I'm thinking about ordereing an ES 339 from MF. They are one of the few shops that will ship this new Gibson to Canada. Either them or the eBay guys that are selling ES 339s. Good idea? Really dumb idea?
Well, daddyo, I may be in the minority, but I have never had any issues with MF. One cool thing for me is that I live 4 miles from the warehouse here in KC, and I can call the retail outlet, place an order, and 1/2 hour later park and pick it up. So, if there were a problem with an item, I'd know it before I left the warehouse. So for me, it's No Problemo!
I actually have a 20% off coupon that I received last month because I had ordered somthing that was backordered, then it shipped a few week's later. I think it was their way of "making up" with the customers that they had Pi**ed off during their warehouse move.
in either case, be very specific as to how you want it shipped...intl post can be dodgey, and dont forget, itll have to go thru customs, and if shipped by USPS, itll go to canada post...there have been more than a few vanishing guitar stories on this board in this situation...
I got my only mail order guitar from MF last Fall... a cheap B-stock Dot Studio. I'm surprised it came in one piece. Hope they pack the Gibsons better.
I've had great service from MF for years until the last year or so. The phone employee's aren't what they used to be. Make sure they read back all the info... especially quantity and price. It'll save you headaches.
I just did the same thing -- ordered an ES-339 from them a few weeks ago with my 20% off coupon. I ordered it on a Monday and had it by Thursday. The ES-339 is shipping essentially untouched from the Gibson factory just passing through the MF warehouse. It comes in a big cardboard Gibson box with the guitar inside the Gibson case, and that is bubble-wrapped. Mine came in perfect condition with an inspection checklist dated just a few weeks earlier. The finish is still off-gassing. Action was a little high but setup was generally pretty good. I like it (an I'm a strat guy). Just make sure you track the shipment and make sure someone is there to sign for it.
I bought one guitar from MF. It arrived with a broken truss rod and some finish flaws. I sent it back and asked for an exchange. They said they didn't have the same guitar in stock anymore and wouldn't provide the same model in a different color for the same price. Instead they wanted me to pay an up charge for the different color which was less appealing to me than the original color. Long story short, I got a refund instead and will never order another guitar from them again. Good luck with MF!