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Offline Autumnixir

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Washburn Mercury MG100 COUNTERFEIT OR NOT???
« on: February 22, 2018, 11:43:04 AM »
Hello!

It's me again, with another guitar detective hunt.

I've found this Mercury MG100 in very good condition and the guy is only selling it for 130$.

I've already searched on google images for any references to see if it's actually real or not, but I couldn't find much.

What threw me off was in the only photos I could find, the backplate on the neck is in a different shape than in the image this guy put up with his guitar.









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Re: Washburn Mercury MG100 COUNTERFEIT OR NOT???
« Reply #1 on: February 22, 2018, 01:15:05 PM »
Counterfeit or not ?
« Last Edit: February 23, 2018, 06:06:58 AM by bigcity2 »

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Re: Washburn Mercury MG100 COUNTERFEIT OR NOT???
« Reply #2 on: February 22, 2018, 01:23:22 PM »
This is not an MG-100.

This is an MG-200 Special imported from Korea.

Alright... thanks for the help. How much do you think it costs? is the price fair for what I'll get?

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Re: Washburn Mercury MG100 COUNTERFEIT OR NOT???
« Reply #3 on: February 22, 2018, 01:33:12 PM »
This is not an MG-100.

This is an MG-200 Special imported from Korea.

Okay. How about this?




Offline Tony Raven

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Re: Washburn Mercury MG100 COUNTERFEIT OR NOT???
« Reply #4 on: February 23, 2018, 11:58:07 PM »
Are you familiar with the term "pig in a poke"? :o

If you can't afford to gamble, then DON'T GAMBLE.

If you can't tell me how it feels when you play it, then I cannot hope to tell you "whether it's worth it."

It's good guitar. That's a reasonable price... barring a twisted neck or messed-up wiring or significantly worn frets.

It might need a full setup, ~$50 USD. Maybe a new nut.

No, you're NOT going to get rich flipping it. You might be able to resell it for that price.
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Re: Washburn Mercury MG100 COUNTERFEIT OR NOT???
« Reply #5 on: March 28, 2018, 12:46:38 PM »
Hello!

It's me again, with another guitar detective hunt.

I've found this Mercury MG100 in very good condition and the guy is only selling it for 130$.

I've already searched on google images for any references to see if it's actually real or not, but I couldn't find much.

What threw me off was in the only photos I could find, the backplate on the neck is in a different shape than in the image this guy put up with his guitar.









That looks real to me.  The back plate you have I think is the older version. 

Offline Tony Raven

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Re: Washburn Mercury MG100 COUNTERFEIT OR NOT???
« Reply #6 on: March 29, 2018, 12:36:35 AM »
FWIW, the "Washburn PRO" engraved-style plate is what I have on the Bantam BT-3 & BT-6 next to me, so in use at least ~1996-2000. The previous plates were that "cast look" style. The Bantams came after the Mercurys, with the remaining Mercury line cancelled 1996.

In any case, still very unlikely that anyone sane is going to counterfeit a mid-range 1990s import.
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