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I noticed in my local guitar shop this week that Fender have had dropped their Australian prices for some electric guitars quite dramatically - probably with US$ now worth about AU94c helping.

 

Anyway, an MIM Fender now costs around AUD$300 cheaper than an Epi LP or Dot with Squiers nearly $600 cheaper.

 

I hope the Aussie importers and Gibson/Epiphone can similarly drop the prices real soon.

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G'day Dalron,

 

There is so much reasonable product coming out of Asia nowadays that Gibson/Epi need to watch their market as prices are currently so much higher here than the States that even with shipping it's still much cheaper to import than buying here. I have 3 Epiphones and they are good guitars but by importing I can get two of another brand for the price of one Epi. I would prefer to buy Epiphone but the local prices are squeezing me out and there is a lot of other product available of at least equal quality. How important is the name if you get a good guitar?

 

I think our Australian distributor is getting too greedy, and the quality of stock I saw recently wasn't all that flash either.

 

We are a relatively small market to Gibson I suppose and perhaps they are not concerned about losing market share here

but some of us haven't got the income to keep paying top prices, or looking at it the other way perhaps we would buy more Epiphone guitars if they were cheaper?

 

Have a good'n

 

Dig

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G'day Dalron' date='

 

... I think our Australian distributor is getting too greedy, and the quality of stock I saw recently wasn't all that flash either ... but some of us haven't got the income to keep paying top prices, or looking at it the other way perhaps we would buy more Epiphone guitars if they were cheaper?

 

Have a good'n

 

Dig[/quote']

 

Hi Dig,

 

I am not too happy that the Aussie distributor also owns retail guitar shops (Gallins) in each state which may limit dealer discounting. As for the stock, my local guitar shop had an Ltd Ed Dot which they were told was a new model. I checked its serial against Guitardater and discovered it was manufactured in early '06. It's no longer listed on any website, Epiphone's or any dealer's. In whose warehouse has it been sitting for so long? It's price was AUD$849 (RRP $1099). Right next to it were MIM Fender Teles and Strats for $699 and an Epi LP for $899. (I bet US forum members are shaking their heads at those prices when compared to those on Musiciansfriend etc. And the darn things are made closer to Australia than the USofA.)

 

I want to buy Epiphones: I have at least another four models to add to the ones I already own but unless the prices drop to reasonable, fair and competitive levels (there are now LOTS of competitors in the Epi range which are much cheaper), those purchases won't be made.

 

With the Australian dollar almost equal to the US dollar, the prices shouldn't be that much more than the US (I don't buy the smaller population = higher prices line. It costs probably less to send a container to Australia than it does to the US). Oh, and I notice Epis sold in the US have a sticker which says checked in the USA by such and such. I would almost guarantee the Epis sold in Australia have not been out of the boxes since leaving Asia.

 

I love Epis, I want all my guitars to be Epis but Gibson has to do the right thing by loyal customers and new customers in Australia.

 

Cheers,

Ron

 

/end rant

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price was AUD$849 (RRP $1099). Right next to it were MIM Fender Teles and Strats for $699 and an Epi LP for $899. (I bet US forum members are shaking their heads at those prices when compared to those on Musiciansfriend etc.

 

Tell me' date=' at these Australian stores... do they have little pots of Vaseline strategically placed all over with an extra large one by the cash register to help ease the pain of the [i']reaming[/i] you are getting on those Epi prices???

 

FYI a Dot is $469 Canadian; LP Standard Plus is $499, G-400s are $329 these days. Canadian dollar is at about $0.98 US this week. Time to move 'up over', mate.

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not only the guitar price, price for amp also so expensive.

I can't get EVJ in my country (Indonesia), and so my father (he's sailor that traveling around the world) bought an EVJ when he visit Sydney around a week ago.

In online music store (musicanfriends, zzsounds, music123, guitarcenter, etc), EVJ price would be 129.99 US$ for the head, but in Australia EVJ price is ALMOST TWICE as online store's price.

Same with the combo version, the price ALMOST TWICE as online store's price.

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It's about time the prices of guitars started coming down over here! With any luck if Fender have started then Gibson/Epi will follow.

 

The Australian distributor for Gibson and Epi products is pretty slow too - I've ordered a couple of items over the last year or so - am currently into week 3 waiting for an Epi Valve Junior to make it to the west coast...

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Pots of Vaseline eh Spud, that's what Lerxst said to me too.....ouch!

 

The problem is that outside of the States Gibson have an extra link in the distribution chain and that is the local importer/distributor and that must create a whole new profit impost on us here in Oz.

 

The worst thing is that Australian prices went UP this year despite our dollar being close to parity over a long period.

We are getting screwed, no doubt about it!

