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How fake is this Strat?

Discussion in 'Non-Fender S-Type Guitar Forum' started by davidrf, Mar 8, 2018.

  1. davidrf

    davidrf Strat-Talker

    Age:
    39
    469
    Dec 27, 2010
    Italy
    A guy sells this for 800$ with "gigbag" (not hard case). I can spot several things that are pretty weird to my eyes (for example the wide space underneath the 21st fret). But maybe I'm wrong, so..

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  2. ocean

    ocean Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    Apr 14, 2015
    In a house
    Where's the serial number ?
     
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  3. gilmourstrat

    gilmourstrat Senior Stratmaster

    Oct 16, 2012
    Europe
    That's wrong in so many ways I don't even know where to start...
     
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  4. electroplasmolog

    electroplasmolog Strat-Talker

    Age:
    55
    184
    Sep 18, 2017
    GB
    Can you post some pictures of the back of the body and back of neck?
     
  5. davidrf

    davidrf Strat-Talker

    Age:
    39
    469
    Dec 27, 2010
    Italy
    Those are all the pics the guy put in the ad...
     
  6. electroplasmolog

    electroplasmolog Strat-Talker

    Age:
    55
    184
    Sep 18, 2017
    GB
    Can you give details so people know what to look for in the future. Its great having access to all the knowledge and experience so many people freely give on this site. Thanks
     
  7. electroplasmolog

    electroplasmolog Strat-Talker

    Age:
    55
    184
    Sep 18, 2017
    GB
    Thanks David
     
  8. Uncle Fiesta

    Uncle Fiesta Senior Stratmaster

    I can't believe how skew-whiff those tuners are!

    Also, I'm betting the contouring is about right on the back because those Chinese fakes usually are. But I notice it's virtually non-existent on the front.
     
  9. Stratoskater

    Stratoskater Senior Stratmaster

    Age:
    43
    Feb 8, 2011
    Raleigh NC
    The CS logo is wrong, the Orig Contour Body sticker is on the wrong spot on the ball end, the space after 21st fret is too big and the shape of where the neck transitions to the head is wrong. Also never seen tuners that look like vintage split shaft on the back but are modern style on the front but I may be wrong on that one.
     
  10. 59jackstrat

    59jackstrat Strat-Talk Member

    99
    May 18, 2013
    Utah
    What the? 100% bogus!
     
  11. Thrup'ny Bit

    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon Strat-Talk Supporter

    Age:
    59
    May 21, 2010
    Sheffield, UK
    More like 120%.
     
  12. gilmourstrat

    gilmourstrat Senior Stratmaster

    Oct 16, 2012
    Europe
    This:

     
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  13. knh555

    knh555 Senior Stratmaster

    Age:
    46
    Dec 6, 2016
    Massachusetts
    Well, it is certainly custom.
     
  14. JohnDH

    JohnDH Senior Stratmaster

    Im not seeing a truss rod here!
     
  15. Ebidis

    Ebidis Providing the world with flat bends since 1985 Strat-Talk Supporter

    Age:
    52
    Nov 14, 2013
    Alabama
    The tuners are definitely bogus. Also, the infamous too wide 12th fret dot spacing, and the pickguard screws are not positioned correctly.
     
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  16. Stratoskater

    Stratoskater Senior Stratmaster

    Age:
    43
    Feb 8, 2011
    Raleigh NC
    It would be at the heel like most vintage Strats and not the headstock. If you look close in the second pic you can see the indentation in the heel where it is.
     
  17. tealsixtysix

    tealsixtysix Senior Stratmaster

    Aug 30, 2015
    Massachusetts USA
    Wow. For starters, the CS doesn't tend to strip tuner and string retainer screws.

    But I’ll say this: The decal gets the fine print better than most fakes. That said, the “Fender” script is way wrong, and the CS decal isn’t at all close.
     
  18. Ebidis

    Ebidis Providing the world with flat bends since 1985 Strat-Talk Supporter

    Age:
    52
    Nov 14, 2013
    Alabama
    The headstock shape looks a bit off too.
     
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  19. jaybones

    jaybones Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    Probably easier to list what they got right.

    Output plate looks right.
    Strap buttons (although black on gold HW) look like they're in the right spots.
    Stamped saddles, don't say Fender and aren't cast block.
     
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  20. Synapse2k

    Synapse2k Strat-O-Master

    567
    Nov 13, 2015
    USA
    Not even a good fake. Looks more like a knockoff of a knockoff
     
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