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Is My Tele a Fake?

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by Psmity, Oct 23, 2019.

  1. Doorlord

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    looks kinda like a mid 2000s Mexican neck.
     
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  2. Psmity

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    Any idea if the serials were on the back?
     
  3. Musekatcher

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    I don't think so. I'm not nearly as good as the experts here, and even I can tell that's not a Fender neck. The decal placements are slightly off, the neck shape and edge radii are not Fender, the head shape and contour isn't Fender or Squier, color and tint are not correct, etc. It may be a fine neck anyway.
     
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  4. drmmrr55

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    Oh yeah, the black plastic plug in the truss rod adjust access, pretty much confirms that neck, is not made in the USA. (USA models use the same wood as the skunk stripe for the plug). I suspect it could be a Squire, or MIM neck, re-decaled to look like a MIA Fender neck, or as someone else suggested, an aftermarket neck.
     
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  5. Peegoo

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    Looks like a re-finned Squier or possibly re-finned MIM Fender neck.

    The black plastic insert at the truss rod access hole on the headstock is the giveaway.
     
  6. marc2211

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    The black plastic insert in the truss rod area was used in 2000's MIM and Korea necks on Strats, and I think also some Squiers of the same era (one of my MIK Squier guitars had this). The 50's and 60's Classic models did not have the insert and had a wood plug instead.

    I am assuming that Teles followed the same kind of spec path. If this is the case, I'd guess it's a MIM/Squier neck that's had the decals changed - or Maybe a totally off-brand copy.

    Hope the seller helps out you on this.
     
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  7. 650thunderbird

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    Skunk stripe on a two piece neck? Is that a thing with Fender, or Squier even?
     
  8. beagle

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    Its a partscaster, so the tuners mean nothing. MIJ, MIM and Squier necks may have the plastic insert, not MIA (vintage or modern). If that's wrong, chances are the rest is too.

    There's no need to take anything apart, it's not as described, send it back and get a refund.
     
  9. Chunkocaster

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    The neck looks Chinese to me, so does the sunburst and gloss on the body.

    I have a Chinese flame maple neck and it has a 5th location hole like that on the heel too.
    I also have a Chinese double bound 3t sunburst body and the finish looks a lot like the one pictured and I have a Chinese 6 brass barrel saddle bridge I bought for $8 bucks delivered that looks like that bridge in the pic.
     
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  10. Corvus

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    I think the giveaway is the way the headstock joins the back of the neck. Oriental necks usually have a considerable "drop back" to accommodate a modern truss rod just beneath the fingerboard and this is usually sanded flat with sharp angles to the back of the neck.
     
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  11. Nick Fanis

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    Exactly that's why I said that this is not a Fender or Squier neck (MIA,MIJ,MIM,MIK,MIC,MII)
     
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    1993 MIM neck with plastic truss rod fill. That is a common feature on current Indonesian Squiers, but other details reveal MIM.

    That was early in the MIM timeline and may overlap the MIJ parts used between MIM/MIJ as Fender figured out what they were going to do for marketing and production location.

    Fender Special Runs are often MIM.

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  13. Owenmoney

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    Evidently it a certified genuine partscaster. It was always a fake. fender didn’t assemble it. I learned that on this forum.


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    Looks like squier part caster for sure
     
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    s-l1600.jpg That looks to be a Squier guitar neck look at the fret markers Fender Mex , USA ,Japan use solid white ABS markers Squier use a pearloid type marker on most of their products
     
  16. Chunkocaster

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    China made necks use weird looking markers like that too. You can often pop them in below the fretboard surface if you press hard on them.:eek:
     
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    Not likely. The only time Fender Japan used serial numbers that began with an N was 1993-1994, and those had six digits afterward.

    Also, there's way too much gap between the edge of the bridge assembly and the pickguard.
     
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    Yeah, I always knew that, but as long as it was genuine MIA parts it worked for me. Unfortunately it appears that was also not the case.
     
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    Here is the body. It matches a bunch of MIM tele bodies I've seen.

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