Gumby Santana headstock shape
Forget the rest of the guitar, just looking at the inlay work or the quality of the top you can tell.
This is what they tried:
'96 CE-24 with Bird Inlays - VY | '91 CE-24 (road warrior) - VS | '06 SC Artist - Blue Matteo Satin | '12 Tremonti SE Custom | MESA Roadster
Again I wonder...
Are we educating the counterfeiters?
I'm not suggesting we kill this conversation but it sure begs the question.
The question begs.............................. What if I made a couple thousand of these myself & tried to sell them?
Fanboy of the Jester (AKA) James (Previously known as 11top)
I think we gotta face the facts. One day in the near future, it's going to be very difficult to tell a real PRS from a Chinese copy by looking at photographs like these (lower res, shots of the whole guitar, no detail).
You just gotta get them in your hands, check the balance, check the feel, twiddle the knobs, plug it in... Buy from reputable dealers/sellers, use protection services like paypal (although not foolproof). Buying unseen off CL (or Gumtree for us Aussies) is just pot luck.
Good thing there is great customer service, plus an official PRS forum (with some members who know a scary amount about PRSes!) to help authenticate guitars of dubious origins.
Ha I just thought of one of those "Real or Fake" surveys!
Something also looks weird about the pickup placement and especially the angle of the bridge pickup, the tuning machines' "PRS" letters on the back are very poorly done, the headstock shape is wrong, where the headstock meets the neck is shaped wrong, placement of the controls is wrong, switch is wrong, pickup surrounds are wrong, jack plate is wrong, knobs are wrong color, eagle inlay is wrong, and of course the dragon inlay itself looks like it was done with toilet seat material, and is pretty inartistic.
Live and learn.
It's very hard to police this kind of thing, and the Chinese government has shown little interest in protecting US copyrights and trademarks. But that guitar is so poorly done that it shouldn't fool anyone into thinking it's real, unless they've never inspected a real PRS.
Last edited by LSchefman; 11-19-2012 at 11:18 PM.