 

I bought a casino earlier this month from Gallins in Melbourne, it cost me $980 ($600 in the States) and believe me I have no regrets about the guitar I bought but I'm still paying off the credit card and will be for another month and that aint good on a pension, I can't do that again. As it happens my casino is a Korean mid '06 model which I am glad about as it was all the much vaunted "EE" stock that was crook.

 

The worst thing I found with Gallins was that I went in there looking for a Dot and two I looked at had loose output sockets and when I turned to look at casinos, one of the three on display had a loose socket, another had a kink in the neck and that left the one I bought. I told the sales attendant and he didn't seem to give a stuff. This is bad for us Aussies and it's really bad for Epiphone.

 

The internet has made this a global market for purchasers and the fact that we don't pay import duty on a guitar for less than $1000 means that you almost have to look elsewhere.

 

There are a couple more guitars I would like but sadly I don't think I can afford Epiphone any more.

 

Dig

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Pots of Vaseline eh Spud' date=' that's what Lerxst said to me too.....ouch!

 

I bought a casino earlier this month from Gallins in Melbourne... As it happens my casino is a Korean mid '06 model ...

 

Dig[/quote']

 

The 'new' Super Dot at my local store was an '06 build too although I did get an Ultra last year that was only a couple of months old. Perhaps the Australian distributor has a huge warehoused inventory they have to move (more than one dealer haas told me that sales of Epis haven't been good over the last few years due to the poor factory quality control although my Korean-built Ultra is a work of art).

 

By the way, for Aussies interested in the Ultra II, I have been told it will be here in August or September. I hate to think what price tag they will whack on that!

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The problem is that outside of the States Gibson have an extra link in the distribution chain and that is the local importer/distributor and that must create a whole new profit impost on us here in Oz.

 

Same story in Canada, friend. Everything goes through a distributor in Toronto who also handles all warranty/repair issues... and we only get a 1-year warranty.

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On a more positive note, here's the Super Dot mentioned above which I couldn't resist buying (I didn't try very hard =P~ ): I haven't been able to bring myself to take the plastic off the p/guard yet.

 

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The flame finish which doesn't show up too well above is just so beautiful:

 

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And while I'm here, this is the Ultra I got in October last year:

 

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(I didn't realise guitar photography was so hard: that's a Saturday morning I'll never get back ;-) )

 

 

 

 

 

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I would be interested if anyone else from outside the US has experienced a rise in Epiphone prices like we have in Australia?? This year's price list has seen many models increased in RRP by $50 to $100....anyone else?

 

"Move up over"? No thanks Spud too bloody cold where you are and Australia will do me as a place to live thanks and anyway you wouldn't want a silly old fart like me cluttering up your country!

 

What's the betting that this thread disappears on Monday??

 

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I would be interested if anyone else from outside the US has experienced a rise in Epiphone prices like we have in Australia?? This year's price list has seen many models increased in RRP by $50 to $100....anyone else?

 

 

I check the prices of German shops on a regular base, and all the "good deals" and "specials" I saw running rampant a couple of months ago, seem to have dissappeared. Not sure what is going on there.

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It's not Epi's business line' date=' but you wouldn't believe the markup on didgeridoos stateside. ](*,) [/quote']

 

Now would these be the genuine Aussie LP style didgerdoos?...or the cheap asian knockoffs?

 

"Tie me kangaroo down, sport. tie me kangaroo down"

...

play me didgerdoo.....(forget the lyrics)...

Tan me hide when I'm dead Fred,

Tan me hide when I'm dead,

So we tanned his hide when he died Clyde

..and there it is..hanging on the shed.

 

"you call that an Epiphone (knife)...now this is a EPIPHONE! ...Crockadile Dundee learning to play guitar after

a few Fosters...

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G'day Carverman,

 

Don't worry about not remembering the words to "tie me kangaroo down sport". I'm an Aussie and I don't even remember them!

 

One thing you'd have to say about buying a didgeredoo is that there are "no strings attached"

 

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Same down this way. It would save some angst if they didn't include the 'Lifetime Warranty' information in the box.

 

What?? I've not needed to use the warranty, but certainly wasn't made aware that the "limited lifetime warranty" (as you say, in the box) wasn't applicable!

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Just for my input, id like to say that i do think its a bit of greed on behalf of the stores.

They obviously know that the problems and extended time caused by overseas shipping means they can up their prices because its still that much easier for the customer to buy it then and there.

 

Ive got first hand experience. I walked into (the afore mentioned) Gallins Guitars in Melbourne and saw potentially the only Left Handed SG Standard i had found in Australia, after EXTENSIVE research. I had looked into a few from the US and abroad but the lower prices from 2nd hand sellers meant that id still cop sjipping fees + customs + duty + quarantine, so it really wasnt worth going 2nd hand for the price.

