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Is this Telecaster fake??? Please help!

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by alexlpak, Jun 5, 2016.

  1. alexlpak

    alexlpak TDPRI Member

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    A guy offered to sell me a "USA Telecaster" for an awesome deal, but when he sent the pictures to me, I felt really uncertain and was very skeptical just off of the images. Luckily, they are high quality, so it should help tons with identifying it. Is this guitar genuine and should I buy it? If not, please tell me what you see so I don't end up getting ripped off in the future. Thanks!
     

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  2. harold h

    harold h Friend of Leo's

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    Fake.

    This is not some type of buyer protection site. If you dont know the difference,
    you should buy a new one from a retailer where it is clear what you are getting.

    Otherwise it is very easy to get burned.
     
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  3. goonie

    goonie Friend of Leo's

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    Man those pictures took so long to load I nearly gave up... yeah it's fake.
     
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    alexlpak TDPRI Member

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    Thank you both so much! I know this isn't a buyer protection site, I just thought I could ask everyone here since you all would be more knowledgeable. I appreciate the feedback. I will not be purchasing this guitar.
     
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  5. johnnyha

    johnnyha Tele-Afflicted

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    Actually this IS, among other things, a de facto buyer protection site. People post here for authentification every day without any hassles, it's a smart thing to do. Huge discussions are often generated here from these "real or fake?" threads when they involve vintage Fenders. And yeh that's not even CLOSE to a USA - tell that guy he's pathetic, what a loser.
     
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  6. Jupiter

    Jupiter Telefied Ad Free Member

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    I'm no super-expert, but that decal looks hinky to me.
     
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    Bones Telefied Ad Free Member

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    You don't get to decide what kind of site this is.

    One of the greatest assets of this site is the knowledge of the members who can spot fakes and save potential buyers a lot of grief and remorse.
     
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  8. Mike SS

    Mike SS Poster Extraordinaire Silver Supporter

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    I am one of those guys who might need to use this site to spot fakes. Some fakes are easy to see, but others require a keen eye and knowledge beyond my experience. I know how to play them, but after that.......:rolleyes:.

    The counterfeit "Fenders" young Marines used to buy overseas were easy. They would proudly display their $200 P-bass with the painted on "Fender" emblem. Even without that, the rattle can finishes were a dead giveaway. Some of the fakes that I have seen here were quite good, but the on-site experts were tearing them apart.
     
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    Fake or real is the best continuous interactive game on the site! Bad Form Harald H
     
  10. rdwhitti

    rdwhitti Tele-Holic

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    It is a hugely valuable to the OP to know it is a fake, but I as a newbie would also like to know what gives it away as a fake. What did everybody spot so quickly that screamed "fake"? I am really trying to learn these things.
     
  11. Chicago Matt

    Chicago Matt Friend of Leo's

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    I guess, technically, you could consider this a "USA Telecaster" if the guy that bolted it together lives in the US ??? o_O

    I'm sure someone more knowledgeable than I will chime in to let you know exactly why it is a fake.
     
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  12. elmoscafeo

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    I'm no expert either, but the Fender logo looks too close to the tuners. It should be lower, with the top of the "F" almost in line with the lower string tree. Also, the letter "d" is crowding the G-tuner.

    It also looks like it's the wrong angle. It looks like the words run straight across rather than being angled upward to follow the lower line of the headstock.

    The word "Telecaster" also looks like it's in the wrong position.

    And lastly, where's the serial number? It should be on the face of the headstock if made after 1976.
     
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  13. Seasicksailor

    Seasicksailor Friend of Leo's

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    The saddles are wrong too.
     
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    elmoscafeo Tele-Afflicted

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    I was just looking at that. They look like the cheap Chinese ones that you can buy off of Amazon and eBay.
     
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    Seasicksailor Friend of Leo's

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    I believe that similar saddles were used in Japanese and other Asian models in the 70s and 80s, but they were never used on USA models.
     
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  17. rdwhitti

    rdwhitti Tele-Holic

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    Thanks for all of the help guys! Really informative, especially that Web link.
     
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    Truss rod surround looks like shiny plastic and to large for the 1/8 hex key used to adjust a USA neck ....

    It's like playing spot the difference!
     
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    I like the 'fake or not' posts, teaches me so much what to look for when I'm buying a guitar, very useful reference.
     
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    Just had to look at the headstock with this one, waaayyyy off!
     
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