Well the day has arrived where my gear came from Japan. I paid for the single box repack for reasons that will be obvious in a moment. The box itself is sturdy and well taped, and nice enough to keep for shipping another guitar making the 1200Y repack fee well worth it.
Inside was the guitar, safely wrapped in über bubble wrap. Around it were strange packages of foam type stuff that moulds to whatever it gets pushed into making the guitar completely immobile in the box. It's also so good at absorbing impacts I punched one as hard as I can and couldn't feel the wooden floor underneath at all as it took it like a champ.
Then the guitar itself was wrapped in a layer of normal bubble wrap. THEY EVEN WRAPPED THE BUBBLE WRAP UNDER THE STRINGS TO PROTECT THE FRETS.
So I finally got them unpacked and was cheering. So if you guys buy from Jauce, always opt for the repack as it is such a huge piece of mind and they do it so damn well.
Here's the red meanie
The red is a little more blood red than super RFR but hell, I love it. The resoncast body is a little heavy but not in a bad way. Other than a faulty ground somewhere, it is in better condition than I had hoped. With the dead strings on, I tuned it up, locked the nut and threw down some shitty playing and a couple of mental dives and pulls on the bar. It was as stable as a granite table which was awesome.
So it's off to the workbench for some well needed mods and into my permanent collection.
The black RG550 however is a different story...
That is frickin outrageous. I think I'd possibly kill for that.