So, I just got back form Music Fest 2014 in Tokyo, and there's good news. Strandberg Boden 7s are going to be on sale in Japan by the end of this year. Official news, I heard it from Shun Nokina and the staff there. The brand new Boden OS line for the Japanese market, launched at Music Fair Japan 2014. Specs are: - Solid Flame Maple top - Chambered Swamp Ash Body - Birdseye Maple Neck with Walnut & Carbon Fiber laminates - Birdseye Maple or Rosewood fretboard - 26.25" - 25.5" scale - Stainless Steel frets - 20" fretboard radius - EndurNeck profile - Lace Aluma X-Bar pickups - 3-position blade switch - Master Volume - Master Tone - Weight: approximately 2 kg No corners have been cut in providing a more affordable .strandberg* guitar - they have 100% of the original playability and sound. Final pricing is yet to be determined, but aimed at ¥1,985,000 + tax <-- official statement (Typo on the price, its 198500yen which is roughly $1680) It's supposedly made by one of ESP/Schecter factory in Asia, presumably Korea, but when I tested it it felt nothing like a Schecter guitar in terms of quality. More like a high end Ibanez Prestige and Mayones to me (having owned both, of course). Maybe even better quality than those. And THE PRICE. Super stoked!! PS 6 string version might be on sale around March, according to the staff.