Is this a fake?

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  1. Whitenoise

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    No serial number on the headstock or neck plate. Says had neck off and verified serial # and put it on sticker as shown below. Does this look like a valid serial #? Did fender put serial #'s on neck and/or neck pocket? No COA, also thought "custom telecaster" models had binding.

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  2. BorderRadio

    BorderRadio Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    No binding, not a “Custom Telecaster”. Weird serial number, but that could be the fact that the guy reading the legit neck stamps mistook the numbers for a serial. I’d say the neck might be legit because the truss rod adjustment is at the body end (I assume). Details on the neck volute make me question the CS decal. I’d have to see the neck end and neck pocket myself to make the purchase. That said, this is probably a partscaster, not a legit MIA CS original. Only worth the sum of the parts.
     
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    Fake as.... the neck looks dodgy too to my eyes...
     
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    run away ...
     
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    No. Fender doesn't hide serial numbers. If this was a Telecaster classic as described on the sticker it would have a serial number on the plate.

    The neck doesn't match the body either. It's at best a partscaster made with some fenderish parts. I'd want to see under the pickguard, bridge, the neck pocket and the neck heel to see for any hints its a fender.

    What's it being sold as and for how much?
     
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    That's a special "Avery Label" official numbering ... :rolleyes::eek:;):(
     
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    Do they put those flat style bridges on CS models?
     
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    A three screw bridge??? Hmmmm.
    I’m no Xpert, but I’m going with....

    FAKE!!!
     
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    Doesn't look right to me. 12th Fret neck dots are spaced too far apart. The curve on the neck at the back at the headstock looks wrong. If it's supposed to be a vintage spec then the neck pickup shouldn't be mounted to the pickguard. I'd pass.
     
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    Flat top bridge screws?...
     
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    Once I see a part is fake the whole thing becomes questionable
     
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    Not sure about the bridge either...
     
  15. Peegoo

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    "Says had neck off and verified serial # and put it on sticker as shown below."

    I love you...the check's in the mail...you know the rest.

    It's a bitser.
     
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    Was smart enough to take the neck off but not smart enough to take a photo...
     
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    I think not, it is worth its’ playability - that’s all. “Only A Chibson Is Good Enough”
    Seriously stuff is made so well these days that I’ve become
    a connoisseur of “Bottom Feeding”, and quite honestly Men
    there are Squiers & Epiphones today that are superior to
    domestic goods from the 1970’s, and I’m talking a country mile better.

    The only domestic company that maintained its’ standards
    was Guild - and it bankrupted them.

    These days if it’s a high end instrument it has to be made by Terada or it’s an also ran. That R9, the one with the hide glue, yeah that one, the Dark ‘Burst Vader...all yours. That Heavy Relic Esquire that a former Yardbird broke wind on for 20k yeah that one...(insert sarcasm here).

    It has gotten out of hand in my honest opinion.

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    Not that I've ever seen.

    Furthermore, the placement of the screw holes versus string holes suggest that it's an AM Standard body or similar retrofitted with a three-saddle bride. The pickguard-mounted neck pickup would also be seen with a 22 fret neck, as opposed to the 21 fret unit seen here.

    It's almost certainly a partscaster IMO.
     
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    That sticker looks like the ones Stratosphere puts on their parts.
     
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    I've got a feeling the neck might be legit; that's the only thing.....on second thought, that's a little wonky also....:eek:
     
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