I wanted to put the new CITES exemptions to the test so I bought this used Seed Kotetsu that I have been wanting from Japan. Seed is the import (i.e. Chinese made) line for Sago a boutique maker in Japan. The model is the signature for Machiya (Shin Oumura) of Wagakki Band and ma:ture. This guitar is a 839 mm scale (33") baritone with 29 frets tuned BEADF#B. The trick with this guitar is that if you capo at the fifth fret, it becomes a 25.5" scale guitar in standard E tuning. You can change tuning on the guitar by just moving the capo. There was not a single CITES issue. The Japanese were way ahead and many companies and proxy services sent out notices ahead of the Nov. 26th date to let customers know they could ship rosewood after the 26th. No issue on the US side. The guitar was picked up 12/2 (Japan time) and arrived today so about 4 days. This guitar was well packed. Front Back P90, single coil humbucker arrangement Very clean for a guitar that was listed as B+ The fretboard and fretwork is very good. Nice rolled edges and clean frets Markers at the fifth fret A comparison with my basses A comparison with my guitars This is a Chinese made guitar which is not something I usually buy. But....the Sago made (Japanese custom shop) version is north of $6K and a special order requiring Japanese to navigate. The build quality is rather nice for a Chinese made guitar and better than the Korean made Ormsby I sold recently. The guitar played perfectly needing a bit of tuning although I'll have to adjust the relief and action a bit due to the climate differences between California and Osaka. FOr a used guitar that was listed as B+, the guitar appears essentially new. The only minor issue is that it was missing the usual tools for the guitar but someone had put Schaller locking pins in which is something I usually do anyways so I call it a wash. The guitar is fun to play and it looks like the CITES issues are gone for now. I have been noticing a lot more listings from the various Japanese stores on Reverb so I think they are happy to be able to ship rosewood again.