Fake fender american ultra strats??

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  1. Jackyflash

    Jackyflash New Member!

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    I found a mocca burst fender american ultra strat for a 1,000.
    Anyone heard of the chinese faking these???
     
  2. stevierayfan91

    stevierayfan91 DEEPLY SHY.

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    Welcome @Jackyflash :)

    possibly. Do you have a picture of the guitar?
     
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    dscottyg Strat-O-Master

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    Yeah, let’s see pictures. I have an ultra in Texas tea and I’m pretty good with knowing all the little details.
     
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    Here are some pics.
     

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    jrbirdman Senior Stratmaster Platinum Supporting Member Silver Member

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    Why would you automatically think its fake?
     
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    CB91710 No GAS shortage here Double Platinum Supporting Member

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    Because the price is too good to be true... especially in today's insane market.
    The Ultra goes for $2000+
    Even a 5 year old American Standard sells for over $1000

    But it's impossible to tell anything from those images.
     
  7. Jackyflash

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    More pics
     

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    jrbirdman Senior Stratmaster Platinum Supporting Member Silver Member

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    I have noticed that the price of used guitars, in my area, have been dropping.
     
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    Colnago1 Senior Stratmaster

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    Looks real to me. Maybe stolen?
     
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    CB91710 No GAS shortage here Double Platinum Supporting Member

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    Ya, I don't see any obvious signs of being fake. Case and neck look right, doubful the Mochaburst would be faked.
     
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    nutball73 Senior Stratmaster

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    Guitar isn't fake. Pics might be, as in the seller doesn't have the guitar. Common scam to put someone else's guitar up for sale and just scam the buyers money.
     
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    Textele Senior Stratmaster Silver Member

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    This world has just gotten so sleazy.

    Scams, scams, scams. I even get text fishing scams.

    Feel sorry for the older generation that gets taken advantage of the most.

    It wasn't always this bad.

    I remember when craigslist Dallas was a great place to deal (about a decade ago), and seemed everybody was reliable and cool.

    @Jackyflash From the pics the guitar looks genuine to my eyes. Make sure and run the serial number on Fender's website. It will at least tell you if the color and model match up.

    And welcome to Strat-Talk.
     
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    It looks good. I had a new ultra telecaster Texas tea that came with the sticker separate still with the backing on it. Maybe Because it was the anodized metal pick guard. The sticker might leave residue.
     
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    I got the Ultra Stratocaster Texas Tea on eBay auction for $1350 about 8 months ago. I thought that seemed like a real bargain. $1000 seems way too low. But maybe it’s a rare deal.I would only get it if you can meet with the person in public and see it or get it on eBay or Reverb where there is buyer protection.
     
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    train Fender 1 —the met. Silver Member

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    That’s a wholesale price. About what you would get at a pawn store. They would re sell for 1499 . Why would anybody give away 500. Sounds like a trick bag.
     
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    I’ve learned a few techniques that help id scammers on places like craigslist. Learned this because I look there daily for “finds” to share on my site.

    First step is to send an email with a basic question that any guitar owner would know the answer to (like what strings are on it currently). If that gets answered then you’ve established contact and entered the first tier, ready to proceed to the 2nd.
     
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    Before the pandemic 50-60 percent of retail used to be the average for used prices. 1000 seems okay. I wouldn't consider it an absolute steal.

    The guitar in pics seem legit.
     
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    Got it for 900.
    Doubting its a fake with all this case candy
     

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    Whoa, that’s a crazy deal!
     
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    Incredible deal. Why does it have the Telecaster spec sheet?
     
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