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Old 2004-06-09, 21:09
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OMG, maybe theres a bomb in your guitar. Or MAYBE there are terrorists hiding in the hardshell case trying to sneek into the US.


If Bin Laden is hiding in my guitar case then I want the reward for him.

Really, I bet they think I'm having a assult rifle sent to me. Ever seen those movies where the mobster pulls a tommy gun from the guitar case? I'm sure this has happened before and they just want to make sure, because nice rifles come in hard shell cases just like guitars. I wish they would just scan the thing with an X ray machine and sent it on it's way. It just a damn guitar and no reason to freak out like they are.
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Old 2004-06-11, 17:51
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It's been 2 days and nothing new. I have to wait until next week before I get an up date. Customs still has it on hold for exsamination (spelling? ). They are not telling the shipping company how long it will take or any real date for release. I'm as pissed off as a goth in a Easter Sunday dress.
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Old 2004-06-11, 22:21
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Monday. If Customs doesn't give some news, then they will wish they had because the shipping company and I both will be call them over and over until they can't stand it.

I'm going to the Customs web site to find out how to bug them even more. I will get this guitar, by next week or it well only get even worse for them It doesn't take 2 fuckin weeks to inspect a little guitar.
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Old 2004-06-14, 17:16
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Nothing I'm hoping that today I get a real date for when Customs will inspect it. Right now it is just sitting and waiting in a holding warehouse. Once inspected it will be released to the shipping Company that same day and they said they would send it over night delivery to me.
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Now thier gonna charge you for "rent" cause they held your guitar for ya. SO nice of them.


They had better not even think about trying that shit or else they will get a law suit I have already payed them the ransom, so it's their fault for not getting the guitar to the shipping company faster.

It may be this week, but I have thought that before, so take your bets.
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Old 2004-06-23, 17:49
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3 days I hope. I got word that Customs has started inspecting and clearing shit today, so it can't be much longer
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Old 2004-06-25, 15:50
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Haha! I've been all up in Customs ass today. I got some shit rolling.

This morning a called the shipping company and had no update on my guitar, so I asked for all the info on my guitars shipping. Found out some specific details, like Customs has it on PPQ ( Plant Protection Quaratine )hold, a USDA run program, so I did some research, 6 hours worth of study on their rules and procedures, chain of operations, that kind of stuff. Next, I started to make some government calls to get some contacts; I'm so glad I work for the government and have secret secuity clearance, because it helped. My guitar is just sitting in a warehouse, talked to the warehouse staff and inspectors, because they are not sure what kind of woods it's made of. They believe that the mohogany is what caused the problem , because it could be Hondurian mohogany, and that they were not sure if any rose wood, especialy Bazilian, was in it. USDA has some worries about parasites being imported via rose wood and mohogany right now, so my guitar was all fucked up in the system and stuck. I talked with the actually botanist inspector dude that wanted to know the actual wood species the guitar was built of. This is were I was glad I kicked ass in biology back in the day and proud to tell this dude what wood my guitar was made of, and more importantly that the woods were not dangerious in the US. African Gaboon Ebony ( Diospyros mespiliformis ), African Mohogany ( Khaya Ivorensis ), and Rock Maple ( acer Saccharun ) He said it sound like one hell of a guitar and that he would aprove it's inspection for release today as soon as I had the shipping company fax their paper work to him. I called the shipping company so fast my finger nearly caught fire and told them to fax this dude ASAP. They couldn't believe I spent the day doing what I did, and drunk at the same time Yay for me I'm going to tell Dariusz to add extra info to the shipping list so that this never happens to anyone else.
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Old 2004-06-25, 16:36
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No it won't I just got off the phone with the shipping company and they are amazed. They can't believe I actualy talked with the inspector and got him to give me his name, fax # and clearance for this guitar. They faxed him and got comformation of the clearance, just like I said they would. The bad news is I have to still wait until Monday next week for the warehouse to open and hand it over to the shipping company. Then shortly after, yes very soon, I will have it. Then all of my neighbours will know the true power and darkness of the Soulinsane signature guitar, hahahaaa! Plus, I will have pics posted here too. I feel so fucking powerful right now
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Old 2004-06-28, 20:10
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soulinsane you are a fucking genious, i waish i had major bio skills and shit and government connections but yea i already have about 350 bucks for my new custom so once i order it ill talk to you if there are any problems. Still deciding on what damn woods i should use. Mahogony sounds sweet since its like endangered style full mahogony body and neck with ebony fretboard, 24 frets with a body cutaway at the 20th fret kinda like the alexi laiho esp, black body with black floyd rose, mmmmmmm sounds so damn goo di tell ya..... Ultimate destruction guitar!
also how did you deal with the american to euro currency conversion??


