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Fender cables, some Fender and D'Addario strings on sale today Jan 31 2013, Meritline

Discussion in 'Hot Deals' started by BassilPesto, Jan 30, 2013.

  1. On sale today Jan 30 2012 on meritline.com:

    Fender Custom Shop Vintage Voltage 10ft tweed guitar cables - $9.99 (vs. about $17 on ebay)
    Free shipping from China (maybe order must be over $10), Ground Expedited Service $1.99
    Various colors

    Also similar 20ft cables $14.99 (vs. about $22 on ebay)

    The web pages say "Random Colors" but also let you pick a color. I talked to Meritline and learned that in this case, "random" means "assorted". I picked several different colors and the order seemed to go through OK.

    Meritline also has some bass strings on sale today:

    Fender 990 L 4 Bass Strings 45-90 NOS - $7.99
    D'Addario EXL170-5 Nickel Bass Strings - EXL170-5TP, Medium 5'S - 45-130 - $12.99 (vs. $16.10 on ebay)

    The Fender strings package pictured has some misspellings. Maybe that's why they weren't sold years ago. I'd guess they're real NOS. You can read a little bit about those strings here:

    I've bought lots of generic computer/audio cables and various LED trinkets from Meritline and haven't had any real problems. I once got a defective item and they sent me another immediately. Shipping from China can be a little slow sometimes.

    I haven't seen musical equipment like this on Meritline before. Maybe because it's catagorized under Home > Home & Decor > Guitar Accessories.
  2. dave79

    dave79 Rest well Fish Supporting Member

    The Fender strings are sold out, 45-90 seems to be asking for a neck twist IMO
  3. Andy_D


    Nov 28, 2009
    Corpus Christi, TX
    I don't know that D'Addario and Fender make their strings in China. The packaging did not look correct and it misspellings and such. My guess is that they are Chinese counterfeits. Buyer beware!
  4. dave79

    dave79 Rest well Fish Supporting Member

    Fenders are back but more expensive: Today: $16.99 ($16.99 each)
  5. Bongolation


    Nov 9, 2001
    No Bogus Endorsements
    There is a


    amount of counterfeit Fender gear "shipped from China" on eBay, and I mean really lame fakes. What I've mainly seen are strings and accessories.

    This may be some of the same stuff.
  6. Good to know.

    I ordered some of the cables from Meritline, so I'll report back when I see what they're like. If anyone ordered some of the strings, please do the same.
  7. I received my Fender Custom Shop Vintage Voltage 10ft tweed guitar cables today, eight days after I ordered them. They were shipped via USPS, from Meritline in California, not from China. (The web site said "shipped from China".)

    The cables certainly appear to be genuine. They look more or less like my "Fender Custom Shop Instrument Cable" (not Vintage Voltage), but they're thinner. They're not nearly as flexible, but that may improve as they're used. The jacks are more plain-looking.

    The packaging matches the old-style with black background. Each cable includes two velcro-like cable ties, as part of the packaging. The cardboard cards do seem a little old and maybe slightly yellowed. The back includes "Made in China" and a guarantee with "Effective Date: January 1, 2000".

    One of the cables is "black and silver" color. I thought that really meant "black and light gray". But no, they mean "silver". Half the cable jacket is bright silver, like tinsel. Very flashy. Really flashy.

    The cables are still on sale for the same price, "Today $9.99". The web pages don't say "Vintage Voltage" any more, but that's what's pictured. I think they're OK for the money if you want tweed, but they're not a great deal. The biggest drawback is their stiffness. Personally, next time I'd rather spend $5 -$10 more and get a standard (non-Vintage Voltage) Fender Custom Shop Tweed cable. They're much nicer.

    For both styles of cable, the "stress relief" rubber tubing over the plug and cable is so stiff that it acts as a 4-inch lever. The stress is passed on to the jack. What's up with that? I may trim most of it off.
  8. ddawson2012

    ddawson2012 Gold Supporting Member

    Aug 30, 2011
    Farmingdale, NY
    D'Addario Marketing Specialist; Don Dawson
    You can always check your D'Addario strings at www.daddario.com/playreal - enter the code that's on the baggie for verification. And yes - there is a very large counterfeit problem in the string market. And not just with our brand. Be careful out there!
  9. kenstee


    Oct 9, 2009
    Sound very counterfeit to me....enjoy them!