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Real or fake?
Poll ended at Fri Dec 06, 2019 4:08 am
Real 60%  60%  [ 3 ]
Fake 40%  40%  [ 2 ]
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Post subject: Advice on spotting a fake Fender
Posted: Tue Nov 26, 2019 4:08 am
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Hello, I'm currently trying to find a used Fender Stratocaster. Then I came across this. The guy told me that every item that came with the purchase is still complete. But then, I notice that the number isn't perfectly aligned which got me worried.
https://imgur.com/gkbPHoY
I've run the serial number on this site and everything seems good, the model matches the serial number, and the color is also red. So my question is this, is it something normal or is it something I should be worried for?


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Post subject: Re: Advice on spotting a fake Fender
Posted: Mon Dec 02, 2019 3:29 pm
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This only one picture do not show a fake Strat IMO


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Post subject: Re: Advice on spotting a fake Fender
Posted: Mon Dec 02, 2019 5:03 pm
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Don't overthink it - the serial numbers are actually 2 decals - one has the words "Serial Number" and the "USXX" on it, the other decal is the 6-digit number. They are different fonts and sometimes the 2 decals aren't lined up.


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Post subject: Re: Advice on spotting a fake Fender
Posted: Mon Dec 02, 2019 7:05 pm
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That serial number shows in the online registration system:

American Standard Stratocaster®
Serial #: US12269371
Brand: Fender
Product Category: Guitars

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If the color and description match, then it's most likely not fake.

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Post subject: Re: Advice on spotting a fake Fender
Posted: Tue Dec 03, 2019 10:15 am
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John C wrote:
Don't overthink it - the serial numbers are actually 2 decals - one has the words "Serial Number" and the "USXX" on it, the other decal is the 6-digit number. They are different fonts and sometimes the 2 decals aren't lined up.


Minor nitpick -- it's one decal but printed twice. First stamp does the part that's the same on the whole batch ("serial number USxx"), second stamp is done by a 6 wheeled geared thingy that advances one number each time the mechanism goes up and down.

It's a standard common printing technique when combining fixed unchanging parts with individualized parts.


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Post subject: Re: Advice on spotting a fake Fender
Posted: Tue Dec 03, 2019 11:19 am
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Nothing wrong with what we see. But what we see is v-e-r-y little; almost the elephant and three blind men situation.

So, it's an AmStd neck. What is it attached to, if anything?

And BTW, a poll on this..? :shock:


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Post subject: Re: Advice on spotting a fake Fender
Posted: Tue Dec 03, 2019 2:59 pm
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jmattis wrote:


And BTW, a poll on this..? :shock:


:lol:


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Post subject: Re: Advice on spotting a fake Fender
Posted: Tue Dec 03, 2019 4:06 pm
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The lack of supporting evidence screams fake to me, whether the thing is legit or not. :wink:
It looks like someone is trying to hide something. :wink: :wink:

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