Bursts of Japan

Discussion in 'Vintage Les Pauls' started by Marshallow, May 15, 2017.

  1. Marshallow

    Marshallow Senior Member

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    I have no dog in the vintage fight but I thought it'd be fun to post some pics of bursts (and a couple of conversions) that are or have been on sale recently in Japan. You can easily find them on the Hyper Guitar and Digimart websites.

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    refin V.I.P. Member

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    Wow!
     
  3. brokentoeswalker

    brokentoeswalker Senior Member

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    I love this one. I wish there were more guitars without the book match.
     

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    time to get them back! ...in europe! :p
     
  5. Guitar Rod

    Guitar Rod Senior Member

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    I would fight any man, woman, or child for that guitar.
     
  6. Marshallow

    Marshallow Senior Member

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    '58
    3.69kg
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    3.69 kg?!!!
    Are all late 50s Les Pauls this light???
     
  8. Marshallow

    Marshallow Senior Member

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    Unlikely. Here's a 4.12kg '60 burst:

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  9. lashing

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    Hyper Guitars is a top notch shop in Tokyo run by a top notch guy.
     
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    Found this a few years ago, but I do not have ANY Details
    but it's amazing!!!!
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  11. Barnaby

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    ...one great thing about living here is the chance to play some of these instruments once you get to know people a bit. Hyper Guitars is one place I've had the opportunity to get up close and personal with a decent '59 and two '54s, one of which was OK and the other of which was jaw-droppingly awesome. Probably the single best guitar I've ever played. Should have mortgaged my soul and bought it. I've also managed to handle some beauties at other places, although the owners (and some dealers) can be surprisingly recalcitrant about things. It's pretty common for them to say something like "Sure you can play this burst, but please don't tell people that I let you." I guess they don't want tyre kickers beating a path to their door, and it's not like they need the publicity, as they seem to have no trouble finding buyers in Japan who will pay top dollar for the right guitar.
     
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    Does he still have his favorite "one away from Pearly Gates". First time I met that guy he opened a burst in front of me and walked away to get something else. 10 feet from the shop door. Do that on this side of the ocean and ... well no one would do that. I did meet him on some one elses recommendation but was still floored by it. Of course, perhaps its also the fact I touched nothing until he offered. People over here get so grabby. I love the Japanese collectors. Everything is kept well, manners are paramount and they dont yell/namedrop/BS like Western dealers do non stop. Wont see Kaz fighting/bragging in the forums either. Man .... I envy you living there.
     
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    I'm not sure if I've seen the same guitar, but it could very likely be. Like you, I've found that the things that make a difference here are being introduced, treating people with respect, being humble and building relationships carefully over time. Connections are king in Japan, as you know well. I've known foreigners who have lived here for a decade or more and yet who constantly complain about how rude, unhelpful or standoffish Japanese people are. In almost every single case, it's because these individuals have never understood (or have understood but have not cared) that, if you develop a relationship here slowly and patiently, mutual trust and genuine friendship at the deepest level are likely to follow, but, if you rush ahead, act like a selfish child and expect people to give you whatever you want right from the start, all it will do is drive them away.

    That being said, I'm not deep in the collector's world, which is an amazing one here. I'm still a casual outsider. My strong relationships are more based around my professional career and, to a lesser extent, guitar building.
     
  14. Marshallow

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    Well, seems like Photobucket isn't working anymore even after paying a yearly fee.
    So here's a picture, using the Imgur image-hosting app this time, that I actually took myself of a '59 at G-Club when I visited last weekend.

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    Wow! This one would never be marked R9, rather R8 by today's G standards.
    However it's beautiful!!!

     
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    I have also met this guitar and the owner is also a very nice guy. I also got him to sign one of his books.
     

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