06-19-2012 01:17 PM
Man, they will copy just about anything I guess. I never thought I had to worry about fake strings.
But we also want to mention that we're seeing a growing rate of FAKE strings in the marketplace.
06-19-2012 07:09 PM
Thank you Don, I responded to the PM. It is disheartening to learn that of all things, now guitar strings are being copied too. I did check out the playreal site and the strings I have are real D'Addarios. Nonetheless, I want to ensure it is known that I wasn't at all suggesting that D'Addario is at fault for this or that they have a shoddy product. I've been playing D'Addario strings since the 1980s and have always been happy with them. This is the first time I ever questioned a set, and after reading this thread I'm not entirely convinced that the strings are the problem. We'll see what happens when I put on another new set. If it matters, the price tag that the music store put on has a sequence of "12/2/10" which might be the date they got them. I must also note that I didn't check the little baggy for a perfect seal before ripping it open. Maybe it got a small puncture in it at some point, who knows. It's long gone now, so I can't look at it again. Meanwhile, thanks to everyone (and especially Don) for their input on this thread. I appreciate it. :thu:
Just a comment further to this thread - our strings are sealed in a baggie that is designed to inhibit corrosion and prevent moisture from reaching the strings. With regard to the OP's comment of stale strings - anything is possible as far as getting a bad string and we will stand behind our product 100%. I sent a PM to the OP to see about replacing the set in question. But we also want to mention that we're seeing a growing rate of FAKE strings in the marketplace. Please be aware that if you purchase strings from online auction sites or other places where you're not 100% sure of it's pedigree (so to speak), you'll want to verify that what you've purchased is actually D'Addario product - you can enter the code from the inside baggie here --> www.daddario.com/playreal - this is inform you as to whether or not the product you've purchase is real. If it turns out that it is not, you will also receive instructions on how you can get the product back to us. We're are doing our best to fight this and obviously, it's not an easy battle but one worth fighting.
06-19-2012 07:42 PM
we're seeing a growing rate of FAKE strings in the marketplace.
06-19-2012 08:14 PM
Well, strings do sell more than the guitars or other accessories. It's as much about how much you can sell in a given time period as it is profit per sale. Yeah, they are not making as much per sale but they are selling more and strings are cheaper and easier to produce than instruments. And given the brand equity D'addario has, I'm not surprised someone is trying to make a dishonest buck off them. And to the OP, even if the strings do go stale it does little to the taste.
Fake strings?? Really?? Is it really worth someone investing the time and effort faking an item that normally sells for under £5.00? Now, Bass strings and strings like Thomastik Jazz Roundwound & Flatwound I can see the possible profit in faking them but not on the standard run of the mill bread and butter strings that most of us use... and just how do they get them into the "food chain" so that we unwittingly buy them? Do tell more on this subject please, I'm now very interested. Cheers J_N.
06-19-2012 08:24 PM
06-19-2012 11:08 PM
06-19-2012 11:18 PM
The same way counterfeit guitars find their way onto ebay and other internet sites; fake strings are aplenty too. Luckily they're easy to avoid, just make sure to buy your strings through authorized retailers. I get my Elixirs through juststrings.com and they're as real as can be.
But this can only be limited to people you've never heard of selling "bulk strings" on FleaBay dirt cheap, surely there's no way they can get into the music shops and reputable string outlets? Cheers J_N.
06-20-2012 01:20 AM
Fake strings, wow! Some people will stoop to any level for a buck. I bet I know what country they originate from too.
As far as strings going stale? Yes they certainly can. They get soggy in milk too.
06-20-2012 06:32 AM
06-20-2012 05:56 PM
But that was in comparison to the old strings you took off the guitar and not a set of "new" strings.
I recently put Martin acoustic strings on a guitar...they were leftover from my store which I closed in 1982. They looked a bit tarnished, but sounded new.
06-21-2012 08:36 AM
06-21-2012 08:42 AM
06-21-2012 02:00 PM
Is it not the case that the majority of strings are now made in the same few plants, since sales volumes per brand do not support individual factories?
Bad batches are more likely than bad brands in that case.
06-21-2012 05:26 PM
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