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Welcome to JAPARTS.ca!

We supply the greatest Japanese guitar parts and tools to luthiers, shops, repair specialists and musicians anywhere in the world! We offer the widest selection of DoMo guitar parts, GOTOH® tuners and Hiroshima Files Uo-Chikyu fret and nut files at the best prices!
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Uo-Chikyu Precision Needle Files

We now carry the very popular Uo-Chikyu precision needle file sets. These tiny, precise Swiss-pattern files have been used extensively by model makers and jewellers for years. We've found that they also have a home in luthiers' studios. They're perfect for working on the fine details of shell, wood, plastic, and some metals.

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GOTOH® Aged Copper Finish

Our 4th and final exclusive finish for Gotoh products has arrived! Similar to Aged Gold in its mottled relic appearance, Aged Copper has a rich, reddish-brown color that blends nicely with wood tones.

SGS510Z-S5-ACU L3+R31:188-o'clock; Contour buttons$85
SGS510Z-A07-ACU L3+R31:188-o'clock; Classic buttons$88
SGL510Z-L5-ACU L3+R31:218-o'clock; Contour buttons$89
SGV510Z-L5-ACU L3+R31:216-o'clock; Contour buttons$89

Limited styles and quantities available.

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GOTOH® Nickel Finish for Sealed-Gear

Gotoh's nickel versus chrome finish

It's here! The 3rd in our series of exclusives: nickel! For a long time, nickel has only been available for Gotoh's open-gear and closed-back tuners but not for any of their sealed-gear models. Vintage guitar enthusiasts have told us that they prefer nickel to chrome for their guitars. We listened. It's here.

SGL510Z-L5-NI L3+R31:218-o'clock; Contour buttons$79
SGV510Z-L5-NI L3+R31:216-o'clock; Contour buttons$79
SGV510Z-A20-NI L3+R31:216-o'clock; Classic buttons$85

Limited styles and quantities available.

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GOTOH® Satin Cosmo Black

Satin Cosmo Black with MG-Trad thumbscrew-style locking

First we introduced our exclusive Aged Gold finish. Now we're very proud to bring you Satin Cosmo Black. Dusky, silky, and smooth for a look that's sleek and unique!

Another exciting Japarts exclusive!

SGS510-S5-XCK MG-T L61:186-in-line, MG-Trad locking$99
SGL510Z-L5-XCK L3+R31:21L3+R3, Contour buttons$85
SGV510Z-L5-XCK L3+R31:21L3+R3, Contour buttons$85

Limited styles and quantities available.

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NITTO® First-Cut File

We're expanding our list of fine Japanese luthiers' tools and the latest is a Nitto brand saw file for slotting nuts by Ishikoma. It's the perfect tool for making that important first cut!

SKU: FC-FESF-01 | Price: $15

GOTOH® Aged Gold

We're very excited about this special finish from GOTOH, not only because it looks amazing but also because it's a Japarts exclusive! We're the only ones who have any of these and our supply is very limited.

SGS510-S5-AG L3+R31:18L3+R3, Contour buttons$85
SGL510Z-L5-AG L3+R31:21L3+R3, Contour buttons$89
SGV510Z-L5-AG L3+R31:21L3+R3, Contour buttons$89

Limited styles and quantities available.

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GOTOH® UPT Ukulele Planetary Tuners

GOTOH UPT-JP1-CW ivoroid buttons chrome white body installed on a High River ukulele

It's finally here: the (r)evolution of ukulele tuning pegs: GOTOH UPT Ukulele Planetary Tuners.

For how many years have ukulele players suffered awkward, imprecise tuning? No longer! These tuners are as smooth as butter and they never slip! They're lightweight (approx 15-17 grams each) and look amazing!

GOTOH® SD510 Kluson-style in Antique Gold

GOTOH's 510 series goes far beyond just the SG sealed-gear tuners. The 510 designation is a sign of GOTOH's highest achievement in all its categories.

