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Is My Tele a Fake?

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

  1. Psmity

    Psmity TDPRI Member

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    Ah, yeah that's really close. The body at least has the 3 MIM drill marks.
     
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  2. Preacher

    Preacher Friend of Leo's

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    I typically see the three crop circles around the lower horn on Mexi units.
     
  3. Psmity

    Psmity TDPRI Member

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    Supposedly the moved them from being a triangle to how your describing sometime in the mid 2000s
     
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    bo Poster Extraordinaire Silver Supporter

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    That's a lower end Chinese guitar. That doesn't mean it's not a Fender.
     
  5. John C

    John C Friend of Leo's

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    Yes; non-reissues typically have the skunk stripe on a 2-piece neck.

    However, I agree with most that this neck is at best some kind of Squier rebadged as Fender. The serial number is counterfeit.
     
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    Get a refund. The seller is a liar and is selling a faked, or severly modified guitar as a legit product.
     
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  7. Psmity

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    I don't think he intended to mislead. I think he actually got scammed himself when he bought the parts.
     
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    Update. The seller is taking the guitar back for a full refund.
     
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  9. stepvan

    stepvan Tele-Holic Silver Supporter

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    Some MIM necks have a black plastic insert where the truss rod end is. I guess hex size would be a tell if its a Squier or MIM neck
     
  10. LutherBurger

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    The neck looks exactly like the neck on my Indonesian 2019 Squier Bullet Telecaster... except for the fake Fender decal and serial number, of course.
     
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    Glad you are getting your money back.:) Stuff like this is the reason I only buy fenders from well known stores that are authorized fender dealers
     
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  12. Psmity

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    Interesting, I'd be curious to see what it is before I ship back. Know what the size would be for either one?
     
  13. Psmity

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    I think you might be right. Even the tuning machines seem to match.
     
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  14. stantheman

    stantheman Doctor of Teleocity

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    Does She play sweetly?
    I don't believe in pedigree...never have believed in pedigree.
    If it looks like a Telecaster and it plays like a Telecaster and it sounds like a Telecaster.

    Then it's a Telecaster and that's all that matters.
    Most of You YOUNG PEOPLE have ZERO IDEA of how many of Your treasured Instruments were
    switched out over the years. Unless You hear that SNAP when the Neck comes off on Antiques Roadshow You DON'T...and yeah...there are people out there that are versed in faking the SNAP too. "Blackie and Brownie" are BOTH parts Guitars...

    When it comes down to IT all that matters is if YOU LOVE IT.
    The best Stratocaster I ever owned in my life was a 1954 Body and a 1963 Rosewood VENEER
    Neck...so take THAT all of You Rosewood Slab-a-holics.

    Most of the people that care about this cork sniffing are not impressive Instrumentalists and use this funky "Baseball Card with the bent corner" as a means of masking their insecurities and driving down Your asking price. Ignore them - they're aunts.

    I wish I had the money to buy that nice guitar - that's the only Truth that concerns me.
    That and finding my misspelled word in today's corksniffing diatribe.
     
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    Wrighty Friend of Leo's

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    The tuners are, I think, irrelevant to the source of the neck.
     
  16. Psmity

    Psmity TDPRI Member

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    I have no idea what you're talking about...
    It didn't play like American teles I've test played if that's your question.
     
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  17. Owenmoney

    Owenmoney Tele-Afflicted

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    I’m glad you’re getting your money back, and I hope my post wasn’t taken as nasty, it wasn’t meant that way.


    Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
     
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    Musekatcher Friend of Leo's

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    Respectfully, I'd wager that is not an MIM neck, unless it was heavily modified, sanded, refinished, fretboard mods, etc. Actually, the wood selection doesn't look typical, so I'm pretty sure its not an MIM in any way. I have two, and many small details don't line up with actual MIM builds.
     
  19. Psmity

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    I think it's likely to be a squire neck someone modified. Changing a MIM neck ( which is already a fairly valuable and we'll playing neck ) to appear as a MIA wouldn't be nearly as lucrative as modifying a squire or 3rd party neck
     
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  20. G.Rotten

    G.Rotten Tele-Afflicted

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    It's certainly not an American Fender neck. With those tuners it's not likely a Fender neck at all.
     
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