07-06-2013 09:27 PM - edited 07-06-2013 09:44 PM
I bought a new Yamaha Guitar and When you look inside the guitar hole it looks like the model number is written by hand. Can you please tell me if this one is a fake one or not? I bought this for $125. The number written on it cannot be found on Yamaha website
I have attached a pic below. Thanks!
07-07-2013 06:31 AM
07-07-2013 12:13 PM - edited 07-07-2013 12:13 PM
That flower logo on the headstock and the cutaway would indicate a fairly new model. And yet the sticker indicating it was made in Japan would indicate an older model. And that model number is an enigma. And the dreadnought shape is unusual for a Yamaha in the US. It certainly doesn't look like any Yammie I've ever seen. Fake? Sure looks like it, but I couldn't say for sure. Why would anyone fake an inexpensive guitar?
More info would help. Where did you buy it.? Is it supposed to be new, or is it used?
07-07-2013 01:22 PM
I'm thinking it's a real Yamaha, but maybe a not so "inexpensive" model and the seller just didn't know it. The plot thickens. C'mon, lemonstar......give us some more info.
07-07-2013 02:05 PM
07-07-2013 02:31 PM
Yamaha builds a gazillion of models that are not meant for the US or UK/European market. Lots of stuff being made for the "JDM" - as car buffs would say.
This one is medium cheap as it does not have a bound headstock and the flower inlay. It has the bigger dots, though. What baffles me a bit is the "Martin-esque" bridge. Usually the Yammies had their own - slightly different - style.
And, btw it is MIJ FOR Yamaha, nor BY Yamaha, this indicates it's not one of the top-of-the-line guitars.
So my guess is low- to midrange JDM Yammie...
And - btw - faking quality inlay work as the Yammie script and the flower inlay on a already finished guitar - including the refinish - would be more than 125 bucks worth. And, frankly, I can not imagine some squiggly Chinese faking a Yammie of equal or less value than his own, unbranded instrument. Makes no sense at all. Like turning a used Camaro into a Firebird. Not worth the hassle.
07-11-2013 08:39 AM
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