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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 >
  10. from Premier Guitar mag by Steve Ouimette ... Even in this economy, addictions run wild. Just take a look at some of the popular gear forums and you’ll see that guitars, amps and pedals are being bought and sold en masse. Maybe the prices have come down, and maybe it takes a little longer for an item to sell, but it’s definitely still happening. I recently sold an amp and was stunned when ten minutes after placing the ad there were over 100 views and two offers. It sold within 12 minutes at the full asking price with no reservations whatsoever. Now I’m not saying this is typical (this amp is extremely popular in some circles and doesn’t usually come up for sale) but it does validate my point. To help determine if you are a gear addict I’ve put together a set of symptoms derived from conversations with others in the 12-step tone program (“Hello, my name is Steve Ouimette, and I’m a gear addict”). Be honest with your answers and the truth will reveal itself. You may even come up with a few of your own criteria that will help you come to grips with the specifics of your particular addiction. Let’s begin. You might be a gear addict if: 1.You find yourself saying the next guitar will be your last purchase…at least for a while. 2.The amp you bought just last week isn’t as good as the one you read about this week 3.Mustard caps sound better than Orange Drops but you can’t remember your nephew’s birthday 4.It bums you out that your fingerboard isn’t Brazilian 5.You constantly find yourself putting together lists of what you can sell to fund other gear purchases 6.You take delivery of equipment at your office or a friend’s house so your wife doesn’t see another box arrive at the house 7.You actually consider the cosmetic similarity to another amp or guitar so when your wife spots it you can say “That one? Nah, I’ve had that for a long time now. You remember, it’s the…” 8.Your friends don’t want to hang out anymore because all you talk about is gear 9.It concerns you and ruins your practice session that your frets aren’t properly dressed 10.All the boutique builders are on your speed dial, including the spot where 911 was programmed in 11.You can hear the difference in cable directionality but can’t remember to take out the trash 12.You install mirrors in your practice room so you can ogle your ten-top 13.All of your saved websites are forums and music stores…and you check them hourly 14.You need to rent a storage facility to stash the gear that’s out of rotation at the moment 15.You have the latest issue of Premier Guitar in your bathroom instead of Playboy If any of these statements ring true, you are probably a gear addict. Now, I’m not saying that’s a bad thing at all…quite the contrary. It’s healthy to enjoy yourself and discuss your passion on forums and get excited about the myriad of new and used guitars, amps and pedals out there. Gear is something that binds us together and it’s the reason I’m writing this right now. However, consider when you got your first guitar and the rush of excitement that overcame you just thinking of the possibilities. If you can muster up some of that awe of that first guitar and amp, you can also enjoy what you have and really make the most of it. Think about the hundreds of hours you spent with just that one instrument and all of the great things that came along with that dedication. It’s a wonderful thing. So make sure you enjoy what you have…and if you don’t I’ll probably take it off your hands!
  11. very cool. and VERY SPARKLEY!!!! me likey sparkles....
  12. small tube amp recommendations. 1) Fender Deluxe Reverb 65 Reissue- excellent amp and unbeatable for the price. not as big as a Twin but still plenty loud enough for most rooms. 2) Dr. Z Maz Junior 18-watt combo (available with or without reverb) a great boutique amp at a reasonable price. 3) Mack Heatseeker 18 watt mini stack (also available as a combo) tried one recently and was very impressed. everything from clean tones to face-melting shred. very reasonable for the quality of amp.
  13. sounds like fun. hope it all works out for you. yesterday i picked up this little baby... Historic R4 Black Beauty Custom with Bigsby. private sale. excellent condition with all certs, case, candy etc. and a great price too.
  14. this thread is not half as much fun as it could have been....
  15. try sleeping with your hands over the covers.
  16. actually several very valid reasons for changing tuners. 1) Some of the earlier Historic Reissues did not have the "vintage correct" style of tuners on them. For instance the reissued Black Beauties R4 & R7 came with gold Grovers. But if you check, you will find that the original 1950s guitars came with the standard Kluson tulip-style tuners. Gibson didn't start using the Grovers until late 1958. So if that vintage look is important to you, then you would want to get some Kluson tuners. 2) Some of the plastic tuner tips (Kluson style) get brittle with age, exposure to sun, hot lights etc and can crack, break, shrink etc. And so you often see folks replace them with Grovers (on standards or Customs) or Gotohs (on juniors or specials) or others which are all metal. but if you're happy with the stock stuff and its working for you...don't fix it.
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