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Do any stores in the USA stock FGN guitars or are they all just questionable drop shippers? I tried to talk to a few dealers who show up via Google search but they either ignore me or are generally clueless.

The dealer list on FGN website is not accurate. They don't seem to have much of an online presence in the US.
 

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Do any stores in the USA stock FGN guitars or are they all just questionable drop shippers? I tried to talk to a few dealers who show up via Google search but they either ignore me or are generally clueless.

The dealer list on FGN website is not accurate. They don't seem to have much of an online presence in the US.

I think this is the only US distributor for FGN


In my experience, you'll be better off finding one for sale at a Japan store that will ship to the US. Ishibashi, Kurosawa and TC Gakki are a few that come to mind.

Are you looking for something in particular?
 

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I'd really like to try a NLS or NLC model in any environment with a decent amp.
Whatever stops me from selling gear at a loss and ordering one blindly is the correct answer.
 

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I'd really like to try a NLS or NLC model in any environment with a decent amp.
Whatever stops me from selling gear at a loss and ordering one blindly is the correct answer.

Unfortunately, I think that's going to be a tall order. As you have found, there are only a few "dealers" in the US, and they all seem to be internet only, likely just drop shippers as you mentioned. Finding an FGN in a physical store in the US that you can try out will likely be like finding a needle in a haystack.

It's not ideal, but here's a used NLS at a store in Japan that will ship to the US. All in you'd be looking at about $1K shipped (maybe a little less), a price that would allow you to flip with minimal loss if you don't bond with it.


Perhaps you can reach out to a member here who lives in your area to try one out. If you happen to be in or near Louisville, hit me up. I have an NLC you cant try.
 

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Fugigen USA has a sale on now. This links to one example model.
Whoah! Since when are they selling in the USA? :O
 

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Great price on a magnificent, all mahogany Custom.

 

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Great price on a magnificent, all mahogany Custom.

The name of the store cracked me up. But better than buying from hardon, though it would give it stiff competition.
 
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How does one purchase from these Japanese shops?

Do you get smacked with extra shipping, currency exchange, and customs and such?

What is good practice to ensure cooperation and avoid surprise fees?
 

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How does one purchase from these Japanese shops?

Do you get smacked with extra shipping, currency exchange, and customs and such?

What is good practice to ensure cooperation and avoid surprise fees?

Use a proxy. There are several, I tend to use From Japan (https://www.fromjapan.co.jp/), but there are others.

In addition to the cost of the item, you will pay proxy fees, use their exchange rate (which will be a little less than market rate) and pay shipping to you. Most of the costs will be known to you before pulling the trigger. The only wild card is international shipping cost, and that will generally be between $150 and $250, depending on the carrier.

Whether you are responsible for duties/customs/VAT will depend on your location. In the US, if an item is worth less than $800, there are no duties.
 

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