- Jun 18, 2012
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I think that a great deal of this phenomenon comes from the fact that these aren't built one at a time. The counterfeit pieces (necks and bodies) are probably produced in pretty high volume. Rather than scrap the lot (once they figure out where they missed the mark) they make 'em and sell 'em, knowing full well the flaws. Next time, the parts are a little more accurate and so on and so on.
The keys to their "success" are: 1) cheap parts (cheap raw materials fashioned into parts via high volume manufacturing) and 2) low labor costs (i.e. as little human interaction with the product as possible (in addition to low statutory wages)). This second part is what makes it possible for us to still spot the fakes. There will come a time when this will be quite difficult for us to do, without getting our hands on the guitar and fully vetting it.
Honestly, I've seen some fakes that had people vexed for a time if they were real or not.
There are some very good looking ones out there.