Quick update!! Just want to say thanks to all the guys who pointed me in the right direction!! I took the leap and bought a Mid 80s (can’t exact date it yet as haven’t found the serial number yet ) Burny RLC60 that I purchased through Zenmarket. Just took delivery of it today and it was packed to survive armageddon!!! Managed to purchase it, pay zenmarket fees, shipping and import taxes for pretty much bang on £800 GBP.
Highly recommend zenmarket as their fees are super cheap and their communication was spot on! Cheers guys!!
Also, the guitar itself is an absolute dream!!! Build quality, hardware, playability is all utterly superb! I think there’s a reason these old MIJ guitars have such a cult following!!
Wasn’t too bad mate. The cost of the guitar was £495 roughly, shipping was £170 and customs/duties/taxes totalled £120.Glad to hear it! What were the customs fees like once it landed over here?
If you're web savvy, you can do some detective work with Google and/or learn how to navigate the Japanese selling sites in order to find the original listings and see if you can work out international shipping with a proxy buyer (private individual or proxy buyer service who ships worldwide) or something to that extent. It would end up being much, much cheaper.
Thanks for the input here, fplks.
I came across a guitar I’ve been looking for via an automated eBay search, but it was listed by a reseller. I came across the actual seller (Ishibashi) with a bit of research.
In your experience, will Ishibashi negotiate a better price than listed on their own website?
I'm a little suspicious that it went down that way - not doubting your story but maybe how it transpired behind the scenes. Have any links?I’ve bought two Ibanez J. Custom’s from eBay resellers. The 1st time was 2 years ago and cost $50 more than where he got it from. The 2nd and most recent time (3 months ago) was $200 less than buying from the store it came from. So… I would say to do your research as decent deals can be had from some of the resellers.