Post Number: 1127
|Posted on Monday, June 18, 2012 - 1:43 pm: |
I went to Japan for about a week - had a family reunion in Iwate prefecture (north from Sendai) - but also made it into a few guitar stores in Tokyo & Kyoto. One place I went to was Ikebe in Shibuya - I used to go there all the time as a kid growing up in Tokyo, so I make it a point to try and get back there, kind of a pilgrimage. Now they have multiple stores in different buildings, each with a different specialty - new stuff, used stuff, woodwinds, etc. They have a bass specialty shop too, called the Bass Collection, with some amazing stuff, like a '70s Carl Thompson refurbished by Carl Thompson himself, some Ritters (first I've seen in person), an old Wal, THREE Walter Woods amps (never seen one of those in a store either), etc.:
You can also see a couple of Alembics:
Sorry it's not such a great picture, it's just a larger detail of the first one. I asked if it was ok to take pictures, he said it was ok to take a shot of the store, but not individual instruments. You should be able to see their official detail shots here - just click on the manufacturer and it should take you to their inventory page. The one on the right has a similar tailpiece to the one pictured in this thread where the ball end just clips on instead of being threaded through a hole.
I like to come back with something, so I picked up a huge triangular pick by the Japanese company STR - I got the thickest one - 1.50 mm! It's a great pick, just hope I don't wear it down too fast...
Post Number: 14
|Posted on Monday, June 18, 2012 - 2:21 pm: |
Here's a direct link to the Alembics they have in stock with the official detail photos - sweet.
Post Number: 20
|Posted on Monday, June 18, 2012 - 10:42 pm: |
Can one order one of these and have it shipped to the states, if so, how do I work with the language difference? I imagine many Japanese speak good English.
Post Number: 1130
|Posted on Wednesday, June 20, 2012 - 11:28 am: |
Ishibashi is pretty well known as having good English service - not sure about Ikebe. I don't see anything on their website advertising English services - which doesn't mean they don't have any. The only email contact page I can find is all in Japanese, so maybe just send them an email via firstname.lastname@example.org?
Post Number: 161
|Posted on Wednesday, June 20, 2012 - 11:47 am: |
The walnut on the Signature Standard is outstanding although I've got to admit that, until I looked it up, I had no idea that there was something called Crotch walnut.
Post Number: 162
|Posted on Wednesday, June 20, 2012 - 11:53 am: |
The walnut on the Signature Standard is outstanding although I've got to admit that, until I looked it up, I had no idea that there was something called crotch walnut. After reading about it, it all makes sense.
Post Number: 1886
|Posted on Thursday, June 21, 2012 - 9:44 pm: |
ccc, since Ikebe is an Alembic dealer, I'd think Susan or Mica could suggest someone to speak to 'over there' who can speak English to a gaijin !
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