Fender Telecaster

Learn how to spot fakes with a 40 step guide

Created 2023-02-21 ©goVerify, Inc.

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40 point

1. Profile

Learn how to spot a fake Fender Telecaster with this detailed 40 point step-by-step guide by goVerify.

4. Box Logo

Make sure that the print of the black Fender logo, including the registered “R”, looks solid and sharp and that the correct typeface has been used.

11. Skunk Stripe

The skunk stripe on the back of a Fender Telecaster neck is a thin strip of walnut wood inlay that fills the truss rod channel. Since the instrument is usually constructed with lighter maple, the darkness of the inlay should stand out significantly. Note how flush it sits against the rest of the neck and how neatly and smoothly it’s been finished. Be aware that some Fender Telecasters built prior to 1980 may not have a skunk stripe.

20. Jack Socket

The Fender Telecaster silver metal jack socket is held in place by a hexagonal nut. Note the shape and the chrome finish of the well-machined mounting plate.

34. User Manual

The square, full-colour Fender user manual is printed on thick glossy paper. Make sure that the print of the Fender logo looks solid and sharp and that the correct typeface has been used. Check that the manual is the same size as the authenticity card.

Retail Box
Box Logo
String Tree
Truss Rod Hole
Tuning Pegs
Serial Number
Headstock Logo
Skunk Stripe
Fret Detail
Strap Button
Tone Knobs
Pickup Selector Switch
Pickguard Film
Jack Socket
Rear View
Neck Plate
Guitar Case
Case Logo
Case Handle
Case Swing Tags
Case Lock
Case Interior
Case Inside Label
Internal Compartment
Compartment Pull Tab
Authenticity Card
Authenticity Card Detail
User Manual
Quality Control Tag
Setup Guide
Allen Keys
Ashtray Bridge Cover

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