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Your best source for Gotoh, Uo-Chikyu, and DoMo!
Your best source for Gotoh, Uo-Chikyu, and DoMo!

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Here's something that can confuse people when they're wanting to order a set of tuners: left and right. It's a small something, but it does crop up from time to time.

In most cases for a 6-in-line headstock guitar, the tuners go on the LEFT side of the headstock when you play RIGHT-handed and vice-versa. People like to see words that match up with what they're thinking and if they're thinking about their hands, the word "left" will look wrong.

The easiest way to match your thinking with the product is to remember that the tuners don't care about what you're doing with your hands, they just need to get installed with the buttons pointing in the correct direction - outwards.

Over the years I've tried a variety of descriptions but I might start adding the graphic below to my emails. It's much easier to look at a graphic than to imagine a situation from words alone.

If you really want to get otaku* about this, the truth is that left and right designations are actually about the relationship between the worm gear and screw. Tuners for slotted-headstock guitars are reversed: L3 would be three tuners for the right side of the headstock. Slotted-headstock guitars tend to be balanced left and right, so it rarely comes up.

By the way, we can get Gotoh tuners in any quantity and configuration. So it doesn't matter how many tuners you need or which side of the headstock they're on - we can help you out.

* Otaku is a Japanese word that means "person with obsessive interests" but if you're otaku about words you might be interested to learn that it is also a very formal way to say "you" and before that meant "house" or "family."
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From now until Sunday we're having a 13% off sale on orders with a value of at least $70 USD! Now would be a perfect time to get some Gotoh 510 minis for your 12-string guitar!

Contact us info@japarts,ca for information or to make an order!
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Cosmo Black Friday Sale! Right now we have sale prices on all of our ebay listings, but we will also have a special sale for direct orders. All Gotoh's Cosmo Black products 15% off the regular price! Check out this flyer for a few great examples. If there's something you've been wanting to get in Cosmo Black, this is the time for it!

Sale prices are in effect from Nov 25-27, 2016 (PST). As long you get an email in to us within those times you can get a quote for sale prices. Responses may take some time (it's just me answering emails), so please be patient.
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Obon is upon us, so put on your yukata and get ready to dance! Our shipping departments in Japan and Canada are taking a break to pay their respects to their ancestors, spend time with the family members who remain, and dance the Bon Odori. For this reason, Japarts will be on holidays from August 11th to the 15th and will start to ship orders again on the 16th. Arigatou gozaimasu!
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Gotoh has a new product out for violinists: the VA-01 violin adjuster. Check it out!
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Left: SGL510Z (21:1) Right: SGS510Z (mini 18:1). Fit exactly the same for L3+R3. Mini tuners are required for 6-in-line headstocks but some prefer them for acoustic guitars, too.

Extra details... Left side is GG (gold) with BL5 black acrylic Contour buttons. Right side is CK (cosmo black) with HS5 faux horn Contour mini buttons.

#guitar #Gotoh #tuners
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Uo-Chikyu nut files (0.067" and below) are switching to stainless steel over the next year or so. We currently have some 0.011, 0.013, and 0.032" files in stock.

Functionally they are the same, but the new stainless steel files are much more flexible. And, of course, rust resistant.

Much like the previous switch in design we have no control over which files we receive when we order them and we will replace old stock with new only when it has sold out.

#tools #guitar #luthier
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Canada Post is getting locked out soon, so for Canadian orders we will ship by UPS. Orders to the USA from Canada will be shipped by DHL. Orders shipped from Japan to non-Canadian destinations will not be affected. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to send us an email at info@japarts.ca
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We're having a bit of a sale on some Gotoh products at our ebay store this week! Standard SGL510Z and SGV510Z L3+R3 sets as well as a few accessories in XG. Check it out!

Secret extra: we have L3+R3 sets with HL5 and HS5 faux horn buttons in our Vancouver inventory. If you're in Canada or the USA and want to get a set, shoot us an email (info@japarts.ca) and we'll give you the same discount (13%) during the sale. Offer good while supplies last or until June 30th. Mention code: "Last Days of June"

#Gotoh #510
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Did you know there are 3,792 standard choices* for Gotoh's SG510 series? More, if you include our own exclusive options like Aged Copper finish or HL5 faux horn buttons. Find a look that's all your own! ‪#‎Gotoh‬ #510

* 6 bodies x 5 string posts x 18 buttons x 7 finishes + 12 Luxury Mode.
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