Hmm, pickup spacing seems to be one of those areas worth looking at. The fakes differ from the real ones in this area at times - certainly with the JPM above, the bridge pu is also a bit closer to the neck, and the 10th too.
You're right about the vine inlay on the fake 10th. It's hard to tell in those pics, but I wonder if neck binding dimensions would be another area where it would be possible to make a distinction.
Im entirely certain that if you bust out the micrometer, you'll find note worthy differences... but who really does that? lol That said; sure plenty of fakes make you question if the makers even have working eyeballs, but some will absolutely "pass" to most everyone. I just hope people realize that fakes dont necessarily have to be "obvious" any more.
i know i know, JEM site, not PRS site but this should be a powerful example
As Ive shown already, the one on the left is the fake one... just by cursory look over, its not wrong.
If you take a moment and look at some details it becomes more and more glaringly obvious that its fake. Theres a LOT of quality issues with it, albeit less noticeable ones.
Then people thing pieces of paper mean the guitar is real or a signature is real just because it looks the same ...
This is actually one of the more "obvious" ones Ive seen. The tuners are completely wrong and they wrote "USA ONLY" for some reason? (If thats a "thing" lemme know, I'm not a super big PRS guy)
But I think I've figured out something, but I want to make sure Im right first. Should be a fool proof way to at least exclude a guitar.
oh yeah, someone mentioned never seeing a fake with a maple stripe inlay... well here you go