Thank you for the compliment. I used the company DFX currency exchargers to send the money to Ran because Ran didn't/couldn't take Paypal or credit card as of yet, only bank wire. That may have changed as of now that Poland is a member of the unified Europe. DFX converts the money and wires it to any overseas accounts you want, but their are a few steps in the process and it cost about $35/ transfer, nothing big. Ran guitars will give you their bank account # and swift code; everything you need as soon as you and Dariusz agree on the guitar and price.

Good choice if you get it an all mohogany body and neck guitar. EMG's seem to listen to mohogany wood better than other tone woods, imo. Plus, the ebony f-bourds are nice and will give you far less problems through Customs, those bastards really freak out about rose woods I don't believe that Ran uses any endangered species of mohogany, but I don't think any guitars are built of endandered woods now days anyway.

I was on the phone again today with that Customs inspector dude. He finally faxed the release to the shipping company at 4 PM, so now the shipping company only has to pick it up and send it on its way. I put the ball in their hands again, so they better not let me down and fuck around getting it here. The customs dude got an invoice in Polish from the shipping company?... That so fucked him up today I must have a talk with Dariusz about this because US Customs don't normally take paper work in polish, but since it was me they made an exception. I hope that all the hell I have been through clears the way for future Ran guitars coming to the US, because this shit is crazy. At least you guys here will benefit from me if shit happens to you. I now have many contacts in Customs... believe it or not... some of them are really cool folks.
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Old 2004-06-30, 09:12
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Dealing with Ran was easy. I had lots of queastions over a 3 months time and they were all answered with in a day or two. They will listen to any request you have and work with you to build your dream guitar. I got updates on my guitars progress, but because I asked for it. Dariusz helped me and I helped him ( mostly with the Kahler bridge instructions, head stock shape, and control config ). Dariusz gave me the tracking # for my guitar and how it was shipped. The only problem so far has been in Customs. I am going to inforrm Dariusz, once I get my guitar, that he needs to include the woods the guitar is made of in the invoice and include a copy invoice in english for next time he ships to the US. This should fix all of the Customs problems. As for Ran, comstomer service is A+.
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Old 2004-06-30, 15:09
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SWEET BABY JESUS! The Signature Soulinsane Ran Guifuckintar will be in my hands tomarrow morning I will finally be able to play,post pics and write a review of it. Now I just hope nothing happens to it before then, like a plane crash or a thief! If it gets stolen that sorry son of a bitch had better be ready, becouse I will find him and the guitar. I feel as if nothing can stop me from having this guitar as long as it's not destroyed. I'm obsessed and possessed with this guitar, after nearly having a nervious brake down the last month over it's shipment. Stay tuned folks.
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Old 2004-07-01, 12:15
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IT IS HERE!!!!!!! I have to go to work soon so I will post pics later today. I will say that the Sigature Soulinsane guitar plays as nice as it looks. Smooth action and the setup is so perfect. They did a super nice job with the Kahler bridge too; it couldn't be installed and setup any better. I will never buy a USA made guitar ever again, because made in Poland is where it is at for guitars! They really know how to build guitars at Ran. The fretbourd has the nicest Ebony wood I have even seen. The grain is as strait as a laser line, tight, and without any blimishes. I have never seen a better fretbourd in my life and the binding is perfect. The frets are polished to the point they look like stainless steel, level, and perfect too; no buzz anywhere. The guitar is lighter than I thought it would be and completely balanced, not top heavy at all like most V's. All the hardware is top quality. This guitar is worth far more than what I payed.

Now for some cons. The shark fin inlays are some kind of plastic, at least not MOP, but that is fine with me because I didn't mind if they were MOP or not. The inlays look great anyway, even if they are not MOP; it's a perfect inlay job. Also the neck is nice and thin, but gets a little thick toward the heel. I have no preblem using the upper frets but it might be a concern for some folk that like the whole neck thin.

