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Fake Fender? Ye Gads!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Las Olas, May 19, 2003.

  1. Las Olas

    Las Olas

    Apr 20, 2003
    Scarborough, UK
  2. negative
  3. Turock


    Apr 30, 2000
    Looks like a fake to me.
  4. Las Olas

    Las Olas

    Apr 20, 2003
    Scarborough, UK
    Heh. Thought so. Just checking with the pros! Cheers.


  5. CaracasBass


    Jun 16, 2001
    Madrid, Spain
    It apears to be a rip off because of:

    1.- Tuning machines: those aren´t the traditional "elefant ear" tuning machines;

    2.- The "fender" and "jazz bass" decals on the headstock look like if someone took them from a fender bass and stick ´em on that bass;

    3.- The metal plate on the joint of the neck doesn´t have the fender F.......
  6. the lines around the decals are a giveaway, and that sunburst is very poor.
  7. Ben Mishler

    Ben Mishler

    Jan 22, 2003
    San Jose
    That defintley looks like a fake fender to me.
  8. Killdar


    Dec 16, 2002
    Portland Maine
    look at the price though :D
  9. BoiNtC


    Nov 25, 2002
    NYC, USA
    didn't the 70s J-Basses have a 3bolt neck?
  10. christle

    christle Supporting Member

    Jan 26, 2002
    Winnipeg, MB
    Don't forget that the F that is poorly etched on the base of the neck is also not indicative of a Fender. It would be either on the plate as indicated above or not there at all.
  11. Turock


    Apr 30, 2000
    Not on all of them. IIRC, the 3 bolt neck did not appear on the Jazz bass until 1975.
  12. BruceWane


    Oct 31, 2002
    Houston, TX
    All other things aside, even if it was a VERY poor refinishing job, notice that it appears to have a plate on the headstock for the truss rod adjustment.....Fender don't do dat.....
  13. Ben_P


    Oct 2, 2001
    Alberta, Canada
    What are those little metal things near the bridge?
  14. Haha..."Made in Japan". And the serial number starts with "FK". Hmm.
  15. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    There must be hundreds of variations on the Jazz bass copy and there must be thousands of cheap copies in the UK!

    My first ever bass was something like this and cost me £15 - although it wasn't "forged" to that extent!! ;)

    It's funny (ironic?) that it appears on eBay and is the subject of interest - whereas a few years ago, you could walk into any run-down Pawn shop/Junk Shop/Cash Converter in the UK and find something very similar!! :meh:

    So - it's like online shopping or bidding is somehow "cool" and sexy - where it is just the equivalent of grubbing through junk shops or car boot sales and is how every bored and hard-up (impecunious) middle-aged couple, used to spend their weekends in places like Essex!! :D
  16. Las Olas

    Las Olas

    Apr 20, 2003
    Scarborough, UK
    Hey, I live in Essex, watch what you say! :p

    Thanks for the insight, I was very suspicious, because of the Headstock.

    Case Closed!


  17. Woodchuck


    Apr 21, 2000
    Atlanta (Grant Park!)
    Gallien Krueger for the last 12 years!
    Looks real to me! :rolleyes: Even though my MIJ '75's decal looks different.[​IMG]
  18. rollo47

    rollo47 Wraggotry in Motion

    Nov 12, 2002
    Perth, Australia
    Well, that's a quality "Fender" if I've ever seen one. :rolleyes:
  19. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    Ha - that was a good guess then - considering you hadn't filled out your profile!! (hint,hint) ;)

    PS How many car-boot sales have you been too....this week!! :D