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Weirdest Fender I have ever seen..or is it?

Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by Strato50, Jun 12, 2018.

  1. Strato50

    Strato50 Tele-Holic

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    Found this at a local pawnshop...the decal looks legit....what the hell is it..I can get for 70 bucks...it actually played pretty good...body looks to be plywood...but that headstock...why would they fake or how did they get a made in Korea sticker...and a bound neck...was it a special model they made?...any info would be helpful on this.
     

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  2. beagle

    beagle Tele-Afflicted

    Jul 20, 2010
    Yorkshire
    It's not a Fender. Some kind of (old) copy with a fake decal. There were lots of necks like that in the late 70s.
     

  3. mimmo

    mimmo Friend of Leo's

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    IMO it is a fake. Never saw such a headstock, and the trussrod also is a red flag. But if it plays good maybe it is worth 70 bucks
     

  4. Strato50

    Strato50 Tele-Holic

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    A korean sticker?...where can you find those...and it was applied damn near perfect.
     

  5. beagle

    beagle Tele-Afflicted

    Jul 20, 2010
    Yorkshire

  6. Blrfl

    Blrfl Tele-Meister

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    The serial number would put it as a MIA 1977/1978 model or a MIJ 2005/2006 model. Korean-made instruments had CN or VN serial numbers.

    --Mark
     
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  7. Strato50

    Strato50 Tele-Holic

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    Yeah it's a faker...but kinda of cool..
     
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  8. nojazzhere

    nojazzhere Friend of Leo's

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    I've had several Korean Fenders....solid wood bodies and plywood....never seen one where the layers of plywood were so visible. They would be painted to cover that up. That said, for $70 it might be worth trying.
     

  9. Blazer

    Blazer Doctor of Teleocity

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    Here's what a genuine late seventies Strat in that color looks like. (Okay, a non-trem version but you get the idea)
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    The body is made from ash and the grain is visible through the finish.

    The headstock has a different shape, there's no white trussrod cover and seventies strats had the three bolt system.
     

  10. thunderbyrd

    thunderbyrd Friend of Leo's

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    i'd leave that dog at the pound.
     

  11. warrent

    warrent Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

    Sep 15, 2009
    toronto
    Did you tell the store it was a fake? In any case it probably retailed with its original logo for around their asking price. I'd pass but if you want it offer them $40.00. Even the decal is not legit.
     

  12. Strato50

    Strato50 Tele-Holic

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    I called the pawnshop...they said 50.00...I said keep it.
     
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  13. Nick Fanis

    Nick Fanis Friend of Leo's Ad Free Member

    Mar 3, 2003
    Athens-GREECE
    No it doesn't :)
     

  14. boredguy6060

    boredguy6060 Friend of Leo's

    Mar 28, 2012
    Sou Cal
    In the 70’s the markets all over south east Asia were flooded with really cheap knock offs that hardly resembled the Fender or Gibson that they poorly copied.
    But they were dirt cheap and if you were locals, you may have never seen a real Fender.
    But I’m sure that somewhere there is a cult following for such things.
     

  15. telemnemonics

    telemnemonics Doctor of Teleocity

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    I wouldn't foul my woodstove with that thing!
     

  16. jayyj

    jayyj Tele-Holic

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    There's definitely a collector interest in the high end copies, which rival Gibson and Fender of the same era for quality, and in the really quirky non-copy oddball stuff. The problem is everyone nowadays selling a bolt-on Les Paul with a plywood body, pressed top and single coil pickups in humbuckeir covers does so with a sales blurb about how these were better than the real thing (a modern Epi is a far better guitar, let alone a Gibson) and Gibson sued them (they didn't, they filed one suit against Ibanez over a headstock shape and Ibanez immediately changed design).

    So the Japanese copy market nowadays is about 80% smoke and mirrors but the best stuff is really exceptional.
     

  17. radiocaster

    radiocaster Friend of Leo's

    Aug 18, 2015
    europe
    The prices for serviceman guitars are insane. They cost more than MIM Fenders!
     

  18. chemobrain

    chemobrain Friend of Leo's Ad Free Member

    Nov 5, 2016
    oakland ca.
    I really like the exposed plywood , that is pretty gumphy.
    I didn't realized how I actually felt about real fender strats and teles until I saw that.
    icky!
     

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