 11, 2013 1:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I like that.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 11, 2013 1:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very nice.
I like this particular mid-70's Fender vibe (heavy body, thick cream finish, white pickguard, decent rosewood, the headstock - all that nicely aged).
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 11, 2013 2:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Marc wrote:
Very nice.
I like this particular mid-70's Fender vibe (heavy body, thick cream finish, white pickguard, decent rosewood, the headstock - all that nicely aged).


I love that color combo. I typically dislike Strats also, but I love that. Nice score.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 11, 2013 2:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It just had that THING. Given the price (OK, it was 24 000) I was expecting it to sound thin and dinky - but one of the shop guys had next-level chops and as he played it I thought there must be something wrong with my ears, it sounded so good. Also, 3 position switch so none of that two-pickup "quack" bullshit I hate in the Strat sound. Can't wait to get it home and spend some quality time.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 11, 2013 2:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

beautiful.... and so cheap, jesus christ
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 11, 2013 5:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

cool guitar and "two hours to kill in Tokyo" sound like a Charles Bronson movie.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 11, 2013 5:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

LOL my family won't let me go to guitar shops anymore because I rarely leave without buying something.







Lucky for me, I am still allowed to be on forums. Smile
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 15, 2013 3:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I usually don't buy anything, I go to guitar shops for recon.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 15, 2013 4:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

roger that
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 15, 2013 10:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, that's the first in-shop purchase I have made in a long long time.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 23, 2013 10:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Update - got home today after about 4 hours' sleep total in the last 52 hours. Still I had to put it back together and fire up the Twin. It appears I found the kind of Strat that suits me perfectly.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 23, 2013 4:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

MatthewK wrote:
Update - got home today after about 4 hours' sleep total in the last 52 hours. Still I had to put it back together and fire up the Twin. It appears I found the kind of Strat that suits me perfectly.


Did you have to disassemble the guitar for traveling?
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 23, 2013 7:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

taylornutt wrote:
MatthewK wrote:
Update - got home today after about 4 hours' sleep total in the last 52 hours. Still I had to put it back together and fire up the Twin. It appears I found the kind of Strat that suits me perfectly.


Did you have to disassemble the guitar for traveling?


I've had to before. If I've bought a guitar while traveling for work, I usually want to make it fit in a rollerboard suitcase.
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