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I preordered an LNG Jan 19th. After a few months of waiting, i called Rich. He explained the backup at the ports, etc. He stated, about a month ago, that it very well could be next year before we get our hands on them at the end buyers level. Well, my local shop i ordered thru called me today to say they have been released to HUSA and I may have mine by next week! I hope the rest of you got the same call, but I had to post this, just to keep the hope alive for those who haven't gotten the call yet. Thanks to Rich for providing the info on the backup, when no oe else had a clue! Thankfully, the next year prediction didn't come true, but, i guess I shouldn't get too excited until it's in my hands. Good luck- Ryan
 

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That would have been in jest.

The container that just came in is the February container that was held up in customs for the last 3 weeks. Lots of boxes with customs stickers on them they were pulling back off the boxes.
 

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This slacker just had 42 guitars dumped on him, most of them sold. But the slacker also made a major score last night so he celebrated instead of worked ;)
 

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It's not guitar related, other categories I collect and deal in. But I stole a great one for dirt, public auction, sitting right there for the world to see for 2 weeks, and nobody was awake. I emailed my dealer last night after to rub it in a little, and he had seen it, but, didn't see it was signed [on the front] and didn't see it had an incredibly rare carved and sculpted border [serious buyers, do not shop on their phones!!]. He had the bid program up but was chasing a pair on another platform when this went over the block. I could hear him getting more and more depressed LOL He was fine today because he knew he was never going to get it, he'd have just cost me more. Of course he wants it for Baltimore and already has a buyer for it, now at 10 times what he thought it was worth. Let's just say it'll pay off the car ;)
 

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It's not guitar related, other categories I collect and deal in. But I stole a great one for dirt, public auction, sitting right there for the world to see for 2 weeks, and nobody was awake. I emailed my dealer last night after to rub it in a little, and he had seen it, but, didn't see it was signed [on the front] and didn't see it had an incredibly rare carved and sculpted border [serious buyers, do not shop on their phones!!]. He had the bid program up but was chasing a pair on another platform when this went over the block. I could hear him getting more and more depressed LOL He was fine today because he knew he was never going to get it, he'd have just cost me more. Of course he wants it for Baltimore and already has a buyer for it, now at 10 times what he thought it was worth. Let's just say it'll pay off the car ;)
Art or duck decoys. Those are my guesses. :wink2:
 

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Did the signed on the front give it away? ;)

Art related, Japanese pottery, it's gone for Baltimore now but I've definitely made several scores in canvas. Picked this one out of my local offline honey hole. It's sitting at Godels in NYC. Not that I managed it right, I could have walked out with 35 the day I took it, but the greed of that 65 guarantee on consignment just lures you in. It's been there 5 years now. I should have taken the 35 and run! Realistically I could get 20ish if I sent it downtown to Sotheby's, which I'll probably have to do.

$176 ;)

 

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New BFP Jem on its way from Sweetwater, should be a happy man come Thursday.
Depending on how particular you are make sure to inspect it well. I had to go thru 3 to get one acceptable with what are extremely minor flaws for a BFP [few scratches on the fretboard], but even it needs the nut ground, they've been getting taller and taller, no shims of course. The other 2 were, I'll just say not even close.

BTW they ditched the really crappy Premium Sig cases and everything is in the soft case now.

And, we came to the mutual agreement I'm going to suspend handling the new generation RG's. I had several sold, I just won't restock. It's not that there aren't some good guitars, Some of them are very nice, seriously, there are just too many different combinations of things that have to convene on the same guitar for me to buy it. Because even if you get the necks from the 1 guy that is really qualified to do fairly rounded ends on stainless without chewing out a couple mm of wenge [cleaning up the ends on a Gen1 and poor ends on stainless is hours of different and you can't clean up the gouging], but you have to get that neck on a body that doesn't have a poorly aligned pocket [the majority actually have good alignment, but that's 51%, I did a test and sanding these half burl thick neck pockets straight is twice the time, that burl is so much harder than the basswood. Then it has to have at least a pleasing bookmatched top, and, while some are bookmatched and beautiful! some are bookmatched and pretty lame [and in between]. most of them aren't, bookmatched. There are alot that are bookmatched but they glued the matched side to the body, giving,,, a cover match? Some of which are still really nice!, but alot get pretty far off. Then you have "are those the same piece of wood?"tops. I told them to search RG1070 on ebay and look at all the different "tops" and I'd be on the phone to Indo. Now I'm not sure bookmatch is in the spec, but because there are many that actually are match, I just assume that is the goal. If it's the goal they're failing, if it's supposed to be random they're doing a great job. But,,,, From a tech standpoint, fixing issues just takes too much longer *because* of the specs. I'm have within 2 jobs learned to absolutely hate stainless, and it's not wear on tools, it's the wear on my body, fingers, shoulders, thumbtips, they will eat your thumbtips as much sanding you have to progress thru. Oddly, alot of the RG6/7's are decent-ish. I'll revisit down the road and check the progress.
 

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Hey Rich, off topic but is there any MIJ stuff debuting at summer NAMM this year? Not asking you to name names just a yes or no....
 

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Did the signed on the front give it away? ;)

Art related, Japanese pottery, it's gone for Baltimore now but I've definitely made several scores in canvas. Picked this one out of my local offline honey hole. It's sitting at Godels in NYC. Not that I managed it right, I could have walked out with 35 the day I took it, but the greed of that 65 guarantee on consignment just lures you in. It's been there 5 years now. I should have taken the 35 and run! Realistically I could get 20ish if I sent it downtown to Sotheby's, which I'll probably have to do.

$176 ;)

No, it was your description of the frame. It has been an interesting day for art discoveries. I think one could make strong argument why art education is important:
Lost Jackson Pollock painting found in a garage could be worth $15 million - CNN.com
You did well though! :wink2:
 

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Good read! That's best case scenario. The owner will actually get the dough, he'll be old aging in a little better accommodations now ;)

There is no end to what is out there to be found, the only question is, who's going to find it! If you own it, hope you're the one that finds out what you have before you give it away. If you're job is picking, you hope nobody knows, but you. But thankfully most of the big finds are when auctioneers get a chance to evaluate your possessions. Too many get stolen when they get picked blind, and the picker makes the score. That's why I only buy from public auction or from dealers. Dealers that don't know how much it's worth! But the owner has already lost the piece so it's fair game to me. Or of course, ebay! I do have a moral code to picking, and there should be. ;)
 
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