Customs agents seize $158k worth of counterfeit guitars, including fake Gibsons, Fenders and Martins, at Washington DC airport

US customs agents seized 36 counterfeit guitars
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U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at Washington Dulles International Airport in Washington DC recently seized 36 counterfeit guitars from China.

The guitars, which included 27 “Gibsons”, six “Fenders”, two “Martin” acoustics and one “PRS”, arrived in 36 separate shipments on December 15. According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, their combined retail price, if authentic, would be $158,692.

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Richard Bienstock

Rich is the co-author of the best-selling Nöthin' But a Good Time: The Uncensored History of the '80s Hard Rock Explosion. He is also a recording and performing musician, and a former editor of Guitar World magazine and executive editor of Guitar Aficionado magazine. He has authored several additional books, among them Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, the companion to the documentary of the same name.