The closed-back "Kluson-style" tuners are very popular for Gibson guitars and similar. The 510 models not only add technical advantages like the smooth and durable Lubri-Plate but also the satin X-Finish, known as "antique".

If you have a classic old Gibson that wants a new set of tuners but you don't want them to look too new, you can't do better than a GOTOH SD510 in antique gold with mint green keystone buttons! A classic look for a classic instrument, with all of the advantages of modern technology.

$88
SD510-SL-XG
  • SD510 Tuners
  • Fits 3+3 headstocks
  • 1:15 gear ratio
  • Antique Gold X-finish ("XG")
  • Mint green keystone buttons ("SL")
NOTE: The SD510 series are not drop-in compatible with regular Kluson-style tuners that require counter-sunk bore holes. See diagram for dimensions.
NOTE: The antique gold finish ("XG") is only available for the 510 models.

Uo-Chikyu Diamond Fret Crowning Files

Japarts is very pleased to introduce a new line of fret crowning files developed in collaboration with Hiroshima Files. Yusuke Kawakami, founder of Japarts and a luthier himself, worked with the craftsmen at Hiroshima Files to develop the Diamond Series of fret crowning files. These files are all double-sided, with a coarse 175 grit on one side and a 300 grit on the other for a finer finish. They come in three sizes: the 1R has a small radius for narrow frets, the 2R for medium frets, and the 3R has a large radius for jumbo frets.

Japarts is very pleased to introduce a new line of fret crowning files developed in collaboration with Hiroshima Files. Yusuke Kawakami, founder of Japarts and a luthier himself, worked with the craftsmen at Hiroshima Files to develop the Diamond Series of fret crowning files. These files are all double-sided, with a coarse 175 grit on one side and a 300 grit on the other for a finer finish. They come in three sizes: the 1R has a small radius for narrow frets, the 2R for medium frets, and the 3R has a large radius for jumbo frets.

$95
1R Small-radius Diamond Fret Crowning File
  • Small-radius diamond fret crowning file
  • Cutting width: 1.7mm(0.067")
  • Perfect for narrow frets
  • Double-sided coarse (175 grit) and fine (300 grit)
  • High quality, durable and precise made-in-Japan files
  • Genuine Uo-Chikyu brand by Hiroshima Files
$95
2R Medium-radius Diamond Fret Crowning File
  • Medium-radius diamond fret crowning file
  • Cutting width: 2.3mm(0.090")
  • Perfect for medium frets
  • Double-sided coarse (175 grit) and fine (300 grit)
  • High quality, durable and precise made-in-Japan files
  • Genuine Uo-Chikyu brand by Hiroshima Files
$95
3R Large-radius Diamond Fret Crowning File
  • Large-radius diamond fret crowning file
  • Cutting width: 3.0mm(0.118")
  • Perfect for jumbo frets
  • Double-sided coarse (175 grit) and fine (300 grit)
  • High quality, durable and precise made-in-Japan files
  • Genuine Uo-Chikyu brand by Hiroshima Files

GOTOH® Antique Gold and Beveled Washers

If you're looking for GOTOH®'s popular "antique gold" X-Finish, look no further. Any model that comes in that finish is a model we can supply for you, in any configuration available. Not only that, but you have the option of getting beveled washers to match your finish and make a classic set of tuners look more like they're a part of a classic guitar.

One of the most popular models of GOTOH® tuners in recent years is the SG510 in the XG finish, known to most as "antique gold". The X-Finish uses Lubri-Plate technology to increase durability and functionality but it also looks great! In particular, acoustic guitar owners have been drawn to its understated beauty.

