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Author Topic: Washburn DC80 Charleston inlays made my guitar can not export from USA  (Read 1815 times)

Offline koikokoro

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I have bought Washburn DC80 Charleston acoustic from a guy in the USA. The guitar cannot export from the US because the officer said the inlays are made of mother of pearl. due to the Law of "US Fish & Wildlife". I check up a lot of information, no one said they are mother of pearl. Is there anyone have any information about this. Catalogue or anywhere just said "diamond inlay".

If they're mother of pearl, I have to pay for the fee of almost $200 to get the guitar export from USA.

Anyone has any idea? If you have document paper to show that might help, and would be great. THANK YOU.

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I would first contact Washburn customer service.  Then I would contact Jim Smith, a forum member.  Send him a Pm via the forum.  He is very knowledgeable re: all things washburn.  I would not bet my life on it, but I would wager a bit of money the inlays are not real Mother of Pearl, but perloid.  A'ka plastic.

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I have bought and shipped to and from the states many guitars with Mother of Pearl inlays... I've NEVER heard of this.

I'm pretty sure that there is an exclusion to these types of things when they are already part of a piece of Furniture/Art/etc (like Ivory Piano Keys etc)

I could be wrong or just been lucky......

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Re: Washburn DC80 Charleston inlays made my guitar can not export from USA
« Reply #3 on: August 29, 2018, 03:42:39 PM »
That's strange, never happened with me, look into this closely sometimes custom do this to get the goods.

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« Last Edit: August 30, 2018, 01:22:17 PM by xovolarjem »

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Re: Washburn DC80 Charleston inlays made my guitar can not export from USA
« Reply #4 on: September 04, 2018, 03:26:45 PM »
The inlays in the DC80 are going to be Mother of Pearl.  It continues to be difficult to navigate the letter of the law for Fish and Wildlife regs.

Ideally, do you know anyone in the states who is flying to your location?  I realize that there doesn't seem to be any absolutes in traveling overseas with your guitar.  If you could have someone bring it over on a flight, you will not have to file anything with FW if it declared as personal property.  I just flew American Airlines to the UK with a guitar with Pearl inlay and a rosewood board.  TSA was a breeze to get thru, and the American Airlines crew was very quick to accommodate by putting the guitar in the closet in 1st class.  No questions, issues, holdups or problems.  Hoping that might be an option.