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  1. I've bought a few things in that sort of auction and that sounds about right if memory serves. I almost hate myself for saying it, but I guess it's reasonable if people are willing to pay it. It isn't like anything went unsold!
  2. I think they got their pricing structure from Ticketmaster...
  3. Awesome. Exactly the kind of info I was after!
  4. It takes all kinds, for sure... for instance, you'd have to literally nail me to my seat to get me to hold still through a whole football game (whether American or that other style where they don't use their hands...), but obviously I'm outnumbered there! The sights I really like to see are more along the line of wilderness and natural beauty, but I do go for the occasional historical highlight. I also have favorite restaurants scattered around the country. As far as the guitar shops go, It's really less about actually hunting for any kind of a deal than it is about seeing the odd cool thing that I've never seen before.
  5. No worries... I'm bound to wind up in Dallas sooner or later.
  6. Yes, but there are other things to see anywhere... I travel quite a bit and this is one of the things I like to check out in different cities. I can get pretty reliable results with Google for "Things to see in Austin", but it takes a little more digging to avoid wasting time going to guitar shops loaded with the complete new Fender line-up. That looks like it's about ten minutes from Dallas, not Austin. Looks cool, but that's a bit of a drive.
  7. I'm going to be in Austin for a few days. I don't think I'll have a ton of time available, but I like to hit guitar shops in different cities when I can. Any high points in Austin? Pretty much just interested in used and vintage... Guitar Center is the same everywhere.
  8. I know what you mean. I'm holding off on bidding until auction day. If ebay has taught me one thing, it's that if you give people time to think about it, they'll often talk themselves into spending more money. I've got my eye on a handful of oddball things. Maybe they'll fly under the radar. As for the price markup for genuine rock-star sweat... as the tear jerking commercials would say: "Less than the price of a cup of coffee." Just throwing it out there: it might be worth some communication here if any of us win. Shipping costs are a bit rougher than they used to be. It might be cost effective to just do a road trip if a few people share fuel costs!
  9. Ha... I've got one of these! https://www.julienslive.com/m/lot-details/index/catalog/312/lot/121502?url=%2Fm%2Fsearch%3Fpage%3D3%26key%3D%26cat%3D3887%26view%3Dgrid
  10. Oh yeah, Rod the Backdoor guy... He's a real giver... Really ready to give it that last inch to make a deal... Satisfaction guaranteed... Really willing to get behind his product... I'm pretty sure I could go on endlessly with these, but no one is getting bent over like the fool who gives $4500 for this guitar!
  11. I would if it was a bit closer. Seattle is close enough that I keep my eye on Craigslist, but I REALLY have to want something to make the trip.
  12. https://seattle.craigslist.org/est/msg/d/woodinville-vintage-hamer-guitar-hard/6907182279.html
  13. Another technique that I've heard mentioned is to use a thin coat of black paint and then to fill with contrasting grain filler. A little more pronounced...
  14. If you look on Collings' site, they mention black stain and white grain filler... I imagine it'll work well on anything with large pores... it looks different on ash, but I kinda like it better than the mahogany myself... My buddy absolutely loathes the "faded" Gibsons... I always tell him that he's being way too critical: half the prep work is done, they just need light sanding and a finish.
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