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Fender Custom Shop PJ - Fake or not?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by DanikDarko, Sep 6, 2016.

  1. I'm up late at night and I stumble upon this -

    Fender Bass Guitar (Made in America) with Case

    Looks like a Fender Custom Shop PJ (looks like it has EMG's on it and a 9v battery compartment in the back suggests active electronics) with a ridiculous price tag (roughly 335 USD).

    I need someone to slap me across the face and say one of two things -

    Option A - You're a dufus and that's a fake.
    Option B - Get it before someone else does, douche.

    The bass is in another city so checking it out in person will be difficult.
    I haven't gotten in touch with the seller yet as I spotted the ad 5 minutes back. My gut told me to trust the experience available on this forum to help validate its authenticity.
    I will get in touch with the seller ASAP to get better pictures of the instrument so that it's easier to distinguish.

    Thanks in advance!
  2. peterpalmieri

    peterpalmieri Supporting Member

    Apr 19, 2005
    Babylon, NY
    That is an unknown bass with Fender Custom Shop sticker on the back of the head stock
  3. Tanner5382


    Sep 26, 2010
    Canton, GA
  4. DiabolusInMusic

    DiabolusInMusic Functionless Art is Merely Tolerated Vandalism Supporting Member

    That is not a Fender product.
    Aqualung60 and Laklandfan like this.
  5. drums1977


    Mar 31, 2008
    Stay away from that bass, it's haunted.
    pholli00 and TomCuervo like this.
  6. Gorn


    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    Flaked Beans and coreyfyfe like this.
  7. inanimate_carb


    Aug 11, 2016
    Fake. Also looks like it might be infested by termites. I'm not a luthier or an exterminator so I can't be sure.
    TomCuervo, Aqualung60 and drums1977 like this.
  8. ThudThudThud


    Jun 4, 2010
    Best case scenario is a lefty CS neck on someone else's Frankenstein.
  9. You can clearly see they placed a fake Fender water slide decal directly on the finish and didn't even try blend it in or apply a clear coat afterwards. If you're gonna buy this, I'll sell you an awesome Fender P-Bass, made in Indonesia for the same price with the Fender decal blended in nicely. LOL
    pholli00 likes this.
  10. johnson79


    Jan 8, 2010
    Lancaster, PA
    Fakey McFakerson
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  11. Bass'd on a true story

    Bass'd on a true story

    Jun 28, 2015
    While that is definitely fake, the sum of those parts are still worth something around 200ish. Nice tuners and pickups (though that routing job looks like a trench on D-Day...).

    It might still be a decent bass.
  12. gsquare

    gsquare Pedal Breeders' BIGBoardClub#104;CabronitaClub#8 Supporting Member

    Jun 16, 2012
    Peoria, AZ
    At first I thought that might be an early eighties "special" body with a J route added, but the battery compartment was in a different place, I think. Yeah, pretty sure none of this came from an American Fender factory, or maybe any other Fender factory for that matter.
  13. RiZzBot

    RiZzBot Drunk + bass + broken strap locks = :'( Supporting Member

    Nov 23, 2014
    210, Texas
    Option A.
  14. bassrich


    Nov 20, 2011
    Sarasota, FL
    I am not familiar with the export versions but it all looks wrong. Option A
  15. Flaked Beans

    Flaked Beans

    Sep 9, 2005

  16. SanDiegoHarry

    SanDiegoHarry Banned Supporting Member

    Aug 11, 2008
    San Diego, CA
    way fake.
    TomCuervo and Flaked Beans like this.
  17. moshspeggeti


    Aug 5, 2013
    The tuners, the stickers, the neckplate... all so wrong.
  18. SonnyBassPlayer


    Nov 29, 2013
    It's the fakest fake non-Fender I've even fake seen.
  19. Bob Clayton

    Bob Clayton Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Aug 14, 2001
    Philly Suburbs
    As others have said, it's so fake it's not even a question. I knew immediately and I'm not even a huge fender guy.

    Offer him half the asking price as it's not even worth close to what they're asking.
  20. Custom shop this?? Ah ah ah ...

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