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  1. Re-Importing a guitar with a Rosewood fretboard

    22 May 2017 - 04:09 PM

    Apologies for this incredibly wordy post. I never read them when they are this long. Skip to the last sentences to see what to do to get a guitar with a rosewood fretboard back to the US.

    I wanted to document what all has gone on in order for me to get a Gibson acoustic back to the states.

    Good news - I scored a 12 string limited edition new Hummingbird about a month ago online from Peach guitars in England. Also good news was that it was more than a $1000 cheaper than any other advertised price, after conversion of pounds to dollars. I was assuming because of the comparatively weaker British Pound Sterling after Brexit.
    As soon as I bought it I got a congratulatory email from the guitar store telling me that am going to eventually receive an absolutely outstanding phenomenally playable and sounding guitar. After they put it through the re-importing process from England back to the states following the American Game and Fish commission rules for rare plants and animals. My experience is as follows, reproduced here to hopefully spare anyone who reads this and needs to go through it some time and frustration.

    A month has passed and I received good news that the guitar was cleared with the British authorities to be re-imported to the USA. Ball is now in my court. I have to arrange to have it accepted at a port here in the states. So I went onto the Game and Fish commission website because surely I'm not the first to do this and surely there will be pretty clear instructions on how to get er done. No such luck. I found the instructions to be completely indecipherable. Even after looking up the most likely species - Dalbergia latifolia, from India. It was down to one of 2 different applications to fill out then pay my $100 for the non refundable processing fee. I looked for and found an email address to ask some clarifying questions. I received a reply the next day with a link to the website and specific reference to the pages that I found indecipherable in the first place. Kinda like a Twilight Zone episode. I found a phone number in Virgina so I thought what the heck, let me call.

    It took only 2 attempts and about 10 minutes in digital phone hell and being placed (automatically no less) on ignore that I finally spoke to Carol. She was very nice and fairly knowledgable albeit very unsure about what to do. Is it a appendix II? Hell, I don't know. (it is by the way). When was it made? Not sure, I can probably get the serial number though and then I can tell you. I think recently though or at least that is what Gibson says. Where was it exported too? I'm assuming England. Oops nope, went through the Netherlands first. OK did it get there before or after March? Seriously? I have no idea. I did not and would not let one molecule of frustration be known for fear of prematurely ending my only hope of getting this done. She then said, tell you what, send me a pdf copy of the British document and send it to these 2 email addresses because I'm not sure which one it should be. I said OK, done. I said then will you please let me know, step by step, what I am supposed to do? Let's assume that I am challenged, which I am.

    I sent the email and received this reply within 20 minutes:

    IMPORT INTO THE UNITED STATES:

    A CITES document must be obtained from the CITES Management Authority of the exporting country. DONE!!

    A separate CITES import permit from our office is not required. YAY!!! However, you must ensure that:

    · the foreign CITES document is endorsed at the time of export.

    · the foreign CITES document travels with the shipment.

    · the foreign CITES document is validated (the CITES document must be stamped) for entry into the U.S. by the appropriate inspection authority, which will either be USDA/CBP or U.S. Fish and Wildlife service depending on whether the items also have wildlife components such as mother-of-pearl


    So fingers crossed I should get the guitar in one week.




    In summary: Get the export document from the other country and have them include it. In the US you don't need to fill out another form nor pay a processing fee to re-import it.

    Any least that is what it seems now. I'll let you know. The mother of pearl statement is scaring the crap out of me.
  2. Studio experience

    11 April 2017 - 03:36 PM

    Wow. 10 hour days not including fighting LA Traffic each way. Drums took the longest then vocals. Multiple takes for everything. We recorded individually. I still have guitar work and there is keyboard and a little bass to record but finished the majority of 11 songs.

    Studio is in Hollywood. I thought that part was cool.

    Playing an Acacia J-45 custom honeyburst (now my fav):
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    L-R: Keyboardist, Me, Nephew (singer) and the producer:
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  3. Bucket list time

    28 March 2017 - 11:09 AM

    I have wanted to record on an album since the 70’s. When I dropped out of college in 79 to pursue a rock star career, it only took me 6 months to realize a couple of things: I wasn’t going to be a rock star and I couldn’t make enough money to support myself.

    Fast forward 38 years. My songwriting partner and I will go into an LA Studio and record 12 songs starting Saturday. I took a loan against my retirement account. My wife supports the whole thing.

    I am nervous, anxious and incredibly excited about the whole prospect. Ryan Greene (Megadeth’s Countdown to Extinction) is our producer. He told us he has always wanted to do a classic rock type album (think dinosaur [crying]).

