How to Spot a Fake Fender Strat in Seconds

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A human, wearing a Target shirt, inexplicably places his left thumb on the maple neck of a 2006 Fender Highway One Stratocaster.

At some point, Kennis Russell bought a used Stratocaster at his local guitar shop. Within a few seconds, however, Russell—a guitarist who provides backing tracks, gear demos and reviews on YouTube—realized it was a fake.

"Someone had rubbed off the Squier logo from the headstock and put a fake Fender waterslide on it," Russell says. "In this video I compare this fake Fender Strat to two 'real' U.S. Fender Strats, a Mexican Fender Strat and a Squier Strat. Here are the things I identified as a fake: truss-rod opening, bridge, serial number, headstock, logo, tuners and more."

Basically, if you have any doubts about a recent purchase—or if you just want to be prepared for the future—this video is a must-watch.

For more videos by Russell, be sure to drop in on his YouTube channel, which you'll see when or if you click on these highlighted words.

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The funny thing is I've started to see 'real' U.S. Fender Strats being passed off as early (1982) Japanese JV Squier guitars because an early JV Squier, particularly first edition models are now considered to be some of the best Strats made since Fender were sold to CBS in 1965.

This one was sold for $4,500:!.php Mine is insured for $7,500.

If you see anything with a headstock decal that looks like this (big Fender, small Squier logo) then you a probably looking at a very good guitar with a lot of investment potential... assuming it's not a fake made in the USA :p:giggle: