85 counterfeit guitars worth up to $260,000 seized by Washington Dulles International Airport customs agents

A lineup shot of 85 counterfeit Fenders, Gibsons and other electric guitars
(Image credit: CBP.gov)

Customs officers at Washington Dulles International Airport in Washington DC have seized 85 counterfeit electric guitars and acoustic guitars.

The collection, if authentic, would have carried an estimated total value of around $258,707, and features a number of well-known names and models, including Fender, Gibson, Kramer, Martin and Taylor.

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Matt Owen
Senior Staff Writer, GuitarWorld.com

Matt is a Senior Staff Writer, writing for Guitar World, Guitarist and Total Guitar. He has a Masters in the guitar, a degree in history, and has spent the last 16 years playing everything from blues and jazz to indie and pop. When he’s not combining his passion for writing and music during his day job, Matt records for a number of UK-based bands and songwriters as a session musician.