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Is this Telecaster Real?

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by Nafees, Jun 19, 2017.

  1. Nafees

    Nafees Tele-Meister

    May 23, 2011
    Hey I came across a supposedly American Telecaster for a price too good to be true but from the looks of it to me at least its not legitimate. Just was looking for a second pair of eyes to confirm that it is in fact fake (or to hopefully show me why I'm wrong).




    I looked mostly at the head stock and Googled for a Telecaster with a similar decal. But none of them had a font similar to that with quotes around it.

  2. callasabra

    callasabra Tele-Afflicted

    Apr 11, 2016
    The color looks off to me, the neck plate is blank. I think fender neck plates say fender. The headstock looks completely wrong in shape. The color of the back of the neck looks orange but that be some photo trickery. The font on the headstock looks suspect too, but again it could be just a blurry photo.
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  3. Nafees

    Nafees Tele-Meister

    May 23, 2011
    Yeah I noticed the neck plate too. Thanks for confirming.

  4. TimothyC

    TimothyC Tele-Afflicted

    May 12, 2016
    No walnut plug around truss rod, spacing at 12th fret is off.

  5. 4 Cat Slim

    4 Cat Slim Friend of Leo's

    Oct 17, 2012
    Nelson City TX
    The font (or typeface) reading "TELECASTER" looks like a copy decal I've seen for sale on the 'net,
    so I suspect it might not be genuine. That's all I noticed, right offhand.
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  6. 8barlouie

    8barlouie Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

    May 9, 2015
    Seekonk, MA
    Don't worry, your instincts were right. All the above.
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  7. Asmith

    Asmith Friend of Leo's Ad Free Member

    Nov 27, 2014
    Morley, England
    Just by the headstock, wonky string trees, not walnut plug and dodgy decal (misplaced and incorrect font/blurred). Fake, thread closed! :D

  8. bchaffin72

    bchaffin72 Friend of Leo's

    Aug 14, 2004
    Stratford, Ontario
    I got nothing to add, but I'll gladly second what everyone else has noticed. Fake.

  9. ebb soul

    ebb soul Poster Extraordinaire

    Jun 7, 2016
    Smyrna georgia
    It is in fact real.
    It is also fake.
    It's..a real, fake.

  10. Crobbins

    Crobbins Tele-Afflicted Ad Free Member

    Jul 10, 2014
    Meiners Oaks CA.
    It's a real fake.

  11. xafinity

    xafinity Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

    Dec 24, 2015
    my Mom's basement
    Lead us to the miscreant, he must pay

  12. kafka

    kafka Tele-Holic

    Oct 18, 2013
    It's a real Telecaster. It's a fake Fender.
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  13. rhcole

    rhcole TDPRI Member

    May 12, 2017
    Petaluma, CA
    Just wondering if this is a guitar you can touch or only through online?
    Used guitars now require the skills of Sherlock Holmes to evaluate.

  14. Radspin

    Radspin Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

    Mar 7, 2008
    Long Island, NY

  15. Achysklic

    Achysklic Tele-Holic

    Feb 7, 2013
    No string ferrules, it a Asian knockoff
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  16. Randypttt

    Randypttt Tele-Afflicted

    Feb 8, 2010
    Elyria Oh
    Is the spacing on the switch plate odd or is it just the angle?
    The knobs look bunched together.

    Even so that headstock is one for the books imo

  17. backporchmusic

    backporchmusic Friend of Leo's

    Nov 28, 2006

  18. mckeeiain

    mckeeiain Tele-Meister

    Nov 25, 2011
    Moncton NB
    Agree, without going past the first picture the colour jumped out as wrong (by no means am I an authority on this)

  19. LKB3rd

    LKB3rd Friend of Leo's

    Jan 10, 2013
    That's an air Telecaster for sure. Not real.
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  20. musicalmartin

    musicalmartin Poster Extraordinaire

    Aug 8, 2007
    Norfolk UK
    Its got a two piece neck ie separate fingerboard which makes the headstock deeper set than a real Fender .its a Chinese knock off and worth just about SX money maybe less.

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