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posted Apr 23, 2014 11:18:23 by zoso666
Hi everyone,
I have searched on website and also googled re UK "seizures" on Chibsons and have found zilch?Cathy is "encouraging2 me to have black laquer over the "logo" on my pending es295 copy,whcih i am loathe to do to be honest!
There is eveindence of us customs sezing these guitars but why the sudden worry for the UK?
I am tempted to let the guitar come as is and just pay the normal customs charges orhas something drastically changed in the last week?I have seen nothing to suggest otherwise that it is buisness as normal for the UK?
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MichaelWamback said Apr 23, 2014 15:56:41
There were a few rumors floating around about confiscations in the UK and Germany, but they have been unconfirmed. I'm tending to believe that it was just rumors. I doubt you will have trouble if she ships the guitar as is.

There have been a few guitars that have made it safely through NY without being opened recently, so I suspect the seizure there was an isolated incident.

Chicago has a bit of a history of confiscations, so most sellers try and avoid shipping a guitar through there.

You may wish to explain to Cathy that the rumors appear to be just rumors, and people in the UK still are receiving their guitars with no problem. In the end, it's her decision though. She is the one that will be financially responsible for your guitar until it lands on your step - so if it did get confiscated, she is the one that will be out the $$$.
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ChibsonsandMore said Apr 23, 2014 16:26:10
Really depends on the deal you work out with the seller, Michael.

For instance, the one guitar I had confiscated (and the last "Gibson" branded guitar I've purchased) I had Cathy send it to me. She wanted to give me a refund and call off the deal, as Chicago was confiscating all guitars coming through. This was before they started finding ways to avoid Chicago.

Anyway, guitar was seized and I ate the cost fully knowing what would happen. She gave me a great deal on rebuilding the guitar though (actually thankful of that as the first one had a slightly wrong color tint to it, but I wouldn't have been that picky since it was a custom one off).

You'll see below the wrong guitar, also just remembered the wrong one had a rosewood fretboard. Then you'll see its sister, which is the right color and the "remake" of the first.

SteveTebble said Apr 23, 2014 18:28:55
I wish people would stop posting pics of blue LP's or I will start wanting one, and I thought I'd cured myself of that months ago!
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GsxJones said Apr 24, 2014 13:15:41
My guitar parcel was released from UK Customs to Parcel force earlier today! I dont know until it arrives as to whether I'll have to pay any charges or not? It will be nice if I dont,but not too much of a worry if I do. I just need to get my hands on the guitar! When Cathy sends the next one,hopefully in a few days time,Ive decided not to look at tracking and just sit back and wait. The custom's worrying has caused me a few more grey hairs. Ive already enough of those. God bless the chinese guitar maker's,and god bless HM Custom and excise. lol.
zoso666 said Apr 24, 2014 13:31:19
Hi mate i think Cathy is waiting for yours to go through before she releases mine!!!
As you live near me,what does she know you bye so i can quote the guitar is on it's way!?
GsxJones said Apr 24, 2014 13:38:17
Hi Rob,Funnily enough I was just about to mail Cathy to say the guitar has been released from custom's. Im waiting on her to post another LP my way,so maybe that will be despatched in the next few day's. Brett
zoso666 said Apr 24, 2014 13:44:54
Cheers Brett,i'll mention your name if that's ok so she can relax a bit!!!!
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GsxJones said Apr 24, 2014 14:54:02
Ive mailed Cathy to bring her upto date. So maybe your guitar will be posted soon?
zoso666 said Apr 24, 2014 17:12:28
She's not quite ready for posting,hardware being installed,i think she was "forcing my hand " to get the black laquer on the headstock over the Gibson but i'm standing my ground as no substantiated claims about guitars being impounded in the UK but i'm hedging my bets and want it fully badged as it were!
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