#1
howdy all,
i bought some guitars on the net. had a problem with one and took it to the doc ( a guitar shop).
they told me it was an imitation from china.......naturally i was distressed! however, i took it to another shop for a second opinion and they didnt say anything. i asked them what they thought of the guitar and they said it plays nice and sounds good.

the more i look at the guitar and read about information on the net it does seem like a chinese ripoff....BUT - it sounds good sand plays well.

but ultimately - how can i tell if it is a chinese rip off???????

i live in spain and in a very humid part. i was told that ..eventually ...the guitar was fall to peices.......im just confused with so much different info!

can someone please help and guide me!
thanks for your time
#2
Check the serial number, that's probably the most surefire way to find out.

Also, you could post pictures here so we could maybe ID it too?
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#3
Check the serial #

what kind of guitar was it?
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#6
it was a few actually, was embarressed to say. one was a 1972 yamaha ,sg type...i will post the photos later today. another was a bc rich................
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#7
What problem did you have with it that required you to take it to two different shops?
#9
it just felt a bit strange, the wood,etc......im not experienced in these things.
BUT i was told by a few people that the wood was normal on it as its a very old guitar.

i took it to a shop because i wanted to fit some new humbuckers on it. i have this idea of a vintage guitar with emgs....im a thrash fan. this is when one said the guitar was a fake /copy/china imitation. so i went for a second opinion and they said - it was all fine and in good working order.
i hesitated to get the emgs fit in as i would have to pay.....and i really want to clarify things about his guitar
#10
Looks awesome regardless, do you have any headstock pictures?
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#14
I think what they meant is that it's a knock-off of the sg design, but even that doesn't make sense as it hardly resembles one and I've never heard of anybody faking a yamaha or a guitar disintegrating for that matter so I wouldn't worry about what they think too much.
#15
thats 99% not a fake.
First of all nobody fakes yamahas, and second it just looks pretty quality.
The shop is most likely wrong, enjoy your guitar!
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#16
Nar that looks real enough but its an unusual model definitely that might be why they were confused, you want to keep it in its case or in a room with a dehumidifier (if such a thing exists) because its possible that lots of moisture could warp the guitar in some way but I didnt think spain was particularly humid.
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#17
I agree with the above, it's most likely genuine and may I say that while I'm not a big fan of Yamahas OR SGs, that looks very nice. Don't worry about that guitar, what about the rest?
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#19
Some helpful info here, thanks!
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#20
good info thanks, guys...the other guitar was a bc rich, i think i mentioned this above. but i read that bc richs are also made in china...so im ok with that.
i guess if im gonna pay 200 bucks im gonna expect a china made guitar. the yamaha cost me more.
#22
That's a pretty sweet looking yamaha- can't say I've seen one of those. I would check the serial number if there is one. You can always go to their web site or contact them, give them the serial # and they should be able to tell you where it was made and when.
#23
serial numbers mean absolutely nothing. it would be easy to put a genuine serial number on a fake guitar.

i don't know why so many people think that serial numbers prove anything.
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