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    Buying from Japan

    Iím in the market for an EVH, and thereís a few on eBay that have caught my eye. Theyíre in Japan, and the prices arenít bad. Has anyone in the USA bought from Japan? What was your experience? Any pitfalls or things I should be aware of?
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    Customs fees upon receiving the guitar. Import fees that is, for bringing an item from anywhere outside your corresponding continent. You should expect an additional 30% of the initial price, or something close to that.

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    That's good advice @johnnyboogie. I see people asking a lot about japan guitars, and it's not just EBMMs. It seems like many instruments are sold in the japanese market that for some reason you just don't see over here in the states. Personally I've never pulled the trigger on any of them.

    Good luck @TonyEVH5150 !
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    Quote Originally Posted by Razzle View Post
    That's good advice @johnnyboogie. I see people asking a lot about japan guitars, and it's not just EBMMs. It seems like many instruments are sold in the japanese market that for some reason you just don't see over here in the states. Personally I've never pulled the trigger on any of them.

    Good luck @TonyEVH5150 !
    Indeed, the Japanese market has amazing stuff circulating. Not to mention that Japanese vendors are by far some of the best you can find.

    JPXI Cardinal Red G57082
    JP12 Cherry Sugar G59225
    JP12 7 Cardinal Red F29322
    MAJESTY Glacial Frost M08083
    MAJESTY Ferrari Rosso M07113
    ARTISAN MAJESTY 7 Rosso M04775
    NOMAC MAJESTY Timeworn Matte Silver M06246
    MAJESTY Charred Silver Sparkle M08237
    MAJESTY Dargie 3 M08360
    MAJESTY Gremlin Green M0????

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    Here's what has worked for me: Have the seller mark very clearly in the description of the item "Electric guitar originally manufactured by Music Man in California, USA. Made in USA."

    The thinking is that they can't tax/duty you for importing something that was Made in USA. The point of the duty is to charge you a fee to bring in foreign goods. This is bringing in an American-made item.

    I have imported 3 EVH's from Japan without paying any duty/import tax. I can't say for sure it'll work, but it worked 3x for me.



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    Quote Originally Posted by dibart77 View Post
    Here's what has worked for me: Have the seller mark very clearly in the description of the item "Electric guitar originally manufactured by Music Man in California, USA. Made in USA."

    The thinking is that they can't tax/duty you for importing something that was Made in USA. The point of the duty is to charge you a fee to bring in foreign goods. This is bringing in an American-made item.

    I have imported 3 EVH's from Japan without paying any duty/import tax. I can't say for sure it'll work, but it worked 3x for me.


    Thanks. I had thought bringing a USA made guitar back to the US negated the import tax/duty fee. I bought an EBMM from Canada that didn’t charge me for duty. I’ll see if that’s something I can have the seller do.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dibart77 View Post
    The thinking is that they can't tax/duty you for importing something that was Made in USA. The point of the duty is to charge you a fee to bring in foreign goods. This is bringing in an American-made item.
    Makes sense. If only that was the case for the rest of the globe =D

    JPXI Cardinal Red G57082
    JP12 Cherry Sugar G59225
    JP12 7 Cardinal Red F29322
    MAJESTY Glacial Frost M08083
    MAJESTY Ferrari Rosso M07113
    ARTISAN MAJESTY 7 Rosso M04775
    NOMAC MAJESTY Timeworn Matte Silver M06246
    MAJESTY Charred Silver Sparkle M08237
    MAJESTY Dargie 3 M08360
    MAJESTY Gremlin Green M0????

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    Again, if it doesn't work, don't be mad at me! I might have just gotten lucky. But that is what SEEMS to have worked for me.



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    Quote Originally Posted by dibart77 View Post
    Here's what has worked for me: Have the seller mark very clearly in the description of the item "Electric guitar originally manufactured by Music Man in California, USA. Made in USA."

    The thinking is that they can't tax/duty you for importing something that was Made in USA. The point of the duty is to charge you a fee to bring in foreign goods. This is bringing in an American-made item.

    I have imported 3 EVH's from Japan without paying any duty/import tax. I can't say for sure it'll work, but it worked 3x for me.


    That's what works for me as well

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    Quote Originally Posted by dibart77 View Post
    Again, if it doesn't work, don't be mad at me! I might have just gotten lucky. But that is what SEEMS to have worked for me.


    Zero blame from me if it doesn’t work. You have my word.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TonyEVH5150 View Post
    Zero blame from me if it doesn’t work. You have my word.
    If you're not 100% sold on it having the EVH signature there's a local cat that is selling his AXIS EX I can put you in contact or be the middle man.
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    Quote Originally Posted by peterd79 View Post
    If you're not 100% sold on it having the EVH signature there's a local cat that is selling his AXIS EX I can put you in contact or be the middle man.
    What color is it? I wouldn’t mind hearing about it.
    SBMM Cutlass - Seafoam Green
    SBMM Cutlass - Antique White
    SBMM JV60T - Toluca Lake Blue
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    Quote Originally Posted by TonyEVH5150 View Post
    What color is it? I wouldn’t mind hearing about it.
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    G53462 Silhouette Special
    SG31073 StingRay
    SG26540 LK100D
    SG23128 AX40D
    SG34621 VALENTINE
    SG36060 LUKE
    SG26016 AX40D
    SGXXXX AX30D

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    Thanks to everyone for their advice here. I was lucky and found the EVH I was looking for here in the USA.
    SBMM Cutlass - Seafoam Green
    SBMM Cutlass - Antique White
    SBMM JV60T - Toluca Lake Blue
    EBMM Axis Sport - Glacier Blue Sparkle

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