Oh yeah, if you want to get a brand new R6 for around $5500 or so, speak to woman at Scarlett Music in Footscray. She can get Gibsons straight from the official Melbourne Gibson importer and might even be able to let you choose from their stock of R6's at the warehouse. I inquired a few weeks ago (before I found the QLD one) and the importer currently has a number of R6's in stock.
I bought the guitar from Musical Shack in QLD, off their website.
They had my Goldtop listed in their bargain bin for AU$3960, plus $26 delivery by TNT. Apparently it was in their store for a year and no-one wanted it because of the P-90's so they decided to massively discount it
Strangely enough they've got ANOTHER one listed now, at AU$6599!!!
The guy from Ace Guitar parts is great, I bought my TV Yellow LP Doublecut from him when he was North Coast Guitars. I plan on getting my Montreux stuff from him (probably p-90 covers and Switchtip at this point, I'm quite happy with the original pickguard)
Have you had any guitars set up by 'Real Guitars' in Glen Iris? I'm taking my R6 there to get set up on the weekend and apparently they do an awesome job.
I live in Melbourne also and have been shopping around for a Goldtop 56 RI,reissues are very expensive here compared to the U.S.($3000 approx U.S)
I've been scoping one or two out at Gallins but haven't talked price as yet,would you tell me confidentially just between you and i how much you paid? and did you bargain them down: ie what was the price they were offering?I'm looking to buy one very soon.
Also i have ordered Montreaux parts from ACE Guitar Parts see link
He is in Geelong i think, i have ordered twice and got very quick delivery within a 2 to 3 days via overnight satchel.I have both Montreaux and Vintage clone on my Gibson sunburst Les Paul but think the vintage clone parts are a better colour(more yellowish than brown)The new Montreaux parts are better,the aged ones are browner!