Guitars – Japan Style

While in Japan there was one thing I really wanted to do but was not sure if it would be possible. See some cool custom Japanese Guitars. My mate Les has been building his own guitars for a few years now and has just about gotten me into the craze… there are some awesome builds out there in net land if you want to look them up.

While in Shinyuku we passed a cool looking Guitar shop and I had to duck in to see what was what and here is what I found.


image I really liked this one as it has simple lines and switches for the pickups and what nots… The colour is also good and simple which for me is a plus. Cost 89,880 yen.

DSCN0271This store had everything you could need to build a guitar from scratch including some very cool pups in the glass case (bottom right). Me thinks Les would be jealous of this place!

Below is a selection of the custom guitars the place made or will make – which is pretty much anything you can think of.


Close up of the Angel Guitars






What that you say a 7-string guitar is “bassee” enough for you. Nah I what an 8-string Guitar… DSCN0277

Further proof it really has 8-strings!


Needless to say this store had some of the best examples of custom Guitars I have seen.

John Scalzi in the Wild

Well not John himself but a few of his books.

I managed to snap these at a bookstore near our hotel in Tokyo – I know I have a lot more to blog about the trip but this will have to do for a start.


Reading left to right – Old Mans War, The Ghost Brigades, and The Last Colony.


Me with The Last Colony – I did think about buying them, but as I have them already and in a language I can actually read I left them in prominent position for a Japanese reader to find and buy! I know that John has posted these on his blog when he gets Author copies of them, but I thought it would be nice to see them all together and the covers are really good… I wish all covers where done like this it makes the books look really exciting… not that they are not exciting to read… I’ll go now…

But before I do… here is the Gundam which was built in Odaiba in Tokyo… It is so fantastic and I am so glad we got to see it. As you can see from the people standing at the base – it is BIG… REAL BIG. make my little model (which I am yet to start building) look a little small compared… but a don’t have the room to have a 4 storey Gundam in my yard so the Gundam on the shelf will have to do!


Japan – a reason why


To see this rising over the train tracks we head to the park land of Odaiba.

Gundam2 To glance aside and see the RX78 Gundam waiting in the tree line, waiting… watching…

It’s finished and will be up for our whole trip to Tokyo!

I am so excited I really can’t hide it – I had to post this before heading to work just to get it out of my mind for a minute.

Thanks for Danny and Punynari please follow links for photo source and for more shots… Hope to get some myself soon.