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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 11-08-2018, 01:29 PM Thread Starter
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Gio Ibanez Fake?

Hey Guys, was looking to buy this Gio ibanez for only 150 but not sure if it's fake. I know fakes are pretty common with online sales with sites like eBay but i was wondering if any of you could help? Thanks
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 11-08-2018, 03:01 PM
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It's a real Gio, like a Squier is real.
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How do you know though?
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post #4 of 9 (permalink) Old 11-08-2018, 07:23 PM
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Because no-one would bother to fake a cheap Chinese guitar. Only expensive American and Japanese guitars get faked.
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post #5 of 9 (permalink) Old 11-09-2018, 01:32 PM Thread Starter
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From my understanding squier guitars get faked all the time and they're not expensive at all? Just trying to be sure before i get a guitar. Thanks
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post #6 of 9 (permalink) Old 11-10-2018, 08:53 AM
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Re: Gio Ibanez Fake?

If you are really concerned about it, ask for a high resolution pic of the front and back, especially the back of the headstock. You could do an image search online of that model front and back and closely compare the hardware and other features of both. There could be cheaper hardware, the font/size of the serial number and other text could be different, etc.

Based on a quick search, it looks like it would be a GART60. I saw a couple pictures with the off-white pickup rings so that could have come on older models. The ones now seem to all have black pickup rings.
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Re: Gio Ibanez Fake?

The cream rings are correct to match the binding on this earlier model.
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post #8 of 9 (permalink) Old 08-04-2019, 06:21 PM
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Re: Gio Ibanez Fake?

I look through Ebay and Reverb for used guitars all the time. Have for years. I have never really seen "fake" Squier guitars. I have seen people trying to pass other guitars that are OBVIOUSLY not Squiers off as Squiers, or pass an Affinity line Squier off as a Vintage Modified version. Gio line Ibanez guitars are not much over 170 anyway. I agree that I don't see why someone would bother to make a copy of one. I personally think that the Gio line is too close to the border between a novelty item and a real guitar that will be playable for years. For close to 200 dollars, you can find used Ibanez RG450's or RG421's on Ebay all the time. Those are great playing guitars, especially after a little finish sanding on the neck and fret ends, and maybe a pickup swap.
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