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  1. currypowder

    CITES Information

    I did reach out to my contact at Fish & Wildlife and she confirmed that my permit and certificates have been drafted and forwarded to the supervisor for approval. I have no idea what that really means in terms of the timing, but it's good to know that it is (slowly) progressing.
  2. currypowder

    CITES Information

    Sure, but I don't have my certificates, yet. I expect them soon and will let you know when I hear anything.
  3. Not necessarily. They may have it on hold for you. If you've expressed a serious interest and they've given you a firm price, they could be waiting for a response. That time difference really slows down negotiations. Culturally, I've heard that stores in Japan don't negotiate price, that it's considered disrespectful. I don't know if that's true, just something I've heard.
  4. The actual store (not the eBay sellers) has it marked on hold. In my experience, that probably means the store is just waiting for the payment. If it's a US buyer, that can take a day or two with the time difference.
  5. That seller is one of many Japanese sellers that do not own the gear they list. Expect to see other listings of the same guitar at various prices.
  6. Since that guitar has an ebony board, CITES doesn't come into play. There are CITES exceptions for personal items being carried, but I'm not exactly sure how that works.
  7. In my normal perusal of listings in Japan, I ran across this: http://gold-star-guitar.com/project/hamer-jeff-watson-limited/ I don't know enough about the model to determine if it's priced right (a little over $3K) or if that weird bridge and nut are original. In any event, it's more than I'd like to spend to bring a guitar here from Japan. But it could be done.
  8. currypowder

    Choked a little on my Reverb Fees.

    I've been unloading quite a bit lately. Reverb has definitely been the catalyst for most of my sales. I've also sold a few on TGP and, rarely, on craigslist. For whatever reason, what I'm selling doesn't seem to be generating much interest here, but of course that ebbs and flows. That's probably in reverse order of what I'd prefer, but you gotta use what works. @stonge, I've had the same experience with reverb bumps. Hamers and MIJ guitars tend to be searched for and somewhat unique, everyone else couldn't give two sh!ts.
  9. currypowder

    Choked a little on my Reverb Fees.

    What transfer fee are you talking about? Their payment processing fee? That's less than Paypal (I pay 2.5%). And their 3.5% selling fee is way less than the 10% ebay used to charge and matched on guitars. That's 6% total, a fee that I find totally reasonable given the exposure. Their selling fees haven't changed a bit since I started with them 5 years ago, and I'm paying a little less for processing fees than I would with paypal. Are they charging you something to transfer $ to your bank? I've certainly not been hit with that. I stopped using that bump feature, I just didn't see that it was making any difference, at least with what I was selling. The alternative is to sell it local or convince someone to pay you using Paypal F&F, something I would never do as a buyer EXCEPT FOR HERE. If that's what you want to do, have at it. But I've had nothing but good experiences with reverb.
  10. currypowder

    What Hamer is this?

    It's nice, that's what it is! It's a Studio model. Looks to be Aztec gold finish to me. Welcome
  11. Here's something you don't see every day. An Edwards red sparkle finished single-cut with some upgraded Dimarzio pickups. The model number is E-LP-108SD and from what I can tell was a limited run of sparkle guitars. The spec page is here: https://www.espguitars.co.jp/edwards/lp/E-LP-108SD.html The guitar was made in Japan and has traditional specs, mahogany body (1 piece) & neck and a maple cap. That's where tradition stops as the top is finished with an eye-popping red sparkle that, well, sparkles. The guitar originally came with a set of Duncans, but has been upgraded with a set of double black DiMarzios, a Super Distortion at the bridge and 36th Anniversary PAF at the neck to give it a more aggressive tone than the Duncans. Some of the hardware has been changed to matching black (strap buttons and switch tip). It plays nicely up and down the neck. I would describe its condition as very good. There are a few minor dings around the back edge and one small one at the top of the headstock. There's also a small finish crack near the nut (finish only). See the pictures. IMO, this is a great gigging guitar. Great single-cut tone that won't break the bank and a top that will be stunning under the lights. It will include the original ESP gig bag. $900 shipped and paypal'd. A couple pics below, more here: https://1drv.ms/a/s!AoLRRT1O_HxX0mZdbTG1aeM-Tqye
  12. Don't everyone rush to MF all at once. You might break the system.
  13. currypowder

    1000 people play, "Smells Like Teen Spirit."

    Yeah, that's it. 🙄