(Update) Anyone else verifying your strings aren’t counterfeit?

Discussion in 'Fred's Barcalounge' started by radd, Jun 17, 2021.

  1. radd

    radd Country Gent

    Dec 27, 2017
    Santa Cruz
    update....., I contacted Sweetwater and was assured they get their strings directly from the manufacturer, not a third party. I’ll stick with Sweetwater

    I did not realize that strings were now being counterfeited and sold through places like Amazon.

    I use D’Addario on my acoustics and that brand is one of the counterfeited ones.

    D’Addario has a page on their website that you can verify your strings are not counterfeit buy entering the product ID code.

    I just checked my new sets

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    Last edited: Jun 18, 2021
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  2. Henry

    Henry I Bleed Orange

    Apr 9, 2014
    Wow. Will I have to verify pieces of candy next!?
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  3. radd

    radd Country Gent

    Dec 27, 2017
    Santa Cruz
    Apparently it is only a matter of time.:eek:
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  4. GlenP

    GlenP Country Gent

    Jul 23, 2019
    The Amazon counterfeit strings are the ones that catch fire!
  5. pmac11

    pmac11 Country Gent

    Mar 4, 2018
    Toronto, Ontario
    Maybe THIS is reason they wear out...
  6. stevo

    stevo Friend of Fred

    May 1, 2012
    Good grief. I fail to see how that’s worth the trouble as a business model. Rolexes, Omegas, yes. Guitar strings? Not so much.
  7. MrWookiee

    MrWookiee Synchromatic

    Jun 17, 2020
    SoCal, USA
    Guess I can't buy TI strings from Amazon any more
  8. radd

    radd Country Gent

    Dec 27, 2017
    Santa Cruz
    I suspect they sell thousands around the world with what might be a small investment if they already make strings.
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  9. Merc

    Merc Friend of Fred

    May 6, 2017
    I’m not surprised but had no idea. Thanks for the tip.
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  10. oneforsorrow

    oneforsorrow Synchromatic

    May 15, 2020
    I've been buying direct from the manufacturers -- Curt Mangan, Straight Up Strings, Stringjoy, and Gabriel Tenario. No worries on imitations when you get them from the source.
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  11. radd

    radd Country Gent

    Dec 27, 2017
    Santa Cruz
    Been there, done that, may start again.
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  12. One more thing to add to the list of things i never thought would be important to look out for
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  13. Jelly Roll Horton

    Jelly Roll Horton Country Gent

    Nov 10, 2017
    Portland, OR
    This is good information. Thanks for posting. I long ago quit buying anything on Amazon for a number of reasons. This adds one more reason to the list. I try to buy all music related items from local shops and luthiers.
  14. juks

    juks Synchromatic

    Nov 26, 2020
    Fremont, California
    The question these days is what isn't counterfeited?
  15. Randy99CL

    Randy99CL Country Gent

    Feb 17, 2020
    I always buy my strings from MF when they are on sale, I get the reward points that get me free strings. Just put in an order a couple of days ago, some are on sale right now.

    Buying from any reputable seller (who is not amazon) should be safe. I normally buy D'Addario and register them online and get points for free strings, LOL! Do I see a pattern here? With those I have coming tomorrow I will have more than enough points for a 3-pack of XTs.
    I expect that when I register them online they'll tell me if any are fakes.
    Last edited: Jun 17, 2021
  16. Synchro

    Synchro The artist formerly known as: Synchro Staff Member

    Jun 2, 2008
    Admin Post
    You can always use $ynchro’s $tring ¥erification $ervice. For a reasonable charge of only $16.00 per set (200% up charge for premium brands) I will personally verify that your strings are actually strings. Step right up!
  17. juks

    juks Synchromatic

    Nov 26, 2020
    Fremont, California
    I'll do a FaceTime verification for $8 per set. Ha! :D
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  18. Synchro

    Synchro The artist formerly known as: Synchro Staff Member

    Jun 2, 2008
    Admin Post
    If they’re willing to settle for that. But if your want real tone, you gotta pay at least $16.00.

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  19. Stefan

    Stefan Country Gent

    Jan 20, 2016
    One reason more to support specialists and local dealers. They fake everything. I‘ve read somewhere at least 30% of consumer goods are counterfeit.
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  20. Ricochet

    Ricochet Senior Gretsch-Talker

    Nov 13, 2009
    Monkey Island
    I’ve seen’m in shops and online(Ali). It’s almost amusing the effort they put into it, until you realise how big this fakery business is.

    Bigger items are subject to closer scrutiny. So it actually makes more sense to fake the Epiphones, smaller dollar bills or candy.
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