Warranty: Banter exists all over the Internet regarding the warranty or lack-there-of for Megabass rods. Warranty concerns have been a continual battle between Megabass USA and Megabass Japan since official distribution of these rods began in the United States in 2005. To make a long story short, warranty matters are handled differently in Japan than they are here in the States. In Japan, people take responsibility for proper treatment of their gear and do not expect a manufacturer to compensate them for misuse.
The etched aluminum butt cap on our GTZ stick.
Understanding that there was need for some common ground between the practice in Japan and the replacement programs offered by many manufacturers here in the States, Megabass USA has recently negotiated the following practice with Japan.
I again went out of the recommended lure rating tossing this Bull Shad swimbait on the F4-72GTZ, but I really wanted to test this stick during a hot striper bite. My risk was met with quite the reward!
All rods are still covered under a limited one year warranty to the original owner. The customer is requested to inspect each rod upon arrival very closely and report any potential problems within ten days of receipt. If the shipping tube is damaged during transit, do not accept the package or report it immediately to the carrier if the package was left at your door. Megabass USA will accept returns within 10 days of receipt IF the item is unused, contains all original tags, and the original invoice.
Note the fluted detailing on either end of this aluminum sleeve at the split rear grip of the ICBM BGS eliminating the need for separate winding checks.
If you experience a breakage or failure of any sort after the initial ten day inspection period, but within the first twelve months, contact Megabass USA immediately to discuss the issue and begin your warranty claim. You may be requested to send the rod in for inspection. If it is decided that the rod is irreparable, you will be given the opportunity for a one-time replacement for a fee of $150 - $200 depending upon the model of your rod. This cost covers international shipping, handling and importing fees from the factory within Japan to your address.
I'm not done with this rod yet. It goes right back into active duty helping to test the Daiwa Megabass Ito Monoblock Bespoke Topaz!
Megabass USA stresses that Destroyer and Evoluzion rods are designed and built to be used within their specified line and lure rating ranges and are particularly susceptible to failure if used outside of this rated range due to the extreme high modulus of the blank material. The industry standard for top quality graphite rods is 40 ton graphite. The Megabass Hi-10x blank is made of 50 ton graphite. There are those in the industry that state it’s not possible to build a fishing rod blank with anything greater than 40 ton graphite nevertheless Megabass is making this claim, so perhaps this could explain some of the breakage issues we’ve heard from readers and the caution Megabass USA is trying to get across to its customers.
In case you were wondering, yes, this stick does actually do well with the baits it was designed to support - crankbaits!