Originally Posted by Nick
They're not really a restoration place, as far as I can tell. From what I've seen on Reverb and eBay, they import guitars from Japan and resell them at a fairly high markup.
It's equivalent to what all the Japanese guitar brokers do on eBay, except that Mike & Mike actually buy the guitar first, import it, and then put it up on Reverb/eBay. The brokers just scan Japanese merchant and auction sites, grab the pictures without authorization, and then toss up the listing on eBay. They never even see the guitar until you click "buy it now" on their auction.
Mike & Mike's is a more ethical business model, but you definitely pay a premium for having the guitar already out of Japan.
Since they're in Washington State, I figure they have a contact in Japan who does their buying for them.
Regardless, this is awesome--the J-Customs are all so cool-looking.