Pics taken from the forum!?


Friend of Fred
Aug 14, 2010
I remember posting the pics on the forum, but they are used in some strange adds and who knows what!
Have you discovered your guitar pics used in unknown adds?


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Apr 5, 2020
Yes! I found the picture of my amp I posted here on some kind of scam website. You could "buy" it for 50$. It even had three positive reviews ("this product ist very smooth and comfortable...").
My guess is, they use some kind of bot which collects the pictures and generates these ads.
It was listed unser "10 best practice amps" in the site. The thread in GT had a similar title.
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Senior Gretsch-Talker
Dec 1, 2010
Sydney, Australia
A few years ago I had a guy use a forum pic of one of my guitars in an Ebay ad. I was alerted to it by another forum member. I emailed the seller and challenged him about it. His excuse was that he didn't have a working camera and my guitar looked just like the one he was selling. I threatened to expose him to Ebay and he took the ad down.


Senior Gretsch-Talker
Nov 13, 2009
Monkey Island
I suppose the internet being what it is this happens all the time. Once in while I stumble on pics I made 30 years ago. I know they're mine because of the subject matter and the horrible interlacing from my Poopson scanner. It sucks if they're used for scams though.


Friend of Fred
Feb 12, 2009
Where the action is!
I used to have a '55 Roundup. Like most old Roundups (for whatever reason) it was well worn and little rough, so easy to identify. And there it was on eBay. The pictures weren't mine (must have been a previous owner or seller that posted them), but it was obviously my guitar. Among other things, it had very distinctive wear on the back that looked kind of like tire treads. Which I couldn't figure out for the longest time until somebody pointed out to me that it had rested on a coily cable in its case that ate the finish. Anyway, the useless turds at eBay wound't do anything and the "seller" didn't respond to me. So, my approach was to put up a listing myself to warn off potential bidders, figuring if they found the bogus listing, they'd find mine too. The fake seller gave up and cancelled it and presumably moved on to his next scam.


Country Gent
Jun 11, 2015
Portland, OR
I think we've all nicked a few pics off Google from time to time, but never for commercial purposes. I'd find that pretty unnerving.

Selling your guitar? Take some fresh pics of it! That "no camera" excuse is total BS. Everybody's got a camera these days - it's right there on your phone!


Jul 10, 2019
NE Wisconsin, US
The company that I worked for was adamant that images from the internet were not to be used for presentations, advertising or other company use. Copyright/owner issues were to be avoided. As such, there were licensed stock photos to be used for those things. It was hard for many of my clients to understand it. Some of the musicians got it though.

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