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FrankiePRS
06-27-2012, 08:41 AM
Can anything be done to prevent this crap? What is this thing anyway? Shawn?

http://www.ebay.com/itm/PRS-DAVE-NAVARRO-Electric-Guitar-w-Birds-Inlays-MINTY-/120937058187?pt=Guitar&hash=item1c28690f8b#ht_5833wt_1180

themike
06-27-2012, 09:31 AM
Looks like a chinese knockoff with a new paint spot and ashetitics. Definitely not a PRS nor even an SE. I tihnk the only thing we can do is be educated as a community and report the auctions to eBay whenever we see them in our travels.

Shawn@PRS
06-27-2012, 09:55 AM
It looks as though Paul signed the front of that headstock... with a crayon... and his left hand! :)

Fighting against these importers is difficult, but we continue the battle. If anyone happens to see something that appears to be a fake, we certainly appreciate receiving a heads up

rugerpc
06-27-2012, 11:05 AM
The tuners are obviously wrong - what else is a give away that things aren't as they should be?

sergiodeblanc
06-27-2012, 12:48 PM
Headstock, volute, pickups, price. Thanks for posting this here Frankie, I don't know why it didn't occur to me that this was something that might interest PRS. I noticed the ad got pulled from Ebay.

gmvh
09-25-2013, 02:21 PM
Look at this!

http://www.ebay.com/itm/PRS-Custom-22-1992-pre-factory-electric-guitar-w-birds-inlays-excellent-w-case-/111174939614?pt=Guitar&hash=item19e28af3de

Spikedog007
09-26-2013, 03:46 PM
The one Frankie linked appears to be gone but the one gmvh linked is a little too close for comfort.

LSchefman
09-26-2013, 04:38 PM
Yeah, the second link is definitely a fake. What is WITH people to try this BS?

carpincowboy
09-26-2013, 04:49 PM
No prs fakes but it shows your u how they do.


http://youtu.be/-4CxbwgdxXk

ElrytNamrogo
09-26-2013, 05:05 PM
Look at this!

http://www.ebay.com/itm/PRS-Custom-22-1992-pre-factory-electric-guitar-w-birds-inlays-excellent-w-case-/111174939614?pt=Guitar&hash=item19e28af3de

I came across this one too....look at the trem-cavity cover. You'd have to take it off to change any strings.

justmund
09-26-2013, 05:11 PM
I don't think the seller of that 2nd one even knows he has a fake. It is quite deceptive from first glance, if you didn't know what to look for, I can see people being suckered by that one!

blaren
09-26-2013, 08:07 PM
REPORT IT!!!
I just did.

Tim
09-26-2013, 08:23 PM
It can be brazen... At NAMM one of the actual booths downstairs was a knock-off importer of all the guitars on the upper floors. They had PRS fakes and Ibanez Jem fakes actually hanging up at the front of their booth...... AT NAMM!!!

LSchefman
09-26-2013, 10:42 PM
Sellers of knockoffs are subject to injunctions and seizures of goods that violate trademark laws if they are trying to "pass off" counterfeit goods. Believe it or not, the tobacco companies go from city to city inspecting and getting court orders and US Marshals to do seizures all the time, as counterfeit cigarettes are very big business, especially in the inner cities. And the penalties for passing counterfeit goods are very stiff, including "per item" fines, etc.

If, however, they aren't trying to pass off the trademarked name, it gets a little more difficult to do a seizure, however, the courts will enjoin a knockoff even without the name, etc., if a trademark violation is proven. Of course, courts are a time-consuming and expensive process. Still, trademark owners have to enforce their trademarks vigorously to protect them from stuff like this. And this is why, for example, bird inlays and dragons, and things down to the scoop near the high frets of a certain manufacturer we all love are registered.

If the owner of the mark does not enforce it, the owner can actually lose the benefit of registering the trademark.

China is notorious for failing to crack down on counterfeits, and allowing forged goods. It's a huge problem for software, recordings, and trade goods of all kinds.

hippietim
09-27-2013, 10:08 AM
I'm just glad that my favorite PRS is not a fake.

http://i1194.photobucket.com/albums/aa370/hippietim/Guitars/NotPRS%20Billy%20Gibbons/temporary-11.jpg (http://s1194.photobucket.com/user/hippietim/media/Guitars/NotPRS%20Billy%20Gibbons/temporary-11.jpg.html)

crgtr
09-27-2013, 10:32 AM
I'm just glad that my favorite PRS is not a fake.

http://i1194.photobucket.com/albums/aa370/hippietim/Guitars/NotPRS%20Billy%20Gibbons/temporary-11.jpg (http://s1194.photobucket.com/user/hippietim/media/Guitars/NotPRS%20Billy%20Gibbons/temporary-11.jpg.html)
I LOVE that gtr!!

carpincowboy
09-27-2013, 12:38 PM
Its on ebay. Lots of mullah

hippietim
09-27-2013, 01:06 PM
Its on ebay. Lots of mullah

That one is in my basement.

megaboogie
09-27-2013, 03:47 PM
The second seller obviously is a music store of some sorts, over 2000 transactions with 99% feedback.
I can't believe they can't even distinguish a fake one from the real ones.

Shawn@PRS
09-27-2013, 04:51 PM
The second seller obviously is a music store of some sorts, over 2000 transactions with 99% feedback.
I can't believe they can't even distinguish a fake one from the real ones.

As with most Chinese knock-offs, something is fishy.

Spikedog007
09-28-2013, 03:23 PM
The second seller obviously is a music store of some sorts, over 2000 transactions with 99% feedback.
I can't believe they can't even distinguish a fake one from the real ones.

Good point, you would think the music stores would klnow better but then again, I just spoke to a guy at (the big store) who told me the ME quatro he has for sale has a private stock top and a brazillain rosewood neck. And that was the 'guitar' manager. Buyer beware!

Tazboy
09-28-2013, 03:27 PM
It is sad indeed. I have reported the fake Cu22 to eBay as a counterfeit and also contacted the seller in a nice manner. I hope the listing gets pulled before an innocent unknowing buyer gets taken.