The hand-aged Gibson Les Paul Special is a replica of the original, but an American master craftsman made it exactly the way the guitar would look today, complete with aging, cracked paint and dents from scuffs and scratches. Never mind that Japan has its own respected guitar brands, including Yamaha and Ibanez. Nobuaki Suzuki, an editor for Japanese publication Guitar Magazine, said more Gibson and Fender electric guitars sell here in numbers — not just revenue — than Japanese guitars. Amateur musicians like Yamaguchi, who acknowledged he hardly has time to play his guitar and spends more time admiring it, may be just buying a dream. Gibson is one of the huge successes among American exports, which over the years have met mixed results in the finicky Japanese market.
For guitar-loving Japanese, it's gotta be American and it better be Gibson
USA custom vs Japan original? - The ESP Guitar Company
Of course, you get good and bad guitars anywhere — but there are some correlations between quality and country. Different locations and factories have to overcome a variety of obstacles when making instruments, no matter the eventual price of the finished product. Can small operations in Europe or the production lines of Eastern Asia possibly rival the behemoth of North American guitar manufacturing? Here are a few key points to determine the construction quality of a guitar based on build location:. Employing a skilled workforce is the key to making great instruments. This is simply because of a more readily available higher level of training. But the general cost of labour is much cheaper in places like Mexico, China and Indonesia — so companies make use of it.
Miscellaneous Brands There are literally dozens of other noteworthy brands of vintage and new Japanese guitars. Most of the below brands are either extinct now, or are so rare that dedicating a separate section to them is just not possible… Guitars-R-Us GRU A funny thing happened to me a while ago. One of my good Japanese friends told me about this brand of guitars that was really one of the best in Japan; Guitars-R-Us.
I was wondering what the differences are between the two, I can't seem to find a whole lot of info online about the differences. From what I have seen it looks like the USA has a different pickup combo, thicker body, and neck thru construction, is that right? What other differences are there between the models?