There's been a marked increase in the number of counterfeit guitars we've been seeing at Backstage Music in recent years. One recent one looked pretty valid at 20 feet, but the closer it got, the more apparent it was that this Gibson Les Paul was neither a Gibson, nor a Les Paul. Spotting fakes takes a bit detective work, and a bit of construction detail knowledge. There's no definitive guide to spotting what form a fake will take, so what we have to do in order to spot fakes is have a high degree of familiarity with the details of...
Worn out frets can make an otherwise great guitar a pitiful thing. Fret buzz, rattle, intonation problems, hair loss (maybe not hair loss) can all result from badly worn frets. The 'before' photo above shows badly worn frets. This guitar had been played so much that the first 12 frets all had grooves like those shown here, and the guitar was pretty much unplayable.
I'd guess everyone has run into those little white pouches of silica gel. They are included in the shipping materials with electronics and anything else that could be damaged by too much humidity. This is especially true if the item has been shipped across the ocean, such as, say, guitars and other wood instruments.
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