I've ben scoping out some of the better 12 stings on E-bay also. My big reservation about bidding on them is that it seems a lot like buying a pig in a poke. I am leery about dropping nearly a grand on something that I have not had the opportunity to actually play.
BTW, thanks for the heads-up on Fender acoustic products. If you have never met *anyone* whose Fender didn't eventually develop setup problems, that's saying a lot.