There are many options available but we'll save some space by showing just a few of the most popular:

$98.38
L3+R3 1:21 SGL510Z-L5-XG
  • SG510Z "Delta"* Tuners
  • Best-in-class 1:21 Gear Ratio
  • Fits 3+3 headstocks
  • XG Antique Gold X-finish
  • Matching contour buttons
  • Screw hole at 8 o'clock
  • Beveled washers
$118.08
L3+R3 1:21 SGL510Z-BL5-XG
  • SG510Z "Delta"* Tuners
  • Best-in-class 1:21 Gear Ratio
  • Fits 3+3 headstocks
  • XG Antique Gold X-finish
  • Lightweight black contour buttons
  • Screw hole at 8 o'clock
  • Beveled washers
$96.37
Mini L6/L3+R3 SGS510-S5-XG
  • SG510 Mini Tuners
  • L6 fits right-handed 6-in-line headstocks
  • L3+R3 Fits 3+3 headstocks
  • XG Antique Gold X-finish
  • Matching contour buttons
  • Beveled washers
$116.19
Mini L6/L3+R3 SGS510-BS5-XG
  • SG510 Mini Tuners
  • L6 fits right-handed 6-in-line headstocks
  • L3+R3 Fits 3+3 headstocks
  • XG Antique Gold X-finish
  • Lightweight black contour buttons
  • Beveled washers
* Note that the "Delta" name is not an official GOTOH® name.

Beveled Washers to Complete the Look

The difference may be subtle, but it's real. Beveled washers look less mechanical, more organic. They make your GOTOH® tuners look less like hardware attached to your instrument and more like a part of your instrument. In this photo we show three normal washers (top) and three beveled washers (bottom). See for yourself the difference!

We offer beveled washers as an option with any GOTOH® 510 model in any finish for an extra $3.

Uo-Chikyu Nut Files

There's a good chance if you've heard of Uo-Chikyu (also known as Hiroshima Files) then you either own some of their files or want to. Their reputation for making precision files used for slotting nuts and filing frets is unsurpassed among luthiers.

The standard series nut files come in 34 widths, from 0.009" to 0.135". Unfortunately, it's difficult to find these single gauge nut files from most sources. It's easier to find the two sets (of 5 or 8) which provide you with some selection, but don't necessarily match up with any sets of strings that you'd put on a guitar. We can provide any of the available sizes and - after talking to some luthiers about the sizes they actually want - we've assembled a few cost-saving and convenient sets that match popular string gauges.

Individual nut files are $11.50 from 0.009" to 0.065" and $14.95 from 0.078" to 0.135". Most of our custom sets are $65 each.

2012 GOTOH® Catalog

There's a new GOTOH® catalog out for 2012 and we have it here for download. It's 40 pages of beautiful photos and detailed information. That also makes it a pretty hefty download (40MB) so please be patient. It could take a minute or two, depending on your connection speeds. Another option is to view it on their website in a Flash PDF viewer.

Something to keep in mind when ordering GOTOH® parts is that they are available in a number of finishes and configurations - many more than most people realize. Take a look at the photos on pages 6 and 7 to see some of the great options. Most stores will only carry a few of the most popular options, but GOTOH® offers so many more. Custom ordering is easy and fast. Why not try something a little different?

Download the GOTOH® Parts & Collection catalog or view it on their website.

Abalone and Mother of Pearl for Canadian Luthiers

As I'm sure you're aware, certain types of shell product that are commonly used when making guitars are no longer allowed to be shipped across the border from the USA to Canada. The good news for you is that we have a great supply of high-quality abalone and mother of pearl inlays, both pre-cut and blanks. You don't need to worry about cross-border shipping - we ship from right here in Canada!

To see these products and many others, download the DoMo Parts & Materials catalog.

And for Canadian luthiers who sell to customers in the USA, it's also more complicated to ship down south than it used to be if you use shell inlays. That's why we also carry great looking celluloid alternatives. With these non-shell inlays, you can make a beautiful product and ship it to your customers without the hassles of expensive and time-consuming paperwork!

Celluloid and acrylic inlays are listed in the DoMo Parts & Materials catalog. Note also that we also sell a 2mm celluloid dot inlay that is not listed in the catalog.

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