#1
Hello, first of all, I would like to explain my situation then I ask, for US players, their opinion:

I live in Brazil. If you're willing to buy a Gibson Lp here, you would pay the equivalent of 8,000 bucks (a new one) or almost 4,000 for a used Studio.

I can't afford any trip to the US to search and test a guitar myself. What I can do is: buy from the internet, ship to a friend and then he comes to Brazil and brings it to me.

I'm looking for a thick humbucker sounding and good looking guitar, like LP, SG or Mockingbird.

I know it isn't a good business to buy a new Gibson these days. So I need a used one. I'm looking for a SG: thick sound, relatively cheap and easy to find.

Where is the most reliable place to look for?

http://used.guitarcenter.com/usedGear/index.cfm

http://www.vintageguitars.net/

http://www.ebay.com/

I think a SG Standard from the 80's would fit well. Not much expensive w/ good quality.
I have JCM800 and play classic rock/metal.

The instruments found at GC's used shop are usually in shape (as said)? Are neck condition/wood/hardware specifications reliable?

Is there another source of good used guitars where I can buy from w/o looking myself?

As I said, I have no condition to test them myself. That's the only way.

Thanks in advance.
#2
as long as you have someone to pick up the guitar i'd go with somewhere like Guitar Center as they inspect guitars that are used so the chances of getting a total crap guitar are far less. make sure you check with airlines to see which ones will allow a guitar as a carry on.
#3
Too bad the shipping cost is so high. (It would cost about $500 to send one guitar from Canada to Brazil!!!) It's really risky to buy a guitar without feeling it. I have a cheap SG clone that I bought because I like the feel, but my kids don't like it at all. ("the neck is too thick", "the frets are too small", whine, whine) I think you should consider getting several really cheap guitars. One of them could be perfect. Playing more than one guitar makes you more versatile.
#4
Quote by RebuildIt
Too bad the shipping cost is so high. (It would cost about $500 to send one guitar from Canada to Brazil!!!) It's really risky to buy a guitar without feeling it. I have a cheap SG clone that I bought because I like the feel, but my kids don't like it at all. ("the neck is too thick", "the frets are too small", whine, whine) I think you should consider getting several really cheap guitars. One of them could be perfect. Playing more than one guitar makes you more versatile.


Someone brought my JCM800 for $150 plus weight cost. The guitar can be transported freely, since it's used and I friend will bring it to me.
#5
Guitar Center, Sam Ash, and Musicians Friend all carry used stock. I have also heard very good things about CowTown Guitars in Vegas and they will also ship to where ever your friend is.
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