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  1. 1031 Exchange

    31 October 2017 - 06:30 AM

    Well, in response to Digger's suggestion to get some new topics started, I thought I'd join in the fun.

    I still swing by the forums, and I've still got a bunch of Epiphones, but frankly, it's the Guilds I've been playing lately, first the 12-string (which is AWESOME), then the F-50R (also awesome).

    Anyway, the news is, Mrs. Cougar and I are selling the Southern California house I moved out of to move in with her back in 1999, which we had rented out up till now. Its value has appreciated tremendously, which means a HUGE capital gains tax - hundreds of thousands of dollars. But if we promptly buy another 'like kind' rental property, all those taxes are sheltered. And a 'vacation rental' qualifies. So we just got back from a trip up the panhandle of Idaho checking out places around Lake Coeur d'Alene and Lake Pend Oreille. Really big, deep glacial lakes....

    We looked at one place we call the rock star house, because that's who would rent it. Huge place with the most awesome view of Pend Oreille. It's not even finished and out of our price range anyway, but what a place! (1st pic)

    We're seriously looking at another place with a view of Pend Oreille. Quiet. Secluded. We're hoping it doesn't sell before the SoCal place closes...

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  2. reverb vs. ebay

    22 May 2017 - 06:16 AM

    Looks like upstart reverb was hurting ebay's bottom line, so ebay reduced their final value fee on music-related items to 3.5% instead of their whopping 10%.

    Bravo reverb!
  3. GC's "Guitar-A-Thon"

    01 May 2017 - 04:54 PM

    I got GC's email about their "big sale." I know, it's just a marketing thing. I don't always bother clicking the link, but I thought I'd look and see what they had and for how much. The high-priced stuff was still high-priced. I don't know if those prices are reduced any. (Man, that SJ-200 is a good looking guitar, isn't it? I'm playing a Guild jumbo that cost used about 1/3 what they're asking for that brand new burst Gibbie "platinum" SJ. It'd take hitting the powerball at this point for me to pick up that $4,349 item though.)

    So even though these are presumably "price reduced" items, these are now the prices from which you should be asking for a 10-20% discount, I would guess? I'm not really in the market. I don't see anything I "need." I'm rather astounded, though, that they have eight makes/models of guitars for under 100 bucks! What the heck, are these, like, disposable or something? Posted Image And I noticed that (undoubtedly very cheap in all respects) Alvarez 12-string acoustic electric for $350 brand new. How bad could it be? OK, yeah, probably awful tuners, etc., etc... And no, I don't want one. I've got a great 12-string. Then I looked at the specs for this $350 12-string:

    • Features: Solid A+ Western Red Cedar Top, Mahogany Back and Sides, High Gloss Finish
    • SYS250 3-Band EQ w/Tuner
    • FST2M - Forward Shifted Scalloped Bracing
    • Real Bone Nut and Saddle
    • Rosewood and Abalone Rosette

    Jeez, I didn't figure the nut and saddle would be bone. Nor the top solid cedar! Still don't want one, but I'm certainly surprised....
  4. Shipping to the UK

    25 April 2017 - 05:25 PM

    I just got an email asking how much to ship the guitar I'm selling to the UK. I politely declined. I only ship to the lower 48, which is hassle enough!

    It's an interesting question though. What is the standard for shipping a guitar from US to UK, and what's the typical price (say, from the west coast)? [I don't think the ~ $600 value of my guitar would justify the cost of shipping anyway.]

    And yeah, I've seen all the talk about the extra hassle with the "rosewood restrictions," which I ain't gonna worry about because... I only ship to the lower 48. Posted Image

    But for those who ship international, that's not the end of it, is it? Customs? What's the story there?
  5. 2009 Masterbilt EF500 MNS

    23 April 2017 - 12:46 PM

    Update: SOLD

    Sorry to let this beauty go. I had an offer, which I accepted, but then the guy backed out, so she's still up there. Here's the posting in the forum Trading Post. Or here's the reverb listing.

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    G Mac 

    08 Sep 2016 - 18:38
    Hi, Cougar! I, too, am humbled by your post in the crazy gig thread. As a Cryptkicker, you've been there and back. Thanks for sharing your story and your cat affection! Peace!
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    Cougar 

    09 Feb 2016 - 18:16
    Hey Dennis,
    What do you recommend? The seller said he just got the Guild set up and new strings, so I haven't changed them yet. I think I'll take it down to my tech and have him check it over and restring it while he's at it. ;^)
    Hey Retired,
    Sorry I missed your comment until now. Yeah, I picked up an ES339 Pro, and I don't use the split coil much. I l...
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    DennisB643 

    09 Feb 2016 - 07:54
    Cougar
    What brand and gauge of strings are you using on your 12 string(s) currently?
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    Retired 

    25 May 2015 - 00:04
    Hi Cougar. Thanks for the help on the Epiphone. I did get the black Standard, it plays and sounds great. My cousin who taught me to play had a black Gibson with white trim, always thought it was cool. I could have gone a $100.00 over the budget for a Pro, but now have enough extra for a Blues Pedal. Thanks again for your help.
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