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 Post subject: Japanese limited edition models
 Post Posted: Fri Dec 05, 2014 7:04 am 
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Hello,

I just spotted this:






And my question is: WHY ONLY FOR JAPAN??!?! :cry:

- Matteo


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 Post subject: Re: Japanese limited edition models
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 Post subject: Re: Japanese limited edition models
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I'm sure Rickenbacker would sell their entire run of CB binding 4003 in the USA as quick as they could produce them. The higher priced (than a 4003) C64, C64S basses sold no problem.


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 Post subject: Re: Japanese limited edition models
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Mr Hall,

Your Dec. 5 comment seems a bit strident and a slight to all of the loyal US buyers like me that have purchased one or more of your company's guitars (in my case, three of them). We don't ALL demand "high end goodies" at "Asian guitar price" costs. A substantial number of us have recognized the value proposition in your guitars. It would have been nice if your comment had acknowledged this.


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 Post subject: Re: Japanese limited edition models
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I'm surprised that you found this "strident" (and you're not the only one it seems). I look at this from a different perspective- this is a compliment to you, that you're one of the ones that stepped up to the plate and spent your money for what you wanted, on a quality item made in the US. The Rickenbacker owners are the ones that are, in fact "putting their money where their mouth is" and perhaps it wasn't clear that I was referring to the wider guitar buying public where I still think my comments are accurate.

The clamor to reissue the 4005 bass is a case in point. Everyone seems to want one but when we cost it out and indicate a likely selling price, the room goes silent. In the case of these special instruments, our overseas customers told us what they'd like to have and when we gave them the price, they enthusiastically said "yes", a very different scenario.


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The Japanese limited edition that I really like was the Model 1999 reissue from a few years ago. I think there were 50 pieces made. There's a photo of a Fire-glo example in Paul Boyer's book.


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Uh........I have purchased a 4003 Mapleglo, a 4003W and a 4001S Special (P) all in the span of 1 year. That's a pretty big investment even by German and Japanese standards. I too would like to see the Model 1999 reissue from a few years ago. I love the "S" body shape and tone.


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