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Discussion in 'Fred's Barcalounge' started by radd, Jun 17, 2021.
I always verify mine and collect the points. I use them for free strings.
I order direct and found the best strings! I was reading an article a few years ago on equipment used by a guitarist (don’t recall who?), but he used Curt Mangan Strings. I researched them and then placed an order. They are perfect (excellent quality, tone, durable, available in custom gauges). Curt has excellent customer service, too. I have not tried his flatwounds (presently use Thomastik), but all my other strings are Curt Mangan. It took almost 50 years, but I finally found the perfect strings for me.
I mostly buy strings in bulk and don't really have the time or the interest to "verify" strings online.
Someone has WAY more time on their hands than I do.
I would never scan a code from a known-counterfeit product of any kind. Just sayin'.
I agree, only with a burner.
amazon is a cesspool anymore, won't go near them for anything. Local shops or the established large distributors for me.
I think you are being to picky.....
If they sell that much all around the world, then just brand them. I doubt the risk of getting caught if you are already manufacturing at that level makes sense. But then again, what do I know? I buy from MF and my local store. If the worst that happens is I get some strings once in awhile that are counterfeit, then big deal. Life has far greater challenges.
I can vouch for the integrity and authenticity of the candy Sweetwater provides. I sample it regularly (for quality purposes, of course, not because I’m addicted to buying gear or anythying), and most of it is made by my former employer, so I know those products well.
I just verified my wife . . . . . . .
I have bought strings from "Just Strings" . . . they screwed up one order, but the customer service was good. How do we know where "Just Strings" buys their strings? We don't. I am probably more aware of counterfeits than the average guitar-playing bear, having defended several counterfeiters in both state and federal court proceedings. from graded nuts and bolts to air filters ('Fram' you say, yeah, sure) to luxury purses. But of course not the Chibsons . . . they are all real, yeah . . . . and Les Paul is rolling over in his grave right now.
Leap of faith for the last string purchase was Musician's Gear strings from Musician's Friend, so how authentically genuine are they for their brand ?
Other string brands bought in the past, PRS strings Classics & Signature products. I bought Gibsons, Elixirs & D'Addario's as well from local music store. They're legit, they've been around for 30+ years.
I really need to try Ernie Ball strings some day. But the PRS, Gibsons & D'Addario's and I can't imagine Ernie Ball as being any better or worse. I still have to use the Musician's Gear strings out, if they prove to be satisfactory, I could see myself stringing my instruments with them across the board. Too bad MG only come in 9's & 10's for electric guitar strings, I use 9.5's as my Strat strings. The LP gets 10's and my Telecaster gets 9's. I've tried hybrid 9's (Treble side)'10's (Bass side) on a Strat, I think I'm moving to 9.5's for all my Strats to give the magnets a larger profile of steel to attract for signal capture. The 9 always seems to be the only string that breaks and the 9.5 seems to last longer with my style of string attack. Maybe the string break is a blessing, otherwise I wouldn't change strings unless they break or are just too obviously filthy to look at.
I buy counterfeit strings with cryptocurrency since I ran out of Monopoly money
If there's one retailer I would never trust it's Sweetwater. They do have the masses snowed with their free bag of candy and Emperor Has No Clothes internet fanbois!
too much work to counterfeit Thomastik Jazz Flats and Pyramid Gold round core flats, as well as my Daddario Bluegrass Brass acoustic strings.. these guys always deliver...so far.
So has anybody ever bought a set of bogus strings ? I buy from Amazon or Juststrings and they are always the real deal, well as far as I know. I hope they don't start counter fitting Fire Fly's, Harley Bentons and Glarry's.
If you buy from Amazon proper and not from marketplace sellers, it's more secure.
Holy Moly! Now I have to spend my Birthday verifying the strings I ordered from Amazon. I’m 71 today and so is my twin brother. I know! I just called him to verify if he was 71 today.
Ok, my D’Addario strings are the real deal. These were purchased from Amazon.com.
Where's the profit in making fake strings?
Anything's better than Black Diamonds.