COUNTERFEIT CHARVEL GUITARS AND PARTS

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AS A LONG TIME COLLECTOR AND OWNER OF VINTAGE ELECTRIC GUITARS I HAVE BEEN MOTIVATED TO WRITE THIS GUIDE BY THE NUMBER OF SO CALLED NEW OLD STOCK (NOS) OR VINTAGE GUITAR PARTS APPEARING ON EBAY.   A PARTICULAR MAKE BEING TARGETED IS CHARVEL (NOW OWNED BY FENDER -WHO SHOULD DO MORE).  EXAMPLES OF FAKE PARTS ARE:

1.    MODERN MASS PRODUCED CNC ROUTED BODIES (BARE OR PAINTED) BEING SOLD AS NOS SAN DIMAS / CHARVEL

2.    BRASS OR GOLD FENDER STYLE VINTAGE  BRIDGES BEING SOLD AS NOS SAN DIMAS / CHARVEL

3.    FENDER STRAT STYLE NECKS WITH OR WITHOUT A DODGY CHARVEL LOGO BEING SOLD AS EARLY 80S ORIGINAL CHARVEL SAN DIMAS NECKS

4.    STICK ON CHARVEL HEADSTOCK LOGOS - THERE ARE LOADS ABOUT MOST ARE INCORRECT IN SIZE OR LETTERING WHEN COMPARED TO THE ORIGINAL EARLY 80S LOGO I AM 99% SURE THERE ARE NO ORIGINAL WATERSLIDES ABOUT

5.    CHARVEL NECKPLATES SOME OF WHICH MAY BE ORIGINAL BUT MANY OF WHICH ARE NOT (THE SIZE AND THE FONT OF SOME OF THE LETTERING IS WRONG) 

6.   BITSA GUITARS (MUTTS IN THE USA) BEING SOLD AS PREPRO SAN DIMAS CHARVELS

THIS HAS BEEN HAPPENING FOR YEARS WITH PEOPLE PUTTING FENDER STRAT LOGOS ON SQUIRE NECKS BUT NOW YOU HAVE LARGE EBAY BUSINESSES JOINING IN BY SELLING PARTS WHICH HELP COUNTERFITTERS ASSEMBLE THEIR COPIES.    SUCH AS A MASSIVE GUITAR DEALER IN GERMANY TRADING ON EBAY WHO HAS BEEN SELLING CHARVEL NECKS, TREMOLOS  AND LOGOED NECK PLATES.   ALSO A NUMDER OF COMPANIES IN THE STATES SELLING FAKE CHARVEL LOGOS AND BODIES.

MOCKING UP A FAKE CHARVEL SAN DIMAS FOR PERSONAL USE IS NO PROBLEM IT IS WHEN THIS ITEM IS TRADED ON EBAY AS A GENUINE ITEM THAT THE PROBLEM OCCURS  

FINALLY SOME FAKE ITEMS HAD BEEN RELICED TO MAKE THEM LOOK 20+ YEARS OLD SO IF YOU SEE AN ITEM AND THE PHOTO IS SMALL AND FUZZY SO YOU CANNOT SEE ANY DETAIL ASK SPECIFIC QUESTIONS,  IF YOU MUST HAVE IT PAY WITH PAYPAL SO YOU CAN CLAIM YOUR MONEY BACK AND IF YOU ARE NOT ABSOLUTELY SURE AVOID IT. 

SEE  (GOOGLE SEARCH--AUDIOZONE,   JACKSONCHARVELWORLD,  USACHARVELS )  IF YOU WANT SOME INFO ABOUT CHARVELS.  YOU WILL SEE THAT THERE WERE NOT MANY PREPRO CHARVELS MADE SO THE LIKELIHOOD OF AN EU EBAY TRADER HAVING A SHEDLOAD IS UNLIKELY.  YOU KNOW THE ONE I MEAN THE ONE THAT DOES A SINGLE SMALL PHOTO OF THE GUITAR FROM THE BODY END SO THERE IS NO REAL DETAIL AND NO PHOTO OF THE HEADSTOCK.  THEY ARE BASED IN THE LAND OF THE LEATHER SHORTS.  GET PHOTOS CLOSE UP OF THE PARTS THERE ARE SOME FOR SALE NOW THAT ARE ADVERTISED WITH THE TAG PREPRO CHARVEL YET THERE IS NOT ANY CORROBORATING DETAIL IN THE PHOTOS, IN THE DETAILED EXPLANATION OR ANYWHERE ON THE NET.  FRANKLY MOST CHARVEL NERDS ARE 99% CONVINCED THESE ARE NOT GENUINE PREPROS.

IMO    MODELS 123456 ARE ALL STILL GREAT BUYS IF YOU WANTA POINTY HEADSTOCK ROCK GUITAR.  FUSIONS ARE GREAT IF YOU WANT THE SHORTER SCALE ( MY FAVOURITE SHREDDING TOOL).   THE SPECTRUM IS VASTLY UNDERATED AND I BOUGHT MY SECOND ONE OFF EBAY 3 WEEKS AGO FOR £94.  THE LATER CHARVELS WITH THE SPAGHETTI LOGO ARE JUST AS GOOD, SUCH AS THE 550 XL AND 650 XL.   THE HOLY GRAIL IF YOU CAN GET ONE IS THE 750XL PRO WIDELY REGARDED AS THE BEST CHARVEL EVER MADE AND PROBABLY ONE OF THE BEST FLOYD ROSE EQUIPPED GUITARS OF ALL TIME (LOOK AT AUDIOZONE ).

ME I LOVE THE SOUND OF AN ORIGINAL MODEL 6 THROUGH  A JCM 800 HEAD AND CAB IT'S THE SOUND OF ROCK

BUYER BEWARE 

SKEZ

19/5/09  AS AN EXTRA THERE ARE NOW APPEARING A LOT OF CHARVEL BITSA MODEL 3 NECKS ON MODEL 4 BODIES OR FIRST SERIES BODIES ON SECOND SERIES NECKS OR VICE VERSA.  I RECENTLY EMAILED A GUY WHO WAS ASKING £250 FOR AN OBVIOUS BITSA AND TOLD HIM THAT IT WAS A NECK BODY MISMATCH HE WAS NOT INTERESTED DID NOT PUT THE FACT ON HIS ADVERT AND CARRIED ON SELLING IT.

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