Stockists of Gibson or Epi T-Birds?

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Stockists of Gibson or Epi T-Birds?

Post by FingeredbyEntwistle » 09 May 2018, 12:14

G'day folks.

Can anyone enlighten me to who stocks either Gibson or Epi T-Birds here in Australia? Initially I wanted to find a store in Brisbane to go have a test drive, my internet search showing that both are mythical beasts here. Am I restricted to online shops in Aus or purely importers from other countries?

Why are they so difficult to find? Even Epiphone lists its dealers over here (2 of them) with one up in Brisbane that closed its doors a while ago & the other in Melbourne which does not sell Epiphones any more

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Post by Aussie Mark » 09 May 2018, 14:10

Why pay expensive local prices, when there is so much choice nearby ....

https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_odkw=% ... sacat=4713


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Post by BazzBass » 09 May 2018, 14:19

by the time an Oz retailer takes their cut, Gibsons become awefully over-priced, even by Gibson's standards :)
It's kinda like buy a Gibson or two MIA Fenders.
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Re: Stockists of Gibson or Epi T-Birds?

Post by veebass » 09 May 2018, 16:35

In answer to the original question. I don't think you can get them here at present.

My understanding is that the importer is cactus. Nothing has come in for some time AFAIK.

I recently imported a brand new Epi Vintage Pro TBird from Japan

viewtopic.php?f=4&t=23826

I also have a Gibson TBird and a couple of Grecos. The Epi is excellent.

You may need to watch the CITES rules about Rosewood if you intend to import a Gibson TBird, or maybe even a Greco. The Epi's fretboard is supposedly not Rosewood BTW, although there is conflicting advice online.

Just checked- I can't see any new Epi Vintage Pros on eBay in Japan at present- they sell pretty quick. I bought mine from Japan because the big online sellers in the US wouldn't ship here because we technically still have an importer. What a joke.
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Post by RedVee » 09 May 2018, 16:58

agree with the above posts.

It is either buy used, or import one yourself ATM.
Good advice by VeeBass re rosewood.
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Re: Stockists of Gibson or Epi T-Birds?

Post by kat888 » 09 May 2018, 19:52

Gallns in Melbourne may have a Gibson Bird still unsold. There are a few Birds coming and going on Gumtree if you keep an eye out.

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Post by kat888 » 09 May 2018, 20:09

This has been on Reverb for a while --

https://reverb.com/item/10954383-greco- ... ge-low-end
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Post by veebass » 09 May 2018, 21:09

kat888 wrote:
09 May 2018, 19:52

Prepare to be assimilated...
LOL
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Re: Stockists of Gibson or Epi T-Birds?

Post by FingeredbyEntwistle » 17 May 2018, 10:44

Thanks for the responses. So the rest of the world has better access to Gibson/Epiphones just as they do with better internet connections/speed. Thank god we have kangaroos!

Don't they make the Epiphones in South-East Asia? I'd assume that would keep import costs down but to be fair, that sounds too easy.

I've decided I want an Epi classic pro IV so thankfully the rosewood issue won't be a problem.

I've also decided to wait until August & buy one in Europe when I'm over there. Problem solved.

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Re: Stockists of Gibson or Epi T-Birds?

Post by MrMow » 26 May 2018, 15:17

Be careful with gallins stuff, such a shonky bunch of dudes. I’ve seen some of their stock kick around all the Allan’s stores, end up in gallins, get bought then 6 months later there it is on the shelf again, twisted necks, dodgy pickups, bridge posts pulled out..

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