So at this place we like to give out a warning as there are always also faked guitars around, trying to be sold as "real rarities". Very often these are gypsyjazz-models of the famous luthier Favino (but all the same Selmer- or Busato-Guitars), beeing offered on the Internet.
Sometimes they are beeing offered just as "Django-guitar" another time "original old Favino of Jacques Favino", as well as "original Selmer" oder "Busato"...
As these guitars are, according to their age and rarity, beeing sold for high prices starting from 4-digit prices for Favinos or to up to 5-digits when talking about Busatos or even open-end-prices when it comes to rare Selmers - always depending on their state and age of course - there are always criminal tricksters that want to make their business from these facts.
But if one really knows about the details and facts of old Gypsyjazz-guitars, one also may distinguish faked guitars from the real originals, as there are lots of details that make it possible to determin if such an instrument is really original or not.
As a good example for faked guitars here we show an obviously faked Favino-guitar which has been on sale in 2008 for about 6.500.- € (image left) offered as a rare Favino-model built in 1982. At first this guitar has been offered thru eBay, after a while beeing offered thru the private website of the "owner".
Additionally here we show another impressing example of a faked Busato (image right) which also had been offered on the internet thru eBay in 2010. And the more we have another example of a faked Selmer-guitar which also was on sale on eBay in 2009 for the reasonable price of 13.500.- €, just - it wasn´t original (image left below)!
If you closely look at all these guitars you will very easily determin the features why these are faked guitars and why they can´t be originals. We additionally offer a lot more information on these subjects in our article-series Features of original Selmer-Guitars, Features of original Busato-Guitars, Features of original Favino-guitars and Features of original DiMauro-Guitars, were we briefly describe the most important facts and details on these rare instruments.
So if you are suggesting to buy such a fine and expensive instrument you should inform yourself closely in advance, collecting as much information possible, to avoid possible fraud or loss of money. As a first step e.g. you might take a look inside our JM-Guitar-Gallery searching for the details of such guitars (we have 1800+ images of old Gypsyjazzguitars in our gallery which is updated constantly). Otherwise you may spent a whole lot of money to burglars that cheat you with a faked guitar which you cannot sell yourself afterwhat anymore, thus having lost all your money spent on it.
But it´s not only about the faked guitars but also about the way these cheaters use to work, which happens all around ... as it happened to one of our JM-Users. Forgers are selling instruments on the net which they don´t own at all, trying to collect the money for it thru different channels (Western-Union or alike) off their potential buyer in advance. Many of them are trying to sell thru portals like eBay and others.
These cheaters often show images that they collected on the net, offering rare instruments on classified ads, most of the time offering for prices which are way beyond lower than the original prices on the market. The potential buyer is encouraged to send his payment to a "trust forewarding"-company or Western-Union in advance, which in real never exits. Be sure to read the story of our JM-user in our article deception while selling Favino.
Regrettably even with cheaper instruments of this kind there are people who try to cheat others. There are guitars which are beeing offered as "high-quality" Selmer-copies beeing offered for a multiple price of their original cost, and which are not worth even part of the price beeing offered for. Here you find such an actual example of a Selmer-copy which was offered as "high class wood" instrument for double of the original new price. This is a Richwood-Guitar (new price 399.-€) which was offered for 798 .-€ in used condition! So one really has to be careful when buying such a guitar on the internet.
If you dont have an clue by yourself on these kind of guitars ask a friend or someone who really knows about these guitars. Because otherwise the first look cheap bargain may end up in a draged buy very soon in the end...
Also be sure to read our 7 tipps for buying JM-guitars. on these subjects. And of course whenever you buy an (expensive) guitar always take care!
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