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    Super Slinky Strings Fake?

    Hi, I bought Ernie Ball Super Slinky Strings on eBay.
    And now I think they could be fake.

    What is your guess?






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    What makes you think they are fake?
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    Thanks for your reply.

    I've seen a YouTube video about the fakes.
    And also that chinese sticker on the back made me curios.

    I just bought my first guitar, and wanted some good quality strings.
    So i can't really tell by the sound.

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    The easy way to identify fake strings is the ball on the end. In the pictures I’ve seen of fakes, the ball is rough and a different metal. Yours look real to me.

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    From what I can see, the Chinese sticker is the inventory tag from the retailer, who appears to be in China. It mentions "ERNIE BALL INC" probably next to the Chinese word for supplier.
    2007 Stingray 5 HS Cherry Burst / Maple FB / 3 Band EQ / Ceramic Pickups
    2012 Stingray 5 H Pearl Blue / Rosewood FB / 3 Band EQ/ AlNiCo Pickup
    2012 Steve Morse Morse Blueburst / Rosewood FB
    2012 Luke III SSH Vintage Sunburst / Rosewood Neck

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    How do they sound?

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    Really, who fakes guitar strings? I can't imagine strings to be the kind of item that has high enough margin or sales volume to make it worth the effort.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Twang Banger View Post
    Really, who fakes guitar strings? I can't imagine strings to be the kind of item that has high enough margin or sales volume to make it worth the effort.
    You'd be surprised. There are some really cheap makers overseas, and they make strings under contract for other companies. Well someone there then gets the idea "lets just copy the packaging from this other company and sell them ourselves" to make more money.
    2007 Stingray 5 HS Cherry Burst / Maple FB / 3 Band EQ / Ceramic Pickups
    2012 Stingray 5 H Pearl Blue / Rosewood FB / 3 Band EQ/ AlNiCo Pickup
    2012 Steve Morse Morse Blueburst / Rosewood FB
    2012 Luke III SSH Vintage Sunburst / Rosewood Neck

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    Quote Originally Posted by Twang Banger View Post
    Really, who fakes guitar strings? I can't imagine strings to be the kind of item that has high enough margin or sales volume to make it worth the effort.
    Dadarrio has some special code on each package of strings, prompting you to enter a code and learn whether your strings are fake or not - seems pretty unusual but apparently fake strings are not a totally incorrigible idea to some.

    (*I honestly must have grabbed the Dadarrios on accident. I don't normally buy Dadarrio, never mind an electric set with a wound G, but there it is on top of my amp .)

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    2019 Albert Lee - BFR - Electric Shimmer
    2019 Axis SS semi hollow - DuBaldo Blue - rosewood neck
    2019 StingRay fretless - BFR - Sierra Vintage Burst
    2018 Axis SS - BFR - Buckeye Burl
    2017 StingRay 5 - 30th Ann
    2013 Luke III - PDN - emerald green sparkle
    - rosewood neck
    2012 Morse - BFR - Dark Lord
    2010 Axis SS - red flame - rosewood neck
    2009 Axis - pink quilt
    2006 StingRay fretless - 30th Ann
    2000 Axis SS - Lavender Pearl
    1996 StingRay - 20th Ann
    1995 Albert Lee - Natural

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    Quote Originally Posted by Twang Banger View Post
    Really, who fakes guitar strings? I can't imagine strings to be the kind of item that has high enough margin or sales volume to make it worth the effort.
    I’ve been had in the past with fake strings (acoustic Elixirs in my case) everything was off with them from the packaging to the strings them self.
    Apparently there are fake strings of every brand possible. I mail order mine and only use a couple of trusted sellers

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