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Basses Using Counterfeit Fender headstock decals

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by john turner, Apr 25, 2009.


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  1. john turner

    john turner You don't want to do that. Trust me. Staff Member

    Mar 14, 2000
    atlanta ga
    this thread is split off to discuss the use of fender decals by "certain" builders ( :eyebrow: ) on their instruments. below is a picture of some such instruments :

    counterfeitfenders.


    note the one with the fender logo on the headstock.

    :eyebrow: how does that work? is this a used instrument?
     
  2. mongo2

    mongo2

    Feb 17, 2008
    Da Shaw
    +1

    I'm not even going to mention the other two Fender decaled basses behind it.
     
  3. john turner

    john turner You don't want to do that. Trust me. Staff Member

    Mar 14, 2000
    atlanta ga
    i'm serious, not trying to get into any kind of confrontation. i just want to know if this guy is selling instruments as new with a fender decal on the headstock.
     
  4. mongo2

    mongo2

    Feb 17, 2008
    Da Shaw
    Me too.

    Three Fender decaled instruments and another bass decaled with what looks like "Elite CertainBass" in the same shot in what looks like some sort of assembly facility begs that question.
     
  5. dog1

    dog1

    Dec 30, 2008
    Indiana
    :meh: :meh: :confused:
     
  6. WildTrkey

    WildTrkey Banned

    Mar 1, 2009
    Dude...you just opened a case of :scowl: for your American "luthier".

    Wow...just...wow.

    Can't wait to see the fallout from this one...:bag:
     
  7. Wrong on so many levels.
     
  8. Darkstrike

    Darkstrike Return Of The King!

    Sep 14, 2007
    Before judging the guy completly, Certain uses parts, and chance for this build he grabbed a Fender neck off the Bay?

    I mean, if he did add the decal, thats just low.
     
  9. Bill, take a closer look at the picture. Three very different necks with the same decal and then two more necks in the background with nothing on the headstock.

    If it quacks like a duck....
     
  10. bongomania

    bongomania Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 17, 2005
    PDX, OR
    owner, OVNIFX and OVNILabs
    Realizing that a picture on the internet can fool the eyes, but if you look at the rosewood-with-blocks neck that has no decal on the headstock, doesn't it kind of look like the decal area was sanded? A rectangular area of lighter color?
     
  11. Darkstrike

    Darkstrike Return Of The King!

    Sep 14, 2007
    I see, very good point, I didn't take much notice of the "non-Jaco" basses.
    Yeah, I see that too.
     
  12. Mr. Ray

    Mr. Ray

    Feb 20, 2009
    Canada
    It could be but I'm not certain ;)
     
  13. Possible, but if so that the most exacting sanding job I've seen in a while.

    GL necks go for about $300 or so plus shipping on eBay though. I've been watching them for a couple of months now for a project I'm working on and that seems to be fairly consistent, Why would someone take a $300 neck, ruin its value by sanding it down and then add it to a $550 bass? Makes no sense to me.

    Perhaps it was another brand name that was sanded off?
     
  14. Mr. Ray

    Mr. Ray

    Feb 20, 2009
    Canada
    The threads I have read involving Certain basses seem to take an interesting road. Makes for some interesting reading. I am going to get a large iced tea and check this thread later.
     
  15. Darkstrike

    Darkstrike Return Of The King!

    Sep 14, 2007
    Like SX....:ninja:
     
  16. bongomania

    bongomania Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 17, 2005
    PDX, OR
    owner, OVNIFX and OVNILabs
    Well yeah, that's what I was hinting at. The letters "S" and "X" might have been removed ;) although Certain insists he doesn't use their parts.
     
  17. Maybe, maybe not. Can't see the top of the headstock, but his CertainBass Elite has the same headstock as the "Fenders" do.
     
  18. Darkstrike

    Darkstrike Return Of The King!

    Sep 14, 2007
    Depending on the headstock model, nohing a hacksaw wouldn't fix....
     
  19. Why bother when Chinese knockoffs are a dime a dozen?

    I don't know....And no disrespect to the OP or his new bass, but I just find the business practices of this builder to be highly questionable and rather objectionable.
     
  20. Darkstrike

    Darkstrike Return Of The King!

    Sep 14, 2007
    I was just kiddin' dude.:)

    Seems so, if he's using Fender decals.
     

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