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HOSHINO USA 50TH ANNIVERSARY
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I don't need to write what you can read on the official site. But some things need explaining.
These guitars are 100% built BY Ibanez! For the first time in history you have the chance to buy a guitar Ibanez themselves actually built. There is only 1 of each guitar, there are 50 guitars, all of them unique.
There are links at the top of the main page, LA, JP, Collection, and Purchase. All 50 guitars are on the Collection page. Each guitar pictured is a link to a page about that guitar including complete specs and more pictures. At the top of the LA and the JP pages, the picture is a video, click the play arrow for a cool inside look.
The JPCS would be previously known by few as the Nagoya Prototyping Shop, now named the Japan Custom Shop. Make no mistake, these are not Fujigen built J Customs or Sugi built J Customs, which is going to be a point of confusion for many, these are JPCS. The quality is off the charts.
The LACS Los Angeles Custom Shop is already well known but has only ever produced instruments for endorsers.
You, cannot just buy these guitars. If you are interested in one you must put your request in thru a dealer. That dealer has to put his order in by 10AM Thursday 2/17/22 so you have very little time. It is considered a purchase order, there is no backing out so deposits should be required, but there is no guarantee we will get that guitar. Allocation will be by lottery using a program called wheelofnames. If I put in for 10 guitars I might get 3, or I might get 0. The drawing is Thursday and all of the dealers that received each model will be published on the Purchase Here link, so unless it was presold like the orders I have taken you will have a chance to buy it.
This was set to have been finalized today but as usual some idiot dealer posted the link on his Facebook page so Hoshino pulled everything down and came back with another approach, opening it up to everybody.
PRICING - NO PRICING ON THIS PAGE IS CORRECT. INVENTORY CRISIS HAS FORCED ME TO INCREASE PRICING TO BRONZE LEVEL SETUP AT SUGGESTED RETAIL PRICE. PACKAGES ABOVE THAT WILL DEPEND ON WHAT THE GUITAR IS BASED ON MY REGULAR FORMULA, STAINLESS/NICKEL/TREM/FIXED/ETC. ANYTHING I SELL I CANNOT REPLACE FOR 10 - 12 MONTHS AND MY RACKS ARE CLOSE TO 1/2 EMPTY. I CANNOT DISCOUNT WHAT I CANNOT REPLACE EVEN THOUGH I HAVE 200 GUITARS ON ORDER MOST OF THEM I WILL NOT SEE UNTIL SOMETIME NEXT YEAR. TO COMPLICATE EVERYTHING THE WAREHOUSES HAVE TRIED TO FREEZE OUT ALL THE INDI'S BY LOCKING UP ALL OF THIS AND NEXT YEARS ALLOCATIONS. THE INDUSTRY AS A WHOLE DOES NOT EXPECT DEMAND AND SUPPLY, PRODUCTION AND DELIVERY PROBLEMS TO SORT OUT UNTIL 2023.
THE NEW COST INCREASES WERE MOSTLY A HEAD FAKE TO SUPPRESS THE WAREHOUSES FROM LOCKING UP ALL ALLOCATION. VERY FEW PRICES CHANGED, MOSTLY FUJIGEN BUILT SIGNATURES MODELS BUT ALSO A FEW PRESTIGE, TYPICALLY RAISED $100 RETAIL. WITH INFLATION YOU COULD CONSIDER EVERYTHING ON SALE.
CITES - OVER!!!!
CITES FOR ROSEWOOD IS OVER. THEY REACHED A DECISION AS LONG AS THE ROSEWOOD CONTAINED IS UNDER 10KG IT CAN SHIP PERMIT FREE, ALL EXCEPT BRAZILIAN OF COURSE. THE IS POLICY WILL GO INTO EFFECT IN 90 DAYS SO NOVEMBER 29TH INTERNATIONAL SHIPMENTS CAN RESUME.
Charles Barber, the director of the forest legality initiative for the nonprofit World Resources Institute and a member of the rosewood working group shared: �The exemption for finished musical instruments is a common-sense measure that resolves a key implementation barrier for the otherwise essential rosewood listing. It will remove a major administrative permit burden on CITES authorities that did not have any substantive conservation impact, while continuing to regulate the raw material that goes into instruments. CITES implementation resources can now better focus on the illegal and unsustainable global rosewood trade in furniture.
