I've been trying for years to find a decent Selmer copy in America. There seems to be no shortage of good guitars being made in Europe within my budget. Unfortunately they are not sold in the U.S. Our only options here are either an Asian made guitar with all it's quality control issues and design flaws, or a luthier made guitar starting at three thousand dollars. In Europe however there seems to be dozens of models around the $2,000 range (new and used). Walnut necks, pliage, ebony, and french polish absolutely do not exist in this price range in America. (if I'm wrong please correct me)
So my question is: how difficult is it to order one of these guitars and have it shipped to America? I have nightmares of it being confiscated in customs. Has anyone tried it?
I have seen several offerings by JWC, J.B Castelluccia, and Geronimo Mateos for sale in Europe that I can afford. It's unbelievable what can be found on a european ebay site. Does anybody have suggestions? Experiences?