Guitars Japan is owned by John Hornbacher, I personally select and purchase all guitars on my site, I also handle all of the photography as well as the detailing/documenting of each guitar's specifications and condition. My wife Kim lends an expert eye and hand when needed and handles the careful packing and shipping of each instrument. We also have Japanese partners who live in Kyoto Japan, many of our guitars are sent directly from Japan to customers world wide. Buzz and Hiroko do an amazing job and are the heart of our operations in Japan.

If you have technical questions about an instrument or need special measurements taken, please email me at my address below. Collectively, I own over 300 guitars and have owned, played and assessed more than 10,000 original vintage and new Japanese guitars. My son Jaimal has taken over website design and maintenance from Andrew Mechling former owner of, and updates the site weekly. So, if you're looking for advice, a second-opinion, or are wanting to purchase a Japanese guitar, you've found the right people. Give us a shout : )

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