#1
Hi, I want to buy a left-handed Ibanez SR-300 online, but I can find none in Canadian websites. The reason why I'm looking through Canadian sites is because of all the custom and shipping fees.

But as I've said, there is no lefty basses in any Canadian sites. So that got me thinking.

Since the reason I am looking online is because the retail price of a lefty SR-300 is much more expensive than a righty one, What if I buy a righty and modify it?

So what I am asking you is which of these following options is financially the best.

1. Just buy a lefty SR-300 offline and pay the retail price.

2. But the cheaper righty one, and just change the nut and other necessary parts.

3. Somehow buy a Canadian online music store, and buy my SR-300 from there?

Which of those options would you recommend the most?

P.S. I've already played bass for 8months, using the rental system. So it's going to be quite hard for me to play a righty one with the strings backwards.

Thanks.
#2
Quote by kine234
The reason why I'm looking through Canadian sites is because of all the custom and shipping fees.

I think Canadian sites include that in the price anyway.
#3
Quote by pwrmax
I think Canadian sites include that in the price anyway.

It shouldn't include customs charges. Its not crossing any borders.
#4
Converting a righty to a lefty is awful! I know from experience. The balance is all off, the string tension is all off, nothing will seem to work out exactly how you plan it with all your modifications. Best get a lefty, bite the bullet and pay retail. you'll be happier in the long run, trust me!
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#5
Quote by daltonklok
It shouldn't include customs charges. Its not crossing any borders.

Unless the gear is built in Canada, it will. The charges are just hidden.
#6
Quote by daltonklok
It shouldn't include customs charges. Its not crossing any borders.

I meant ordering from the U.S. site.
#7
Quote by kine234
I meant ordering from the U.S. site.

Strat from Musician's Friend, 1200 USD
Strat from Long and McQuade, 1425 CAN

1200 + exchange + 4% duty + %5 GST = roughly the same as L&M


You still pay duties when buying from a Canadian site, you just don't know it.