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    Re: Sandy heads to China


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    Re: Sandy heads to China

    I now think I want to throw up

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    Thanks for all the wishes from Les Paul forum friends.
    Tom is a good man and a professional Les Paul collector. Thanks Tom for his willingness for selling his love to me. I will take care of Sandy forever.

    Btw, I will take more photos of Sandy and share them here when I am back to Taiwan.

    Mason.
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    Re: Sandy heads to China

    Quote Originally Posted by Mason View Post
    Thanks for all the wishes from Les Paul forum friends.
    Tom is a good man and a professional Les Paul collector. Thanks Tom for his willingness for selling his love to me. I will take care of Sandy forever.

    Btw, I will take more photos of Sandy and share them here when I am back to Taiwan.

    Mason.

    Look forward to that Mason and congratulations on owning a great Les Paul.

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    Re: Sandy heads to China

    Congratulations and welcome to the forum

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    Any of us who own guitars are just caretakers for them until the time comes to pass them along to somebody else.
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    Re: Sandy heads to China

    Quote Originally Posted by Mason View Post
    Thanks for all the wishes from Les Paul forum friends.
    Tom is a good man and a professional Les Paul collector. Thanks Tom for his willingness for selling his love to me. I will take care of Sandy forever.

    Btw, I will take more photos of Sandy and share them here when I am back to Taiwan.

    Mason.
    Welcome, Mason! That's one helluva way to join the forum.....

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    Re: Sandy heads to China

    Quote Originally Posted by Mason View Post
    Thanks for all the wishes from Les Paul forum friends.
    Tom is a good man and a professional Les Paul collector. Thanks Tom for his willingness for selling his love to me. I will take care of Sandy forever.

    Btw, I will take more photos of Sandy and share them here when I am back to Taiwan.

    Mason.

    Hey Mason!!! Welcome to the jungle!!! I look forward to my next visit to Taiwan and meeting up with you and your new treasure!!!
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    Re: Sandy heads to China

    Quote Originally Posted by Mason View Post
    Thanks for all the wishes from Les Paul forum friends.
    Tom is a good man and a professional Les Paul collector. Thanks Tom for his willingness for selling his love to me. I will take care of Sandy forever.

    Btw, I will take more photos of Sandy and share them here when I am back to Taiwan.

    Mason.
    Hi Mason

    I am glad you started this Les Paul Forum account and I look forward to more photos and more Les Pauls from you.
    And I forgot to mention: You now have a "free pass" to see Joe Bonamassa!
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    Re: Sandy heads to China

    It was a good run. Let someone else carry the torch. Glad you're both happy.

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    Amazing guitar. Many congrats to the new owner

    Btw is Taiwan now officially China or a part of China?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Patek View Post
    Amazing guitar. Many congrats to the new owner

    Btw is Taiwan now officially China or a part of China?
    Taiwan is officially the "Republic of China", and not to be confused with the "People's Republic of China"... although reunification is probably only a matter of time as resistance is futile...
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    Re: Sandy heads to China

    Congratulations to both Tom and Mason!!
    What a beautiful guitar!!!

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    Re: Sandy heads to China

    I've been fortunate enough to have spent a some some quality time with that guitar and can report that not only is it incredible in-person, but it's also an amazing player. Easily in the top 10 bursts I've had the pleasure of playing in terms of being a spectacular playing and sounding musical instrument. That guitar has it all!

    I'm glad to hear both parties to the transaction are happy! Congrats to you both.
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    One of the best of all time!
    Climb down off the hilltop... Get back in the race.
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    Re: Sandy heads to China

    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Wittrock View Post
    Sandy and 9-1981 are the best tops I have ever had, and I was always motivated by flame.
    Congrats on the sale and glad Sandy has gone to a good home.
    Question: 9-1981 is my all time fav burst, does she sound and play as good as she looks?
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    Re: Sandy heads to China

    Amazing guitar. One of the best looking bursts for sure. Congrats to both of you.

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    Re: Sandy heads to China

    Tom, should you ever sell “G.I. Paul” I want a stab at it! Two of my close friends owned it before you and it might be like coming home for them...
    Thanks my friend! Amazingly generous of you to sell Sandy. I’m sure it wasn’t an easy decision to make!😳

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    Re: Sandy heads to China

    Quote Originally Posted by TM1 View Post
    Tom, should you ever sell “G.I. Paul” I want a stab at it! Two of my close friends owned it before you and it might be like coming home for them...
    Thanks my friend! Amazingly generous of you to sell Sandy. I’m sure it wasn’t an easy decision to make!😳
    Selling Sandy was a tough decision, but selling G.I.Paul would be even tougher. It has been my "player" since 1980, used on almost every gig. That's a connection hard to break.
    Still, I know where you're coming from.
    Who knows.
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    Re: Sandy heads to China

    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Wittrock View Post
    Selling Sandy was a tough decision, but selling G.I.Paul would be even tougher. It has been my "player" since 1980, used on almost every gig. That's a connection hard to break.
    Still, I know where you're coming from.
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    Re: Sandy heads to China

    Such a stunning, unique guitar.
    Mason must be a very happy man.
    Maybe he'll bring Sandy over to Hong Kong to visit.
    (I can always hope.....)

