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moroneyk
04-10-2008, 07:45 AM
I recently bought this from a chinese website, Its a fake, but at least it was cheap.

http://flickr.com/photos/25500318@N04/show/with/2401409432/

Its the first fake Paul Reed Smith I've seen, anyone else had similar experiences with fake PRS's?

By the way, the guitar sounds pretty good, but was badly wired and badly set up.

The bird inlays are crappy transparent plastic. The bridge is marked wilkinson but i doubt if it is really.

Tuners are marked grover but appear to be painted plastic!

After a bit of tinkering its now quite playable and reasonable for the price paid US $200.

Kevin

webbtje
04-10-2008, 07:52 AM
Pray, how do you know it's real?

And if it's badly wired, I'm pretty sure it isn't.

Y00p
04-10-2008, 07:54 AM
Pray, how do you know it's real?

And if it's badly wired, I'm pretty sure it isn't.
Best reread that post of his. ;)

What exactly did you pay, TS?
It doesn't look TOO bad, really...

moroneyk
04-10-2008, 07:57 AM
I paid $ 200 plus $ 70 shipping, with the strong euro exchange rate that makes EUR 170.

Can anyone identlify what type of wood its made from ( clearly visible at the back of the guitar - doesn't appear to be plywood)

Y00p
04-10-2008, 07:59 AM
I paid $ 200 plus $ 70 shipping, with the strong euro exchange rate that makes EUR 170.
That is really cheap... how's the wood? Is it somewhat nice, or just cheap plywood?

moroneyk
04-10-2008, 08:01 AM
I think it might be alder? not sure though

Mazzakazza
04-10-2008, 08:02 AM
I'd make a guess at maple or alder, if it's not plywood...

.:Darkness:.
04-10-2008, 08:16 AM
It looks... crooked? And whats the 'flamed maple' top? Is it fake flamed maple or (:O) Real?

H4T3BR33D3R
04-10-2008, 08:19 AM
Nice buy I guess.

It looks off though. People will be able to tell it's fake so don't try to pass it off as a real one 'kay? :p:

moroneyk
04-10-2008, 09:23 AM
LOL, no chance of passing it for a real one (I would not try anyway). The flamed top does not seem to be real, is there any way of knowing for certain?

PS: The neck is not crooked, its perfectly straight

Simsimius
04-10-2008, 09:41 AM
You can loads of cheap PRS copies at thomann (not fake, so the wood is real, etc.):

Cheap PRS copy (http://www.thomann.de/gb/harley_benton_duke_100_amb.htm)

ibanez4life SZ!
04-10-2008, 09:46 AM
First PRS copy I've seen that actually got the body pretty close. Like mentioned before, it seems a bit lopsided. The headstock is WAY off, as usual.

jj1565
04-10-2008, 10:00 AM
eek, on that body and top.

by the time the hardware is upgraded, you probably could have gotten a nice used PRS.

Tackleberry
04-10-2008, 10:03 AM
If people would stop buying the cheap chinese copies they would stop selling them. Still dont know why its cheaper to buy a crappy copy then upgrade everything on the guitar. Its funny if the chinese put the effort into making the knockoffs into their own brand of real guitars they might actually make a decent guitar.

Simonwalker
04-10-2008, 10:23 AM
If people would stop buying the cheap chinese copies they would stop selling them. Still dont know why its cheaper to buy a crappy copy then upgrade everything on the guitar. Its funny if the chinese put the effort into making the knockoffs into their own brand of real guitars they might actually make a decent guitar.
In my country it is cheaper as the PRS Signlecut SE and PRS Custom SE both cost about 1200 bucks.

Green_Jelly
04-10-2008, 10:25 AM
Guess they never heard of bookmatching. :p:

This (http://www.musicstore.de/is-bin/INTERSHOP.enfinity/WFS/MusicStore-MusicStoreShop-Site/nl_NL/-/NLG/ViewProductDetail-Start;pgid=?SKU=GIT0002256-004&ProductUUID=0&JumpTo=OfferList) is how you copy a PRS. :)

Hakael
04-10-2008, 10:26 AM
No offense, but I don't think I would've even considered it considering the way it looks.

It just looks like it wasn't "finished." Too rough, and not refined. It just doesn't look right to me.

SteveBeginner
04-10-2008, 10:28 AM
I've got a PRS copy.

Korzack
04-10-2008, 12:20 PM
TBH for a cheap fake cninese knock-off of a PRS, it's pretty solid. :haha it's not like someone's just written the logo on with gold pen like a mate of mine's done on his cheap LP copy:p:

DieKrupps
04-10-2008, 12:41 PM
looks very fake to me,

and if it is real its the worst PRS i have ever seen in my life.

looks garbage

Tomaz24
04-10-2008, 01:03 PM
Almost as bad as my Vintage PRS copy.

Y00p
04-10-2008, 01:06 PM
looks very fake to me,

and if it is real its the worst PRS i have ever seen in my life.

looks garbage
Read the thread, there is no question wheter or not it's fake or not.

JohnnyPaul
04-10-2008, 02:03 PM
it looked pretty nice until i read about the plastic stuff haha.