NEW INTERNET SALES TAX LAWS WILL BE ADDED TO THE LINK ABOVE AS INFORMATION BECOMES AVAILABLE
AS A CONSEQUENCE OF THE SUPREME COURT RULING WAYFAIR VS SOUTH DAKOTA, NO MERCHANT SELLING INTO ANOTHER STATE HAS ANY CLUE WHAT OUR TAX LIABILITIES ARE TO THAT STATE. BECAUSE OF THE AMBIGUITY I MUST INSTITUTE A NEW IBANEZ RULES LAW.
YOU MUST AGREE THAT IF ANY STATE, COUNTY, CITY, OR FED SENDS ME A SALES TAX BILL RELATED TO YOUR SALE, *YOU ALONE* ARE RESPONSIBLE!! FOR THAT DEBT. UNDER THOSE TERMS I AM HAPPY TO FILL YOUR ORDER!
NEW PAYPAL USER AGREEMENT - THIS SUPERCEDES ANYTHING TYPED ANYWHERE ON THIS WEBSITE - PAYPAL IS NO LONGER REFUNDING THE FEES ON ANY REFUNDS, SO ANY REFUNDS TO A CUSTOMER ON ANY PURCHASE NO MATTER HOW LARGE OR SMALL CANNOT BE REFUNDED, YOU WILL LOOSE THE FEES. MOST DEALERS CALL THIS A "RESTOCKING FEE", LETS CALL IT WHAT IT IS, IF YOU USE PAYPAL AND RETURN OR CANCEL, YOU LOOSE THE FEES THEY CHARGE ME.
Any dealer can sell you a “guitar”, I deliver “instruments"
There are many online 'Warehouse' dealers and price matching "Mom and Pop's" out there, but I firmly believe none of them can compete in any way or on any level with Ibanez Rules. I can meet or beat any authorized dealer’s price and still deliver an instrument, or I can deliver the finest instrument possible, with several options available in between. Every guitar I ship has been meticulously inspected, prepared to the Service Level of your choice and budget, and has been tested to ensure that you receive a superb playing problem free machine. Information on these Levels can be found here. Guitar preparation aside, no dealer can compete with after sale support, including online or phone Tech Support, and Ibanez Rules Warranty Service on every guitar sold that even Ibanez can’t compete with. I currently inventory over 700 SKU's in factory Ibanez Parts, a parts program that was started 15 years ago to be able to service my customers warranty needs quickly and efficiently.
Previously I offered only one Service Level which I termed “Pro Setup”. I coined the term to mean that the instrument was prepared to the level of perfection to meet the requirements of the most demanding “Professional” player. Over the last few years I’ve seen this term thrown around so loosely that it has lost any of the original meaning intended, and now it’s accepted as any setup that has been paid for, no matter what the proficiency of the “Pro” doing the work. Now that I am an Authorized Ibanez Dealer I can offer multiple Service Levels to fit your expectations and budgets, from the casual weekend warrior to the most demanding touring professional. The breakdown of the available Service Levels is here.. To read the now defunct complete procedure for the [previously “Pro”] current Platinum Level, you can find that here,
So strong is my
commitment to deliver an instrument that I will personally pay all of your
US shipping costs if you have a need for warranty service within the first 6
months on any Silver or higher Service Level. This is unheard of in an
industry where the typical order is filled by warehouse personnel that never
even look at your guitar!
I WILL HONOR ALL OTHER DEALERS COUPONS & SALES!!! AND BEAT ANY COMPETITOR'S PRICE!!
With the warehouses virtually inventing holidays to advertise their sales, it would be my pleasure to accept any and all of their coupons, or any coupons or sales from any other retailers. Coupons are always based and deducted from Manufacturers Minimum Advertised Price [MAP] and are for like service. But always remember that while NObody in these warehouses has actually ever touched your guitar, every guitar I ship has been thoroughly inspected upon arrival and is guaranteed to arrive at your door ready to play out of the box, something no warehouse will ever guarantee you.
Unfortunately I cannot match these idiotic 20% coupons when warehouses want to clear space and give inventory away, leaving a 5% margin where 3-4% is eaten by payment processing fees and free shipping leaves nothing for profit and a probable loss. 15% coupons are the limit.
Some restrictions apply**
CITES Delays - Why hasn't my guitar come in?
