Knock off instruments

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by bassundergrace, Jun 19, 2020.

  1. I spent some time on aliexpress yesterday looking for a pandoras box arcade game, then searched for bass guitar and was absolutely disturbed by the number of exact copy fender, musicman, fodera, sadowsky, mayonnes, and other major brands. If you have never owned one of these instruments how would you even know if you were passed a fake on a trade? This makes me want to take a much harder look at second hand instruments in general.
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  2. Beej


    Feb 10, 2007
    Vancouver Island
    I can't count the amount of times I've seen instrument pics on aliexpress that were actually edited pics from the actual manufacturer of the real thing.

    A guy I know ordered a Les Paul, and what came looked relatively real, but it wasn't really passable either if you had the first clue. The fit and finish just isn't there...
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  3. That makes me feel a bit better.
  4. Gorn


    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    I bet a good amount of people get fooled by fakes. I'd think there are more ignorant bass buyers out there than knowledgeable ones.
  5. Ghastly


    Oct 18, 2015
    Mill Valley
    Simple. To directly answer your question, if you buy from an established, reputable dealer, say Sweetwater, Sam Ash, etc. etc... you are guaranteed to get the real thing. The flip side, if you're looking on alliexpress, one should assume it's an inferior knock off. If buying used, make sure you have lots of photos to examine. NOT 3 or 4 stock photos.
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  6. JRA

    JRA my words = opinion Gold Supporting Member

    i've never purchased a "fake" but i'm thinking that a lot of newbies and posers wouldn't care. also: there are several
    TB members (who purport to have played for years) who don't/didn't care about the fakery...they got what they wanted: a cheap look-a-like.

    good luck getting a real "pandoras box arcade game" from aliexpress. :thumbsup:
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  7. I'm a 90's kid, US $173.99 42% OFF|IYO Pandora Box 3D WiFi 4018 In 1 Full Sanwa Joystick Buttons Controller 134pcs 3D Games Save Function Retro Arcade Console|Coin Operated Games| - AliExpress
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  8. buldog5151bass

    buldog5151bass Kibble, milkbones, and P Basses. And redheads.

    Oct 22, 2003
    If the price looks to good to be true...
  9. Killing Floor

    Killing Floor Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2020
    Austin, TX
    Anything under $350 is a good price for a Ken Smith. Am I right?
  10. JRA

    JRA my words = opinion Gold Supporting Member

  11. JW56789

    JW56789 Guest

    Feb 18, 2017
    I'm STILL sick I missed out on those $499 Bosendorfer grand pianos with free shipping. Whaddya gonna do?
  12. bolophonic


    Dec 10, 2009
    Durham, NC
  13. gebass6

    gebass6 We're not all trying to play the same music. Supporting Member

    For years many on TB have extolled the virtues of hundreds of Fender look a likes.
    Why is this any different?