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  1. you say that like it's a bad thing? maybe i'll try this one for size....
  2. for that price ...i would start living in a cave and calling it "the precious"!
  3. those braincells are gone forever... but luckily i still have all the guitars!!! or at least most of them...
  4. need more pics, but i don't see anything yet that convinces me that Custom is fake. tuners are correct, headstock is close enough to the real variations. Gibson inlay looks reasonable. T/R cover looks correct. frets are about right. can't tell about the body though.... don't put much stock in the case. guitar cases get damaged, lost, stolen and replaced all the time. of course so do the guitars...
  5. well its still seems there is no clear answer. i have done some research into this issue today and it seems everybody is right to some degree. both FedEx and UPS will charge separate brokerage fees on ground shipments. both FedEx and UPS will waive the separate brokerage fee if you pay for air or if you pay a higher cost for the faster ground shipping. i believe based on the fee schedules that this is because (as someone pointed out) the fee is simply included in the higher cost. of interest, there are currently a few class action lawsuits in Ontario and Quebec against both UPS and FedEx for these charges which appear to violate consumer laws in Canada. you can google to find out more about it. in all cases you are going to get hit with Provincial sales tax and the Federal Goods & Services tax too. count on that. further yes USA made instruments are "duty-free" under the Canada/US Free Trade agreement, but other guitars made in Japan, Korea, Mexico etc can be subject to additional duty usually around 6%. but as i said in my first post, last year I bought an LP and had it shipped ground from California and it was delivered to my door and i was not charged any additional taxes or brokerage fees. now maybe the guy just forgot? but somehow i doubt that. earlier this year, a guitar shipped by ground UPS from Florida arrived, but i was hit up for the taxes and a UPS brokerage fee at delivery. same company, same method of delivery. in fact, it was even the same delivery dude. he asked me how i liked my guitar. anyway, sneaking stuff over the border in a car or whatever is always a risk. i've done it and got away with it but i also know folks who have had major hassles with Canada Customs too. the government can seize your goods and keep them or fine you for trying to get by without paying, if you get caught. you have to weigh the pros and cons and decide for yourself.
  6. what can you do? suggestion:sell your sister on ebay and buy a new computer.
  7. she used to be my girlfriend....but now its like we don't even speak the same language.
  8. yes i do. i own an LP Studio or two and a Duojet. you are looking at two very different guitars my friend. first the LP Studio is a "weight-relieved" guitar. that means swiss-cheese holes in the body. for more info check out a few other threads around here about LP construction. You are correct that the neck is thicker and flatter on the Studio. you didn't say specifically, but i am assuming the Studio has humbuckers? as opposed to some models with P-90s. anyway, nice solid all purpose guitar. the Gretsch Duojet is a different animal. for starters the mahogany body has been extensively routed (chambered) before the wiring and maple cap are installed. this provides some unique tonal qualities to the guitar. it also makes it significantly lighter in weight than the Studio. now you didn't say which sort of p/u's are on the Duojet. they usually come with either Filtrons (Gretsch's version of a humbucker) or the DynaSonic single coil (these are basically Seymour Duncan's version of the classic DeArmond pickups). although newer models have other variations available, like TV Jones SuperTrons etc. i have played both Filtrons and DynaSonics and prefer the single coil. but that's just me. i find the Filtrons are brighter and louder than Gibson's standard humbuckers. the DynaSonics capture the essence of the 1950's style twang in a unique way. definitely the neck on the Gretsch is slimmer and faster than the Studio. smaller frets too. personally i play the Duojet a lot more than the Studio. enjoy your guitar shopping!
  9. no...that's Old Black right there >
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