Crooked Serial Number... is this a fake American Standard Telecaster?

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  1. SnowGoose

    SnowGoose NEW MEMBER!

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    Hello TDPRI,

    I'm looking to buy a used 2013 American Standard Telecaster. It's $1000 CAD... however it's a bit of a far drive so trying to determine legitimacy based on pictures. Could it be an excellent fake?

    Everything looks completely legit compared to other photos online... EXCEPT the serial number on the back looks to be crooked - it's not parallel to the tuning heads.

    I've included some pictures but they're all fairly low quality (it's all he gave me). He also wants to sell fast which makes me uncertain. Entering the serial number produces the correct model on the Fender site, so that checks out.

    Telecaster experts of the world, please ease my paranoia. What do you guys think?

    Pics:

    https://imgur.com/q2uZ6gw
    https://imgur.com/I6eMgeG
    https://imgur.com/y66hEPg
    https://imgur.com/GFJMoin
    https://imgur.com/XtrtS15
     
  2. chezdeluxe

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    It looks correct to me.

    That is the proper bridge with the strat style bent steel saddles.
     
  3. bsman

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    I also do not see anything problematic or concerning. Love the color!
     
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  4. John C

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    Looks fine to me; it's not unusual for the serial number decals to not be perfectly straight; it's 2 decals:
    • part A is the prefix (the words "Serial Number" and the code, US13 on this one)
    • part B is the 6-digit individual number
     
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  5. boris bubbanov

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    Yup, you're in the clear, to keep pursuing this one. Good luck!
     
  6. SnowGoose

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    Fantastic. Thank you for your help!
     
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