- Aug 21, 2015
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Has anyone here worked directly with a dealer/store in Japan to order a custom guitar from Tokai? If so, could you provide me a contact and a little info on how the process went?
The Tokai direct route interests me too; if not against rules, regulations and all other things making our lives not only wonderful but also for the better, do please paste them here?
Here is what i know. You can get Tokai custom shop to do ALMOST any of their guitars custom made to your specs. Now i've never done so myself so i'm not sure how much you could deviate off the normal specs. I have heard that if you can't get what you want from their custom shop order site you can plead your case to the president, Mr. Shohei Adachi. How true that is i'm not sure. I don't know who can do it outside of Japan itself so i'd think you'd have to have someone in Japan at least or if you happen to live inside a country that Tokais are allowed your dealer should be able to hook you up ?? Perhaps you could do it yourself.
You will need a browser that translates Japanese to English for this link but its fairly straight forward at first glace.
@currypowder i asked here as i find it 100% relevant to your own enquiry, but if you feel this is getting hijacked, kindly let me know and i'll cease posting.
As usual, @brokentoeswalker to the rescue; repeating myself, but much obliged
Short perilepsis, as context helps make sense of things:
After quite the consideration, i've settled on an ES type, for various reasons. Now the ES i want does not quite exist, so i'd either need it made from an 'independent' luthier or go brand custom, in which case meaning almost certainly Tokai due to budget constraints. Since you mentioned it, am an EU resident, so hopefully we've that out of the way as well.
Initial plan -albeit for a different guitar type at the time- was to contact Kurosawa, whom i've bought directly from in the past, ask them how and if; have yet to enquire if they even do this as i still lack the money, no point in making an ass of myself.
Is the site/store you link one you've used yourself? Or ultimately, one that you'd trust?
A lot of things go into a custom build, it isn't just about the money, communication is key too.
Not to doubt you or anything, don't misunderstand me.
I checked that site out and in the Q&A section it specifically says they don't customize neck profiles. Maybe with the right asking, I could get them to do it, but I'm not sure I want to go down that road, yet.