The ban on 250 species of rosewood 1/2/17 has caused widespread mayhem in supply chain logistics. Reverb has a good generalize article of the why's, if you're not familiar, here. Now, even though this applies to rosewood [and bubinga also], guitars that have no banned woods are still in the same boat [pun] as the banned guitars. They're in the same container. [They might get wise and go to 2 20' containers, one full of non banned no permits required guitars, but if the beancounters get to vote, don't bet on it]
If it wasn’t in stock at HUSA before the rosewood ban went into effect 1/2/17, the only Japanese container came in early May. There is another currently stuck in customs as of today 5/17, they don’t know why it’s stuck in customs. There is currently no other MIJ container on the water, so they are at least 3 months behind on permits. They must have their permits cleared before they can put the container on the ship, and then once booked it has 2 weeks on the water. But - the 3rd world product flood gates have opened and they received 10 containers of MIC and MII last week, and have another 10 containers this week. They are not equipped to handle volume like that so HUSA is running far beyond ability. So now that they're sending out guitars, every dealer will be the choke point when they dump 4 months worth of inventory in our laps basically all at once. And at this time I still have 2 weeks work in the tech line and around 65 sold guitars waiting to come in.
There is no point asking for an ETA, because there are just too many variables that are complete unknowns right now. And they have no idea when Fish and Wildlife will streamline the permitting process so clearance doesn’t take 3 months, basically, nobody knows anything, except, to obey. If a non permitted container shows up in the US it will immediately be confiscated and the entire contents destroyed. They're not going to "sort thru" legal product and let you take it, you have illegally imported banned substances and under Federal Laws you are just fucked. Entire contents will be destroyed. This is a serious issue for everybody in this current global trade climate.
You personally are just as responsible if you export a used [or new] guitar without a permit, and if the importing Customs catches it, it will be confiscated and destroyed. It will not be returned to you, do not pass Go, do not collect $200. You have illegally exported banned material, you have to have it permitted to prove that it was legally obtained wood or predates the ban, but it has to have the permit to be legal. Once it is permitted, that permit will always stay with the guitar as it's "COA" and it will never have to be permitted again.
Permits in the US are [I believe] free for person to person shipping. [I am not sure this includes P2P sales. Sales make it merchandise and merchandise is a different application. The one I have to use.]. Permit fee paid to Fish and Wildlife is $75 for Used and $100 for New if it is Merchandise. The application form is 9 pages and typically government, so very confusing. It's intentional. I am still flying blind as I have not had the time to dive into this for a couple days and find out everything I need to know to start shipping the several sold guitars I have sitting here, waiting for me to get permits for [Sorry guys!]
2022 NEW MODELS
THERE ARE VERY FEW NEW MODELS FOR THIS YEAR. THERE WERE ONLY 2 PRESTIGE AND 1 J CUSTOM THAT I HAVE ON ORDER.
RG8570CSTNT - $3999
List - $2999 SMAP - SOLD OUT -
EVERY GUITAR IN INVENTORY IS PHOTOGRAPHED, WEIGHED, AND ADDED TO THE MODEL PAGE, WITH ADDITIONAL PHOTO LINKS WITH LARGE PICTURES SO YOU CAN CHOOSE THE EXACT GUITAR YOU WANT TO PURCHASE. YOU ALWAYS KNOW EXACTLY WHAT YOU ARE GETTING. THE SERVICE PACKAGE DETAILS WILL BE FOUND USING THE LINK IN THE MODELS SPECS. SOME PRICING TOO LOW TO SHOW.
SPRING SPECIALS ON SELECTED MODELS
EMAIL FOR DETAILS
ATZ100SBT - $3733.32 List -
$2800MAP - IN STOCK - Your Price
RG752AHMRPB - $2266.65 List -
$1699 MAP - IN STOCK - Your Price
RG FIXED BRIDGE
CASES - Included with every guitar, with some exceptions.
ALL GUITARS ARE BRAND NEW AND UNTOUCHED BEFORE THEY ARE INSPECTED,
MODIFIED, SETUP, AND TESTED.
ALL NEW JERSEY RESIDENTS MUST ADD 7% STATE TAX.
**ALL PRICES SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE**
**NEW IBANEZ PRODUCTS ARE EXEMPT FROM COUPON DISCOUNTS**
Good judgment comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgment!
Disclaimer - Ibanez Rules is not affiliated with Ibanez or Hoshino USA.
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