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Hey I'm new here and I'm almost 100% sure the JS1200 will be my next guitar. After my birthday in november I'm going to go to a store near me that has tons of Ibanez and order the JS1200. My first question is: how much does it cost roughly in Canadian dollars? My budget will be around $1800 tops so I want to make sure that is enough.

Second, does the first string break easily on it with the 9 guage? My friend has the JEM and his E string breaks at least once a week. .009 is like freaking pubic hair. :p

thanks in advance, mike.
 

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Hey how'z it going.

I have also ordered a JS1200CA and got it for 1700$CDN (+ taxes). If you want it in November, make sure you order it right away since the wait time is ridiculous with Ibanez. I've ordered mine in early June and 3 1/2 months later still no axe! I have been told it's in back order status so it can take from 4 to 8 months.. :evil: So yeah it sucks..

As for the .009 string, this is what I use exclusively on my RG and rarely brake it.. and I practice at least 2 hours per night and yes I do lots of bends and use the trem like crazy too. So something must be wrong with the way your friend's guitar has been setup.

Btw: Forget about ordering the JS from the US.. you'll pay the friggin' duties on top of it so it'll come down being waaaay more expensive.

So where from Ontario are u?
 

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Burlington, about a 30 minute drive south from Toronto.

and thanks for the scoop. The place I go to said it'd be anywhere from 2 weeks to 3 months so hopefully I can get it sooner. My friend ordered a JEM, paid a down payment and got it in 2 weeks.
 

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i bought a jem7vwh from rich rather than wait a ridiculously long time for canadian delivery.

including purchase price, taxes, duty, etc. it worked out to be pretty much the same expense to buy from rich. and that includes rich's set-up, too.
 

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I'm sure Rich is a very reputable luthier and a cool guy to boot.. but I know how to do the math and never came close to what I'm going to pay.. Ok, let's say I leave a good margin for Rich's setup but still we're talking about a good $300 over.. Don't forget the money conversion + 21% (duties, PST, GST) and then shipping costs.. unless there's something I don't understand.

Rich if you're positive you can come close to what I'm paying (2 grand CDN total) then I'd cancel my order right away and give you a call.. I need the JS BADLY with your setup :cool:
 

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21% is on the declared value. be creative.

just did some quick math*:

buying from rich, you'd be looking at about $2100CAN including 21% on full value. long & mcquade quote $2041CAN including 15% taxes.

not much difference in price, and you'd save on waiting time and get the nice set-up. and, of course, you could save big money by being creative with your declared value. everybody does it, but it's a calculated risk.

*math has never been my strong point...
 

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damo7v said:
i bought a jem7vwh from rich rather than wait a ridiculously long time for canadian delivery.

including purchase price, taxes, duty, etc. it worked out to be pretty much the same expense to buy from rich. and that includes rich's set-up, too.
He sure knows how to set a guitar too.
I was VERY happy with my PWH that I bought off Rich. He set it up mint. ;)
 

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I'm sure there's no doubt about Rich's perfect setup and thanks for shedding some light on the declared value. As you can see, I don't order much from outside the country so I didn't know about the tricky parts :wink: I'm sending e-mails back and forth with Rich as I write this :cool:

Cheers!
 

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Is there anything wrong with the setup not from Rich? I mean, people who make a guitar valued over $2000+ probably know what they're doing.

buying from rich, you'd be looking at about $2100CAN including 21% on full value. long & mcquade quote $2041CAN including 15% taxes.
damn that's much more than I expected. I guessed that ordering from a local place by me, it would cost around $1800 total.
 

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MikeohollicA said:
Is there anything wrong with the setup not from Rich? I mean, people who make a guitar valued over $2000+ probably know what they're doing.
If you buy a guitar with a factory Ibanez setup, it will need some setup work ... either from your dealer (if you have a good one), by yourself, or by some luthier you pay. That's normal -- manufacturers don't take the time to do really good setups. But what Rich does is a lot more than a normal dealer setup (adjusting the truss rod and action and sending it out the door). Rich is doing all of the detail work and adjustments that get the base guitar to the point that a "normal setup" done by most players will make it play great instead of just good. There aren't many luthiers that will grind nuts, shim necks, do a fret level, etc. as part of a new guitar setup. A minor upcharge for that kind of service is a deal, especially since your guitar will be handled by somebody who actually cares about the instrument, instead of some wharehouse that handles it like any other package.
 
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