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    1956 X-375 in the UK... Hmmm

    I've been looking at this X-375 from the UK listed on Reverb. It looks quite tempting! I checked with the seller and its long scale (25-1/2"), which I prefer. Looking at the photos I don't see any obvious binding or other issues. He says the pickups and electronics are working OK.



    https://reverb.com/item/26699779-guild-x375-1956-blonde

    What should I be looking out for? This is your chance to talk me out of seriously considering this New York Guild archtop.
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    Quote Originally Posted by X-170AB View Post
    This is your chance to talk me out of seriously considering this New York Guild archtop.
    Yeah right, that's gonna happen here!

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    Quote Originally Posted by X-170AB View Post
    I've been looking at this X-375 from the UK listed on Reverb. It looks quite tempting! I checked with the seller and its long scale (25-1/2"), which I prefer. Looking at the photos I don't see any obvious binding or other issues. He says the pickups and electronics are working OK.



    https://reverb.com/item/26699779-guild-x375-1956-blonde

    What should I be looking out for? This is your chance to talk me out of seriously considering this New York Guild archtop.
    If there's any Brazilian Rosewood on it (like the bridge?) there's no way to legally ship it from UK to US, not even as a "buy-it-there-and-bring-it-back-personally" deal.
    Sure folks have done it but the instrument's at risk of seizure if a Customs Officer gets suspicious.
    All other rosewoods would qualify for a CITES cert for international sales/shipments these days, though.
    Did that help?
    Last edited by adorshki; 11-14-2019 at 07:45 PM.
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    It most likely has a Braz. RW bridge AND fingerboard, so, as Al said, no importy! Otherwise, the main thing to look out for is the binding, which, if its all good, its ahead of the game.
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    I'm not in the US (luckily)
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    Quote Originally Posted by X-170AB View Post
    I'm not in the US (luckily)
    Still, ya gotta be in the UK, shipment of Brazilian between CITES member countries is universally prohibited.
    Due to the wording "from the UK" in your original post I assumed you were here in the US..
    If you're in the UK, I can't in good conscience discourage your purchase.

    Quote Originally Posted by AcornHouse View Post
    It most likely has a Braz. RW bridge AND fingerboard, so, as Al said, no importy!
    Yeah fretboard looked kinda dark compared to bridge but couldn't blow it up to confirm it was rosewood too, and there is the possibility the bridge is a replacement, but looked for sure like rosewood.
    Last edited by adorshki; 11-14-2019 at 08:26 PM.
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    #2: '01 Westerly F65ce "Blondie"
    #3: '03 Corona D40e Richie Havens "Richie"
    All bought new!

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    On point, Chris, concerning checking the binding. Also, I'm not sure about the tailpiece. I owned one of these (1957), liked it a lot, and it had a harp tailpiece. IMO, the price is a little high, at least for the US market.
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    You do not need CITES documents to move objects within the EU, so if you're outside the UK you have until 31 Jan unless there's another extension

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    It looks like a nice one, but would be significantly overpriced for the American market. I can't say what premium you'd ordinarily expect to pay in the UK, so it may be a decent deal over there. Here, though, I'd expect more of a $2.7k-3.2k range for these in sort of decent original condition, like the one you're eyeing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by parker_knoll View Post
    You do not need CITES documents to move objects within the EU...
    That is not correct for Dalbergia nigra !!! "Trading (buying and selling, offering for sale, etc.) in specimens made of timber of the species Dalbergia nigra within the EU is only permitted if the seller holds an intra-EU trade certificate." See the European regulations here: http://www.bfn.de/fileadmin/MDB/docu...nigra-1_en.pdf

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