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  • Fake guitars seized

    https://wtop.com/loudoun-county/2021...ional-airport/

    Be careful of the used market.

  • #2
    Of course - China was the source.
    I once turned in an auction house that was selling some very nice Chibsons as Gibsons. The county sheriff told me they were also selling counterfeit Rolexes and fake DeBeers diamonds.

    https://imgur.com/6uI3jdk
    aka Chris Pile, formerly of Six String Fever

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    • #3
      Originally posted by ICTGoober View Post
      Of course - China was the source.
      I once turned in an auction house that was selling some very nice Chibsons as Gibsons. The county sheriff told me they were also selling counterfeit Rolexes and fake DeBeers diamonds.

      https://imgur.com/6uI3jdk
      Well, of course.

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      • #4
        That's a lot of Gib/Martin/Fender to be arriving at Dulles on any given day me thinks....

        That said not would have been MORE interesting to see where they were going first.
        Originally posted by Bad City
        He's got the crowd on his side and the blue jean lights in his eyes...

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        • #5
          One of those customs officers must be a guitarist!

          We have a family friend that flies internationally to China and Hong Kong. Without fail she returns every time with some knockoff goodies for her friends. Must be easy to get hold of them since she has only a few hours before flying back. I'll ask her to bring me a Les Paul next time.
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          • #6
            Originally posted by Aceman View Post
            That's a lot of Gib/Martin/Fender to be arriving at Dulles on any given day me thinks....

            That said not would have been MORE interesting to see where they were going first.
            According to CBP, the guitars were addressed to 21 different U.S. states, and one was destined for Australia.





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            • #7
              I think that the signature on the les paul signed by 'slash' might have been a giveaway:




              Is it bad that I kinda want to play the purple and blue 335 at the front? :P
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              • #8
                Dang... There goes my YJM

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                • #9
                  Next stop for these guitars is a bandsaw in US Customs.
                  aka Chris Pile, formerly of Six String Fever

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                  • #10
                    21 different places makes me think it is 21 random buyers...
                    Originally posted by Bad City
                    He's got the crowd on his side and the blue jean lights in his eyes...

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                    • #11
                      Dang

                      The only reason anyone gets the company name on the headstock is to deceive people
                      whether its fool folks at a show
                      Or a buyer at a sale

                      Those are pretty instruments
                      And probably play fine

                      i doubt they get destroyed
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                      • #12
                        The one I bought played terrific and sounded like a dream. But when I opened it up it was fake as hell. Which is why I turned them in. Got my money back, too.
                        aka Chris Pile, formerly of Six String Fever

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                        • #13
                          I would like to point out that fakes coming from Asia are a product of labor costs -fakes were coming from primarily inside North America for many many decades until the costs got too high to where only high end fakes make economic sense now -except from Mexico.

                          It's not a moral indictment of Asian countries as some would imply -it's the economic opportunity of criminal enterprise regardless of location.
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                          • #14
                            It's not a moral indictment of Asian countries as some would imply -it's the economic opportunity of criminal enterprise regardless of location.
                            Yeah, it is. Not the person on the line (who is working for pennies a day), but the American importers and the owners of the factories KNOW it's illegal. And they should suffer the consequences (which they seldom have to do).

                            aka Chris Pile, formerly of Six String Fever

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by ICTGoober View Post

                              Yeah, it is. Not the person on the line (who is working for pennies a day), but the American importers and the owners of the factories KNOW it's illegal. And they should suffer the consequences (which they seldom have to do).
                              And those pennies = $10 an hour here. Show an appropriate economic comparison or don't say that. we work for crap compared to people in Dubai.

                              And illegal is also relative.
                              Originally posted by Bad City
                              He's got the crowd on his side and the blue jean lights in his eyes...

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