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Firebird - real or fake?

 
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MaxS
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Joined: 25 Feb 2018
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 25, 2018 9:10 am    Post subject: Firebird - real or fake? Reply with quote

Hello!
I have a chance to buy a used FBL-60 model for $200. The seller says that he bought it at a Japanese auction. Serial number: C090440. Is there a way to establish if this guitar was really made by Tokai? Is it a Korean make? Is it worth the price?

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Thanks.
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jonah65
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Joined: 16 Oct 2010
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 25, 2018 9:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well with that serial number it's obviously chinese, looks the part, but anyone can cut a bit of wood now to look like any guitar, spray, and add cheap electrics,
that's why it's $200. It will not play/sound like a firebird, but it will look like a firebird. I don't know your age or budget, but if you want a firebird, either get a real one, or the best possible copy,sorry,but it won't be a mass produced chinese one though.
Try going to a big guitar outlet, and try out loads of different guitars, believe me, when you find the right one, you'll know it!
Happy hunting.
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MaxS
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 27, 2018 3:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you for your input. I am a lefty which makes it impossible for me to go to a big guitar store and play all the guitars I want. Even the best stores usually carry only a small selection of left-handed guitars. But you are right, this guitar will probably be anything but Firebird.
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