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Discussion in 'Other Single-Cuts' started by korby, Oct 12, 2012.
Ever heard of them ?
Haiku Custom Shop 350L Byrdland Scale | eBay
This makes me think they are trying to pass them off as made in Japan but aren't .
From the site :
"Haiku Guitars is inspired by the early pioneers of Japanese guitar business"
Nice. Never heard of them.
Haiku guitars rock
But could be made in china
mae geri my cash
This is very clever!
"The quality of Japanese workmanship is well known by players and collectors. Haiku Guitars live up to this high standard."
I picked up a 350H a few months back. It has a body like a ES-175 and plays real good. The finish is thin and dull almost like a matte. I sold my Epi Byrdland as the the tone of and neck of the Haiku is a little more to my liking. My Haiku plays too good and was too expensive to be made in China. It seemed to be on par with the MIJ Epi Byrdland. The Byrdland was a little prettier with more shine, but the Haiku palyed and sounded better plus the dull finish gives kind of a vintage vibe. It's a shame that you can find much information on these guitars, I might pick up a Tele copy if I could see some reviews, I don't want to buy one on ebay and find out it has thin necks like the old Tokai's. Anyone out there?
maybe they are chinese and bumping the price to make people assume they are mij?
why is the one on the site a 100% les paul copy but the one on ebay has got a different horn?
Website now says made in Korea and the price has dropped way down .
Just got back from GC. I played a used Haiku 475EXF with built in Compressor and Phaser. It had a serial number in the 100s it played and sounded great. Didnt buy because it was $4k and Im holding out for a tele. My sales rep said GC will carry Haikus sometime next year. He heard that Haikus sold in the US recently shifted from Japan to Korea to meet the GC price demands. He think the quality wont suffer too much since Haiku is doing it like Reverend Guitars with US set ups and custom wiring jobs. I don't know if I agree, MIK guitars can be decent but MIJ is always preferred. I think he said any serial number under 1000 or so should be Japan, so now Im holding out for a tele copy with a serial number under 1000.
I just got an byrdland L 350 it needed some setting up the nut needed dressed and filed. It has precise intonation with this scale it's a little tricky. This one has two push pull pots. Pickups are excellent. Extremely versitile and smooth sound. The byrdland scale makes for an light feel. Recommended.
Mine I'm selling in the emporium is way under 1000 , how sure of this are you .
Went to Guitar Center last night. My rep told me Haikus would be coming later in the year. He also said the Plush by Haiku was the first line released in the US in the long before Haikus were made in Korea. Anyone ever see a Plush by Haiku? I was told they are on par with Gibson Historic and that some come with the Jimmy Page wiring. I searched but cannot find any information online.
These must have tanked hard. See them on eBay occasionally and they go for around 300.
Prices are on par with Gibson's and nobody for sure knows where they come from....
Their are a lot of people on this site that know the in's and out's of MIJ, so if no have ever heard of them being manufactured in Japan, they probably aren't.
That's a lot of money for a MIC, without a history. just my 2c.
Those prices still put them in the same range as new Tokai's on Japan websites...so can't see them beating out MIJ anytime soon...
Their Les Paul style
Has the horn of an Agile
Fifteen Hundy? Nah.
They have a Byrdland
You could play Cat Scratch Fever