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    Is my Tele a real Fender?

    As the title says, I have a Fender Telecaster that says it’s made in Korea, I’ve ran it in the Fender and Squire serial decoders and it comes back as a Fender. So what I’m trying to figure out is if it’s a Squire or a Fender and if it’s considered good quality.
    “Serial number:
    06091759
    Production year: 1988 - 1996 (serial on headstock)
    Made by Samick, Korea”


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    Re: Is my Tele a real Fender?

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    Re: Is my Tele a real Fender?

    I see them. My first reaction when I saw the first photo is that the headstock was off. But it could just be the angle. And I don't know the differences between different Tele models; if it looks good and plays even better, that's all that counts for me!
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    Re: Is my Tele a real Fender?

    My money is on fake....
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    Re: Is my Tele a real Fender?

    Quote Originally Posted by BobbyMac View Post
    My money is on fake....
    Squiers vary greatly because they are built by bid from low-cost-region suppliers. Some of the Core-Tek built Squiers are really nice guitars, some of the others not-so-much. That said, it would say "Squier" on the headstock. I'm npt aware of any Fender-branded guitars being built in Korea, but as flakey as Fender has become who knows?
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