This is my new Ibanez Gio RG170DX electric guitar, I found it on eBay more than six months ago and since then I was engaged in the process of buying and shipping it to Jordan.
Bringing this guitar to my hands was a tough challenge. Believe me there were times where I was sure I’ll fail to get it as am sure I do have it now. This was because the buying transaction didn’t go smoothly at all! The seller didn’t accept credit cards or bank/cash transfers as a method of payment so my only way as an international buyer to pay him was to send him a check by mail, and I wish I never did …
I waited for months but the check didn’t arrive at its destination. Only 5 months later I decided to give up and cancel the check for good. During the subsequent month I was heavily researching payment methods and cash transfer services and trying to convince the seller to accept other forms of payment, but he didn’t. He said he could only accept PayPal or cashier checks. PayPal is not available in Jordan and I didn’t want to give the postal service another try, so there I began to see the end of the eBay transaction.
Later on I decided to order the guitar from a web site store, and ship it through Aramex. On eBay, the guitar was listed for $335 including shipping fees. Through Aramex, however, it would have cost me $570 which is like +70%.
More or less I was determined to get it, and I would have proceeded through Aramex paying all those extra bucks if not for the miraculous return of my friend JoooJ (Jubrail) from the US :D
JoooJ is one of my best friends, we were at school together, but he left in the 8th grade (6 years ago) to the US.
Since then I’ve had little contact with him and I never thought he would come back, but actually he did, and guess what …
He had a PayPal account :D
JoooJ let me make the payment using his account, and I paid him in cash. He saved me a lot of trouble. JoooJ if you’re reading this Thanks a million man!
The guitar arrived today! I got a call in the morning from the shipping company telling me that a package in my name has arrived and is ready for pickup. I went as lightening and brought it!
I can’t describe how I felt to hold it for the first time! I spent the whole day playing!
Maybe you’re wondering why I put so much effort into buying this guitar while I simply could have bought it from Freddy or any local store. The answer is: This guitar is a top of the notch and is not available locally. The price that I got this guitar for is very low compared to its brand, quality and performance. That’s why I was willing to buy it even with $570! Now that I got it with $335 I feel I made the best deal of my life :)
The guitar feels and sounds amazing! Gio RG170DX (Link
) is a super-Stratocaster style electric guitar, 24 frets, HSH pickups, shark tooth inlays, bass wood body, maple neck, whammy bar, chrome hardware and most proudly marked “Ibanez”.
My amplifier is a Roland 2 Watt MicroCube (Link
), and is also an amazing deal (sorry but I bought the last one from Freddy :P). It has many built it effects: Chorus, Flanger, Phaser, Tremelo, Delay, and Reverb. This amplifier can rock on batteries for 20 hours!! I got it for only 100 JDs! It's the best companion for my guitar :)
My lovely Ibanez is the instrument I just needed. My guitar-playing development slowed down a bit in the last months because I branched into playing metal and I was pushing my acoustic guitar too hard with the solos :P. I think I’ll be doing much better with my electric guitar! :)