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Old 23-11-2014, 01:20 AM   #1
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Chinese Replica MB1?

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I'm a proud Manson MA-2 owner (note: not MB owner *sigh*) and I have just purchased a black glitter MB-1 "replica" from some chinese people calling themselves "world famous luthiers" over at www.rareelectricguitar.com. What I am going to do with this guitar is mainly just fool around with it, insert some effects perhaps and just have fun. Cost me 500 $ included shipping, and I just went for it.

But my question is, do any of you guys here have experience with this website? Seems legit too me. They're communicating well through email etc. And secondly, do you guys have any ideas or tips'n tricks regarding effects, pickups etc.

(PS: looking forward to those "you were scammed bro" comments xD )
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Old 23-11-2014, 07:24 AM   #2
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Our experience is that the replicas usually look crap and probably are not even close to Manson standards, even if they communicate well. Got any photos?
In the end, it might end up being a decent guitar, but most of these sites are quite dodgy. The site looks better than most of these I've seen though.
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Old 23-11-2014, 07:39 AM   #3
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I don't think it is a scam. There are some (read: a lot) of Chinese and Taiwanese businesses similar to this that work on this basis (there is a cool story about a guy getting a bike frame custom designed over there and their factories were professional and well equipped).

From what I gather, a guy in the US manages this. You'll get a guitar out of it but I cannot vouch for the quality. You will get what you paid for. I mean, as long as the instrument is playable and it looks close, put a new set of pickups in and you'd have something you can gig with easily.

There will be a lot of purists that hate this but if it works for you, let us know.
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I personally don't mind it much as long as they don't put a logo on it.
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Old 23-11-2014, 08:01 AM   #5
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Youd pay close to that for a pair or bareknuckle pickups. Everything about it will be the cheapest or the cheap.
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Old 23-11-2014, 09:54 AM   #6
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I personally don't mind it much as long as they don't put a logo on it.
They do though.
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I've seen people's reviews of this websites guitars on youtube and they said they had to replace all hardware, the neck and the pickups to make the guitar feel decently playable and actually sound okay
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It looks like they've watermarked this picture from musewiki as if it's one of their necks
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I've seen people's reviews of this websites guitars on youtube and they said they had to replace all hardware, the neck and the pickups to make the guitar feel decently playable and actually sound okay
Seems a bit pointless in that case, especially if it's set neck

Some of them won't be bothered I'm sure

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Old 23-11-2014, 04:14 PM   #10
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Our experience is that the replicas usually look crap and probably are not even close to Manson standards, even if they communicate well. Got any photos?
In the end, it might end up being a decent guitar, but most of these sites are quite dodgy. The site looks better than most of these I've seen though.
Yeah, I've seen alot of replicas out there and some of them look crap while some look decent. The ones posted on their website looks quite accurate when it comes to shape but I told them to do some modifications to make it even more accurate. E.g. white fretmarks on the side (which the ones on the site suprisingly didn't have), a black nut, single coil in the neck and battery box routing, since I have ordered a fernandes FSK-401 from the US which I will be installing.

Link to the guitar on their site: http://www.rareelectricguitar.com/Ma...sale_1032.html

More pics, the black one was for another customer, looks pretty similar to the matt blacks
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Old 23-11-2014, 06:26 PM   #11
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As their website seems to have some malware in it, I can't see your photos
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As their website seems to have some malware in it, I can't see your photos
Their website has malware? You think its their malware or maybe they have been infected? Fixed photos.
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Old 23-11-2014, 08:31 PM   #13
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Yikes. Those look pretty shoddy, and the fact that they pirate the Manson logo for them is even worse. As the owner of a legit Manson, why would you give them the business? Could've bought a nice Squier for less.
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Old 23-11-2014, 08:57 PM   #14
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Yikes. Those look pretty shoddy, and the fact that they pirate the Manson logo for them is even worse. As the owner of a legit Manson, why would you give them the business? Could've bought a nice Squier for less.
Well, I just wanted a cheap guitar with matts shape to fool around with, one that I dont have to be too afraid to "toss around". Also, I spoke to a guy who have bought cheap chinese replicas before, and he recommended me to get a cheap one and just throw away the crap hardware they include and wire it up with some better hardware. And since I live in Norway, a cheap Squire comes at the same price so I thought why not. Also, im considering asking them to do a custom logo, since having the manson logo on a fake guitar makes me feel kinda bad, although it might be good advertising (?)

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Old 24-11-2014, 05:28 AM   #15
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A bad copy is not good advertising, so go for a different logo! There's a few people here who have experience with applying logos.
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