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I posted this over on TGP as well...so I apologize if you’ve already read it.

I’ll try to make a long story as sort as I can...this sounds fake, but it’s 100% true.

My gf’s father fell victim to one of those Indian call center scams - the one where they say someone has been using his identity to commit crimes, and he has to pay them to clear his name.

He’s pretty old, and kind of a hermit, so all the red flags didn’t register with him. Anyway, he came by the house on Saturday, and explained that he had overnighted cash to a FedEx location at a Walgreens in Washington DC the night before.

When he told us that it was for $15,000, my gf and I of course freaked out. I got all of the information, contacted FedEx, the Walgreens, and local and DC law enforcement. After a few hours on the phone, I was told that the package was still there.

So I jumped in the car with my “stepfather” and drove 5 hours to DC. Amazingly, we recovered the money, and if the person who it was shipped to ever tries to claim the package, let’s just say, they’ll have a really bad day.

Anyway, I had had my eye on a $600 white LP Studio Deluxe on CL for the last few weeks. I had told my stepfather about it during the course of our 10 hour round-trip, and I showed him the listing while we were gassing up at one point.

The next day, my stepfather shows up at my house with the freaking guitar. Needless to say, I was shocked, but he insisted that it was the least he could do.

The guitar has a lot of wear, a broken 3-way, and was absolutely filthy. I spent Sunday cleaning it for 3 hours, then took it to my local guitar guy for fret work, a toggle switch, a few top hats, set-up, etc. today.

Here’s a pic - I only snapped one shot of it before I took it to the shop (I have all the parts not shown). I’ll update when I get the guitar back:

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Excellent outcome to what could have been a tragic story. Really glad your gf's dad got his money back.

Please post this beauty when it's all done, and congratulations on being a good man, and getting a just reward for it.
 

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Love guitars with great stories about them. Very nice of you to help out your gal's dad. These scams seem so obvious to most of us, but me must not forget that our elderly do not have that "bs filter" when it comes to cyber scams. My Aunt and step mother both were victimized.
 

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The only way this story could get better would be with an epilogue with the scammer getting bagged, sent to prison and receiving a back door package delivery. Nice guitar and story.
 

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It's always good when you do something to help the family. It certainly paid dividends for you, and for your "step dad". The money he spent on your LP amounted to about 4% of what you saved him. Like the giutar, especially with coil taps. Do post an update, when she's ready to rock.
 

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I posted this over on TGP as well...so I apologize if you’ve already read it.

I’ll try to make a long story as sort as I can...this sounds fake, but it’s 100% true.

My gf’s father fell victim to one of those Indian call center scams - the one where they say someone has been using his identity to commit crimes, and he has to pay them to clear his name.

He’s pretty old, and kind of a hermit, so all the red flags didn’t register with him. Anyway, he came by the house on Saturday, and explained that he had overnighted cash to a FedEx location at a Walgreens in Washington DC the night before.

When he told us that it was for $15,000, my gf and I of course freaked out. I got all of the information, contacted FedEx, the Walgreens, and local and DC law enforcement. After a few hours on the phone, I was told that the package was still there.

So I jumped in the car with my “stepfather” and drove 5 hours to DC. Amazingly, we recovered the money, and if the person who it was shipped to ever tries to claim the package, let’s just say, they’ll have a really bad day.

Anyway, I had had my eye on a $600 white LP Studio Deluxe on CL for the last few weeks. I had told my stepfather about it during the course of our 10 hour round-trip, and I showed him the listing while we were gassing up at one point.

The next day, my stepfather shows up at my house with the freaking guitar. Needless to say, I was shocked, but he insisted that it was the least he could do.

The guitar has a lot of wear, a broken 3-way, and was absolutely filthy. I spent Sunday cleaning it for 3 hours, then took it to my local guitar guy for fret work, a toggle switch, a few top hats, set-up, etc. today.

Here’s a pic - I only snapped one shot of it before I took it to the shop (I have all the parts not shown). I’ll update when I get the guitar back:

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By all means, do give us pics when you get it back! That was very kind of your girlfriend's dad to do that...and very fortunate for all parties the outcome was favorable...y'all dodged a bullet!
 

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I got the guitar back today after some fret work and a replaced 3 way. It’s playing and sounding better than I expected.

This is my fist experience with the 496R/500T combo. I like them quite a bit, even split (although there is a large volume drop). Lots of bite on the 500 with gain.

The volume and tone controls are also more versatile than I expected. I don’t think I’m going to change anything in this one (at least not yet).

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