Anyway...i walked into Gallins and saw this SG Lefty for $3000AUD. Being 17 and on a bidged of $1500, i was screwed major!

BUT, thankfully my dad (the king of bargaining...available for hire if anyone likes this story lol) was with me. And before i could finish checking out the guitar and playing a few noted through the stored 'Orange' amp, my dad had worked the guy down to $2150 + leather strap + gibson vintage strings+ circuit breaker cable + chromatic tuner + hard case + 2yrs store warranty + a free setup withing 12 months...not a bad effort in my opinion.

But the point of the story is that if within 5mins my dad could get that out of a store like Gallin's it just goes to show that there is a massive markup. Obviously more than $1000 on this particular guitar because they didnt fret (pardon the pun) in dropping the price $850 and adding a whole lot of expensive extras.

 

Just my 2 cents.

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Same down this way. It would save some angst if they didn't include the 'Lifetime Warranty' information in the box.

 

What?? I've not needed to use the warranty' date=' but certainly wasn't made aware that the "limited lifetime warranty" (as you say, in the box) wasn't applicable!

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Yep, US only.

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But the point of the story is that if within 5mins my dad could get that out of a store like Gallin's...

 

Matt, I'm going to grab your dad next time I've got GAS (and money too). :-)

 

PS the price you paid for your Gibson makes Epis even that much more overpriced in Oz.

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G'day Carverman' date='

 

Don't worry about not remembering the words to "tie me kangaroo down sport". I'm an Aussie and I don't even remember them!

 

One thing you'd have to say about buying a didgeredoo is that there are "no strings attached"

Dig[/quote']

 

G'Day Digger,

I do enjoy your "down under" sense of humour. Some of the Epi forum frequentors

are just to serious and ready to do verbal fisticuffs if challenged, but you mates are

definitely the laid back sort.

 

I believe it was Rolf Harris that sang it (many years ago) and he/they actually had

a didgeredoo played on it . I heard it in Canada and thought it was a pretty comical song to be on the radio..similar to the "Don't Worry, Be Happy" song.

 

Now about those didgeredoos..do the aborigines still make them and is there a

life time warranty ( from cracks and neck snappage) on them? :)

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Matt' date=' I'm going to grab your dad next time I've got GAS (and money too). :-)

 

PS the price you paid for your Gibson makes Epis even that much more overpriced in Oz.[/quote']

 

lol...yeh ive heard that before.

A mates dad (who i must say is the best unknown guitarist i have ever heard...no lie) bought himself an Epi LP Standard just before i got my SG...and he paid just over a grand for it...he told me the same thing.

Also...one of the guys in this mates-dads band bought a SG Standard (right handed) from the same store 2 weeks after me and paid $3000.

Just shows that it cant hurt to bargain.

 

When bargaining:

If you dont get the price you think u can get (assuming thats its not an unreasonable one) be prepaired to walk out of the store.

If you do that one of 2 things will happen, they will let you go and you can look elsewhere untill you gt the cheapest possible price you can...

OR

They will call you back, wanting to make a sale, and settle with you.

I reccomend everyone give it a go...with anything, not just guitars.

If you just buy things at their marked price, no matter what it is, your undoubtedly getting ripped off.

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G'Day Digger' date='

I do enjoy your "down under" sense of humour. Some of the Epi forum frequentors

are just to serious and ready to do verbal fisticuffs if challenged, but you mates are

definitely the laid back sort.

 

I believe it was Rolf Harris that sang it (many years ago) and he/they actually had

a didgeredoo played on it . I heard it in Canada and thought it was a pretty comical song to be on the radio..similar to the "Don't Worry, Be Happy" song.

 

Now about those didgeredoos..do the aborigines still make them and is there a

life time warranty ( from cracks and neck snappage) on them? =D> [/quote']

 

G'day Again Carverman,

 

Mate when you've got to pay these prices for guitars, you have to find something to laugh about or you'd cry! (only kidding). We have our share of people that take themselves a bit too seriously too but mostly things are pretty "laidback" in this country and we are very lucky to live where we do.

 

It was Rolf on "Tie Me Kangaroo Down" and it is not uncommon in Australian music to have a didge playing away in the background....I quite like it. If you think that song was a bit strange you should hear "My Boomerang Wont Come Back" which was also popular back in the 60's. I'll mail it to you if you send me your e-mail by P.M.

 

Didgeredoos are extremely popular with tourists and are, I would imagine being made in bigger numbers that ever. Hopefully they are not made in Asia and I'm certain that most are made by real aboriginals and there is certainly a surge in both popularity and price of aboriginal artworks these days. "Cracks and neck" snappage? The cracks are in the ground (drought) and neck snappage only happens when they fall out of the bloody tree. "Lifetime Warranty" I think is more like "Concrete Warranty" and then there are the termites!! Have a good'n Dig

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