Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Sydney Australia
Re: J-Custom Dealers in Australia?
$2655.69 plus say $400AUD to ship = $3055.69 - add import duty and GST (payable on retail price + shipping and insurance = 15%) +$458.35 = $3514, and you can probably chuck in another $100 or so for unforseen things like quarantine inspection fees (yep, no joke) and you are now at about $3620, which is about what you'd land it in your hand at, no warranty and possibly no recourse if damaged in transit - you have to decide whether the risk is worth what you potentially save.
I have seen two friends import guitars recently, and both arrived damaged - albeit totally and invisibly repairable (in both cases it was the pickup selector switch which had been pushed into the guitar - in one case, a Dan Armstrong Plexi reissue the resultant shrapnel from the switch caused a few nasty scratches in the plexiglass, the other, a Guild Jazz box was un-marked), I have brought in five or so solid body guitars without a single issue. The best things to go for are in fact things like J-Customs, PRS's and sort of boutique stuff that gets a pretty big mark up here due to low volume sales, so, it's up to you to decide whether the risks justify the means.
By the way, there is no import duty or GST on items under $1000AUD (inc shipping) - some dealers/sellers will artificially mark the instrument as having cost sub $1k - BUT, if it arrives in a million pieces, guess what you are insured for?