Fake Tele Neck?

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by Rock_Glenn, Jun 22, 2017.

  1. Rock_Glenn

    Rock_Glenn TDPRI Member

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    I bought an american standard tele neck 4 years ago, Serial # is N800113, puts it at around a 1998 American Tele.

    Only the more I look at it something seems a bit off, the finish has cracked a bit but it's worst over the Fender logos on the headstock. There is no skunk stripe, a solid piece of maple for the neck. The fender logo looks a bit faded, but again it could be because of the finish fading/cracking there.

    The big one for me is that the serial number is in the middle of the back of the headstock and not behind the high E and B string tuners like I've seen...

    I was going to sell this on the ebays, but I'm nervous about selling a fake. The listing is here with pics:

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/253004842050?ul_noapp=true
     
  2. 10thoufirst

    10thoufirst Tele-Holic

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    I think you are right to be concerned as I don't think it's legit. The decals are all wrong, the wood itself looks more like beech rather than maple. The truss-rod hole has been painted black (this particular one would have left its factory unfinished or clear varnished), incorrect string tree.
    I think this neck originated in China but I'm no expert and this is only my opinion.
     
  3. Blue Bill

    Blue Bill Poster Extraordinaire

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    I concur with 10 Thou. Decal, truss rod hole, string tree, and the heel looks not-Fender-y.
     
  4. Rock_Glenn

    Rock_Glenn TDPRI Member

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    Good enough for me gentleman. Probably explains why I never bonded with that guitar. I'll take the listing down. Anyone in market for a fake tele neck?

    Seriously though, I don't understand how people can be that dishonest and live with themselves.
     
  5. ricknbaker

    ricknbaker Tele-Afflicted

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    Googling 'Fender N800113" comes back with many depressing results, among them this:

    "This serial number : N800113 is a fake that comes with a decal set from Centro (I think thats their name!) it may show when your on one of the Fender serial number / dating sites but it's a fake ...beware!"
     
  6. Rock_Glenn

    Rock_Glenn TDPRI Member

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    Lesson learned, though I distinctly remember googling the serial # when I got the neck, it seems the internet took some time to catch on.
     
  7. 10thoufirst

    10thoufirst Tele-Holic

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    Sell it anyway. Adverise it as a fake with a strap line like, "As identified by TDPRI Forum aficionados". Could put the price up a bit! Or down...
     
  8. TeleTown

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    I think I would keep it and build a beatercaster around it and ware that fret board out.
     
  9. Rock_Glenn

    Rock_Glenn TDPRI Member

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    I decided to sell it labeled as a fake, it's more likely to get played by someone else. I have too many guitars anyway. They deserve to be played, cheap/fake or not.
     
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