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  1. On 5/19/2020 at 9:18 AM, Camstone said:

    If any of you boyz are thinking of jumping on this one, please buy mine for $275.00 less.



    I'm probably going to buy a Superpro sooner or later... do you have a for-sale thread?

    I probably shouldn't buy a guitar right now, but I do have some other things that could stand to go away. After all, if we let logic stand in the way of poor financial decisions then the coronavirus wins... 

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  2. 15 hours ago, RobB said:

    The red transparent is the better deal. I'd offer $1k and see if they bite. The amber one seems to have nicer woods, but then you'd have the expense of a new bridge (a MannMade would be perfect).

    All three Mirage IIs I've owned have been great guitars, real sleepers and a good, budget choice as PRS alternative. I just prefer Fender-types for 25.5" scales these days.

    Love the 25.5 scale when combined with Maple/Mahogany/Humbuckers. That's what sold me my Maple Mirage. 

    4 hours ago, Travis said:

    Yeah, they’d need to come down to at least $1k on the Amber one to account for the bridge condition. I’ve been toying with the idea of putting a Mann bridge on my other Mirages, just haven’t gotten around to it yet. They both sound so good with Josh’s pickups in them I hadn’t taken the next step...

    The one shortcoming of these guitars is the bridge. It's just a bad choice for this guitar in my opinion. I put a Bladerunner on mine... really happy with it. 

  3. 3 hours ago, donner said:

    Thanks, Crunchee!

    It's a family member, now. My 1st transatlantic purchase, again, after CITES 's finally given up.

    Hopefully, the Super should arrive hre around the  1st week of January. Happy New Year – to you, too 😉


    In case you were one of the other 6 bidders: I'll not get it as dirt cheap as it looks.

    Ebay Global shipment, paypal xchange rates and, finally, import tax/fees add up to a good  2/3 upon the buying price...


    Yep... I was high bidder for, oh... about 30 seconds! Ha!

    No hard feelings at all, I'm glad to see it go to someone here! Congratulations! I'm sure it's a winner. 

  4. On 10/31/2019 at 8:40 AM, BadgerDave said:

    I have no actual facts to base this on, but it's possible that the Auction company and the Becker estate agreed to shift all fees from the seller to the buyer.  

    My wife does auctions of manufacturing tools and in that industry a 10% buyers premium and 10% seller's premium is common. 

    I've bought a few things in that sort of auction and that sounds about right if memory serves.

    On 10/31/2019 at 9:23 AM, tbonesullivan said:

    Christie's and Sotheby's also have a buyers premium of 25% for the lowest price bracket. Usually they are on a sliding scale, so the percentage goes down as the price goes up over 400k.

    So, no this wasn't someone from the Becker estate deciding anything, it's the standard operating procedure of the top tier collector's auction houses at the present time.

    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! 

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  5. 1 hour ago, RobB said:

    OK, gotcha. When I travel, the last thing on my mind is going guitar hunting. That's just me. I guess I shouldn't project that onto others.

    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.

  6. 36 minutes ago, RobB said:

    Why? You can look at overpriced guitars anywhere. Austin’s the the state capitol. Lotsa history to be had there. 

    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.

    13 minutes ago, gtrdaddy said:

    Check out The Guitar Sanctuary in McKinney. About ten minutes from Austin, one of the Most elaborate, and coolest guitar shops in the country!


    That looks like it's about ten minutes from Dallas, not Austin. Looks cool, but that's a bit of a drive.

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  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.

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