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