And finally, the last story of my guitars adventures getting to me. DHL was suppose to deliver it to my front door by 10:30 AM. At 10:32 I checked the tracking # and it was posted delivered at 10:26 AM to the wrong front door address of a house right down the road from me and someone signed my name for it too. Now where I live, poeple will steal dirt from you if given the chance, so I acted fast and marched down to that house address. Well the poeple didn't have a clue what I was talking about... so they say! They looked shocked that I was asking about it, so I said it looks like I am going to have to call DHL to find out where the driver delivered it. I walked back to my house, called, talked to DHL, they said they were coming back, I looked out side and the guitar was by my front door. Now there is no way DHL did that in 15 seconds, because they came by 30 minutes later to check if I had got it from the wrong people yet, will I did, and it will be with me forever too. The End
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Old 2004-07-01, 19:06
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Pics are on the way folks, calm down. Give me a little time, I just got home and I'm going to have pics here very soon, if I can ever stop playing the guitar.

BLS, I have had a custom Jackson KV-1, USA made guitar before. It was a super great guitar, but this Ran guitar is completely unreal and cost much less. Even after all the problems I had, I will get another one. Next time will not be as crazy through Customs, because I know just what needs to be included for fast passage and Ran will know this by the end of today too. Hopefully this will help everyone else in the future that gets a Ran guitar too.

As for my getto neighbors, they wouldn't know how to play a guitar or even care. They would have just sold it for crack or something, so I'm glad I was fast to react before it was too late. I almost exspected something like this to happen after everything else going wrong, maybe I was cursed or something. One thing was for sure... one of my neighbors was going to get an total asskicking if the guitar didn't show up fast. I believe I must have looked crazy when I knocked on their door. Those bastards know I had caught them within 10 minutes.
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Old 2004-07-01, 20:31
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Damn! I can't post pics until tomarrow because the photo shop is closed and I can't get the film developed. Sorry, I know what it is like to wait, but tomarrow I promise there will be pics, K.
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Old 2004-07-01, 22:25
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I thought you know I had a Jackson custom once? Remember? The greatest mistake of my life was selling it to pay for collage... that hurt so much too Doesn't matter now though, because the Ran is great. Plus, for the price you will not kick yourself in the teeth later wondering why you payed so much like I did with Jackson. I will get another one of these guitars.

Hell, the Jackson I had was not very balanced, came to me all out of tune, and only in the hardshell case in a cardbourd box, but... it was nice once I tuned it. Ran was in perfect tune right out of the case... everything, including the case, covered in 400 layers of bubble wrap. It took 15 minutes to open it. Bubble wrap everywhere. I couldn't believe how much bubble wrap there was. The guitar could have fallen out of the jet and still been perfect there was so much bubble wrap. It looked like I got mailed a ball of bubbles
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Old 2004-07-02, 21:45
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PICS!

I payed 1050 Euro (<$1,200 USD) for the guitar, case, and shipping. $35 to convert and wire that money to Ran Guitars. $109 for the US Customs office ransom, I mean, duties and taxes. Total=$1,344 +/- USD, but that is not including the Kahler bridge.

I acually payed a bit more because I gave the Kahler bridge ($180 USD) to Ran for installation and cost $18 USD to mail it there. So my real total=$1,542 USD. Far better than what Jackson quoted my for the same guitar with the same specs; $4,000+ USD... Maybe when I'm a in a super rich metal band?... No, I am staying with Ran forever.

Owning my dream guitar... Priceless

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Old 2004-09-25, 00:05
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Yes, now I'm back

I would be proud to help anyone get one of these guitars. My custom Ran guitar is still blowing my mind and speakers; mostly because of the craftmanship, A+, for the price. Now there is some wait and headache from the Customs office, but Ran Guitars are sweet and worth the trouble.

I would say that Ran guitars are the best guitars coming out of Europe today. Just come by Norfolk, Va. and stop by my house and I will let you play my custom Ran and treat you to some beer too.
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FUNNY How you said that isnt it?? Didnt they drop the guitar off at your nieghbor's house?? Ill bet you that they know the power.... :P


What are you trying to say? Did you read the rest of the thread? Dumb DHL delivered it like 4 houses down from where I use to live, but thanks to online tracking, I know that and went down there to get it. My neighbors lied and said they didn't know what I was talking about, but someone had signed my name for the delivery just minutes before. I went back home to call DHL about this and the guitar showed up at my front door less than a minute later unopened. The neighbor had it 10 minutes tops after DHL fucked up, so I don't understand what you mean by, "I'll bet that they know the power.... :P". I have the guitar if that is what you wanted to know. My X-neighbors were about to feel THE POWER of my wraith if the guitar didn't show up when it did, though. They couldn't have known what it was either because it came delivered with about 500 layers of bubble wrap and tape around the hard-shell case. It took about 20 minutes just to open it myself.
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