It’s a very sad thing to have to say – but please beware when buying an expensive guitar from an auction site or non-authorised dealer. It is quite easy for someone to make an instrument that look like an Ibanez, Fender or Gibson guitar. It may even have the trademarked logos in all the right places. HOWEVER – looking like a genuine Fender Stratocaster or Ibanez RG421 and sounding like one can be very different things. These fake guitars do not offer the feel, sound or quality people should expect from the real article.
Best way to avoid a counterfeit Guitar
The best way to avoid buying a fake Gibson, a counterfeit Fender or a crooked Ibanez is to buy it from a trusted and authorised store. We would ask that all our visitors please first check the price of a NEW guitar from a trusted store like Gear4Music.com. You might be pleasantly surprised – genuine gear at great prices from a dedicated online music specialist
But this Fender is just so cheap!
Most importantly – if something looks to good to be true, it probably is. There are several things that can be checked for example, seller’s feedback and seller’s history. If the seller only has a few sales, been selling for less than a few months and/or has less than 98% feedback – walk away and shop another day. Another sensible thing to do is ask the seller about the article. If they’re passionate about it they will be able to answer any technical questions. If they give “vague” relies or simply don’t answer – don’t bid
Ask the seller if they have the original RECEIPT of purchase from a reputable music store. Most people will keep such an item as it’s useful for insurance purposes as well as helping to maintain the value of the guitar.
The paragraph below comes courtesy of Ibanez.com. It clearly shows how serious this problem is ….
The best protection against being cheated or disappointed is to buy your new or used Ibanez guitars and basses from an authorized Ibanez retailer. Please contact the distributor for your country that’s listed on the Ibanez website to find the nearest Ibanez authorized retailer.Ibanez.com
One final but very important note: Because of the damages and hardship that illegal merchandise cause at so many levels, counterfeiting is a serious crime. By regional statutes, in the most countries, it’s not only a felony to sell counterfeit merchandise, it’s a felony even to own it.
At AnotherGuitar.co.uk we are not responsible for any loss or prejudice incurred from purchasing a fake guitar. It is your responsibility to use discretion when shopping with a non-authorized dealer or auction website. Please take care and shop carefully. Remember – if it looks to good to be true, it probably is …
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