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    Re: Sandy heads to China

    I’m sure this has been asked before but what happened to the slug side bobbin on the bridge pup ? ..looks like it was drilled then filled w/wax ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by garywright View Post
    I’m sure this has been asked before but what happened to the slug side bobbin on the bridge pup ? ..looks like it was drilled then filled w/wax ?
    I'm not sure if those are the original pups for Sandy... thought I read they were replaced somewhere along the line...
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    Quote Originally Posted by garywright View Post
    I’m sure this has been asked before but what happened to the slug side bobbin on the bridge pup ? ..looks like it was drilled then filled w/wax ?
    Mere speculation:

    I have heard that when rewinding Fender bobbins the bobbin is held by a pin at that location.
    So … rewound bobbin that was made to fit the convenient winder?
    Old photos of Jeff show it with a double black in the bridge.
    Somewhere it changed before I got it.
    The double zebra look has been a cool thing for decades.



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    Thanks for that info Tom and you’re right, originally it had a double black bridge w/zebra neck ...Jeff had removed the covers after getting it from the original owner.

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    Fun fact about Sandy...(for me anyway). Believe it or not, that guitar was the reason I started playing Les Pauls. I saw Jeff (Facedancer) multiple times back in the day and I loved that guitar and his tone. Funny when I joined this forum this very guitar shows up...small world indeed.

    Congrats to buyer and seller. I remember years ago Tom had mentioned his burst collection could essentially be his 401K...thinking about jogging that retirement machine Tom?

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    Crazy top on that guitar, and the refinish work on the neck looks better in person than in the photos (can’t remember if it was an overspray or total refin).
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    Re: Sandy heads to China

    Quote Originally Posted by fretwire View Post

    Congrats to buyer and seller. I remember years ago Tom had mentioned his burst collection could essentially be his 401K...thinking about jogging that retirement machine Tom?
    Unfortunately, the taxes are far higher than a 401K. I just found out I will owe another 3.8% because I'm old! So, it's almost 40%!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Wittrock View Post
    Unfortunately, the taxes are far higher than a 401K. I just found out I will owe another 3.8% because I'm old! So, it's almost 40%!

    I thought collectibles were taxed at 25%.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sws1 View Post

    I thought collectibles were taxed at 25%.
    Federal Capital Gains taxes are 28%. My state adds 6% and Medicare adds 3.8%. So 37.8% total for me.
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    Why does Medicare get involved?!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cliff Gress View Post
    Why does Medicare get involved?!!!
    My guess is, it is because I am on Medicare.
    I'll know more next April.
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    Re: Sandy heads to China

    This thread needs some more pics. These all came from Guitar Shop Taiwan's web site. Many more there: https://www.guitarshoptaiwan.com/pag...IwYYYEiDEKI_V4














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    Is it on sale at this Taiwanese Guitar Store?

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    Quote Originally Posted by hoss View Post
    Is it on sale at this Taiwanese Guitar Store?
    Mason is the owner of the store. He indicated to me that he would not sell Sandy. I don't think that has changed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Wittrock View Post
    Federal Capital Gains taxes are 28%. My state adds 6% and Medicare adds 3.8%. So 37.8% total for me.

    Jeez Tom the authorities really slug you over there........luckily here we don't have any form of tax when selling our personal items......no capital gains tax as such.

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    Re: Sandy heads to China

    Quote Originally Posted by The Tube Doctor View Post
    Such a stunning, unique guitar.
    Mason must be a very happy man.
    Maybe he'll bring Sandy over to Hong Kong to visit.
    (I can always hope.....)

    can i come too? i loved hong kong

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    The Medicare thing blows me away. The piling on of layers of re-taxation without representation brought about one war, maybe it’s time for another.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wsaraceni View Post
    can i come too? i loved hong kong
    Tom, I believe that the additional tax of 3.8% pertains to the new federal "Medicare surcharge" tax enacted a few years ago on "net investment income."

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    Quote Originally Posted by 56Goldtop View Post
    Tom, I believe that the additional tax of 3.8% pertains to the new federal "Medicare surcharge" tax enacted a few years ago on "net investment income."
    It was a real surprise.
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