Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Sydney Australia
Re: RGT42DXFM vs RG3120
Simple as this assuming you are willing to take the risk - ask the seller to state the value of the guitar at something that will equate to a little under $1000 AUD including shipping and insurance - you will pay NO duty or GST, as $1000AUD is the cutoff threshold. The only downside is that if your guitar arrives in a million pieces, it will be insured for about $750!
If you are not willing to do this, then you can add (approximately):
$300USD Shipping (I've had quotes as high as $525USD!!!!)
15% duty and GST on the combined purchase price, shipping and insurance cost (it is actually a little more than this, but as a ballpark figure)
$100AUD fudge factor for customs inspections/holding etc
With reference to the first method, I have shipped two PRS guitars and a spankin' Gretsch 6121 Roundup into Australia - no damage, no duty!
..... of course I am waiting for my first disaster to occur .......