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Thread #139992   Message #3217499
Posted By: morning wood
03-Sep-11 - 06:22 AM
Thread Name: Buying a new Martin guitar
Subject: RE: Buying a new Martin guitar
Out of interest a while ago I purchased a fake Marti(a)n from tradetang.com in China. I got a fake D45 for approx 220 landed in the UK. Apart from a few finishing flaws, and the headstock wasn't square, it actually wasn't bad and certainly played ok out the box, but it was no Martin. The only thing missing at a glance to tell it wasn't a Martin is the internal labels or laser etching on the heal block. It had fake grover tuners etc. I think they're certainly good enough to catch the uninitiatted buying on Ebay or from a non-authorised source etc. And as more leak through (I think I contributed to that!) It'll get worse.

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