    I have learned a tremendous amount here on the Gibson forum over the last 6 or 7 years. Thank you.

    Now it's time for me to sh!t or get off the pot. Cheers and wish me luck.

    Any words of wisdom would be greatly appreciated, especially if it will save me some valuable time and or frustration.
  4. LA Traffic

    17 February 2017 - 01:56 PM

    I have been covering for a work partner of mine in downtown LA for a couple of months. It's a 1 hour 40 minute to 2 hour commute each way. Frustrating to say the least.
    My bandmate keyboardist does the same thing so we were commiserating over the experience and decided, "Hey let's write a song about it." He is a recording engineer for work (TV and movie studios) in LA so we recorded the song in his home studio. He then asked a friend from his work to make a video.

    Disclaimers: Syncing is all off including words and guitar playing but what the hey, it's all in fun. We recorded on Protools using his Nord keys and my Gibson Les Paul Custom lite (that I just sold). The hot woman eating the sandwich is a server at our favorite Chinese restaurant. :rolleyes:

  5. Quilter amps

    03 November 2016 - 03:50 PM

    Does anyone here own one and if so what is your experience with it?

    I jammed with another guitarist that is trying out for our band. He had a quilter aviator amp. Very lightweight and sounded great. Class D so lightweight and powerful. I have a bad back and would love to gig with something that sounds great and is lightweight. Reading their website they say that they've fixed problems associated with solid state amps and now can make them sound like tube amps.

    The other guitar player swears by his amp and is trying to sell me on getting one. I love my Toneking but it is a bit heavy.
    Apologies in advance if I missed discussions here before.



    Thanks

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    L8_4thesh0w 

    10 Feb 2015 - 01:46
    Cool. Your avatar reminds me of a Little Feat album.
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    Valeriy 

    20 Feb 2013 - 19:33
    All the best, Tman and Happy Birthday!
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    Valeriy 

    20 Feb 2013 - 19:33
    All the best, Tman and Happy Birthday!
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    Tman 

    18 Feb 2013 - 22:16
    Thanks Damian!
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    damian 

    18 Feb 2013 - 20:45
    Happy Birthday T-Man !!
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    damian 

    18 Feb 2013 - 20:45
    Happy Birthday T-Man !!
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    Tman 

    13 Jan 2013 - 16:59
    Got it! Check out the thread Beautiful Birdie!
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    Voodoo Monkey 

    13 Jan 2013 - 16:17
    Hi Phillip. How did it go with the 335 this weekend?
    Chris
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    Californiaman 

    17 Jul 2012 - 11:39
    A friend told me of a client who lived in Malibu who could fly to his company's HQ in Phoenix in the amount of time it takes him to get to his office in Los Angeles. Hope ya' got lots of good music to listen to while sitting in traffic.
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    Californiaman 

    17 Jul 2012 - 11:38
    Phil,
    I've had the most difficult time getting out of town this summer.
    My son and I made it as far as the Eastern Sierras for camping and fishing. Los Angeles is becoming a distant memory. You said you took a job there? Hey, why not work in Santa Maria. We need good doctors. That's what you do right?
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    Californiaman 

    06 Jan 2012 - 13:49
    Hey Phil,
    How did the show at Creekside go?
    It's hard for me to get out of Santa Maria. I usually don't like to do things alone. Kind of want my wife or a friend with me when I venture out.
    I will say this, I'll get to one of your shows in 2012. Hope all is well,
    Todd
    PS check this out just cut and paste it into your browser.
    http://www.youtube.com/watc...
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    Jinder 

    28 Dec 2011 - 10:29
    Hi Tman,
    Thanks for the kind words! I can't say I know much about the J45 Custom Rosewood, except for the fact that it's a great guitar! I have some 'Bird trivia up my sleeve as I played them for years and found their origins interesting...if I find out any more on your J45 I'll let you know!
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    Californiaman 

    30 Nov 2011 - 22:55
    Phil,
    sorry I missed your gig last night.
    It was my daughter's Christmas performance.
    Can't miss that now can I.
    Anyway, hopefully the 29th of December I'll be available. That's a Friday at the Creekside, right?
    Hope last night went well for you.
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    Tman 

    21 Oct 2011 - 17:15
    I tell ya, fog city!
    We're playing at the SoHo in SB Sunday at 7. Would love it if you and the Mrs could come!
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    Californiaman 

    21 Oct 2011 - 17:09
    What's up Tman?
    What do ya' have planned for the weekend.
    Beautiful weather we're having eh?
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