As the value of vintage instruments rises, so does the incentive to make fake guitars. For a long time this was limited to more collectable guitars like Strats and Les Pauls, but we have seen more and more fake or incorrectly described Mosrites on the many online marketplaces. Accurate Mosrite information is hard to come by, and you will always see inconsistencies between different Mosrite sites. Just because you read something on the web does not mean that it is true!

This "Mosrite" was sold on a popular internet auction site in early 2003. It was described as "all original" but actually, it is a fake. Many of the parts were real but the seller (a luthier) represented it as an original guitar. A serious Ramones collector got ripped off for a lot of money. Be prepared to take the risks if you decide to buy something expensive over the internet. Some tips:

1. Make sure you can use a credit card to pay
(if you get a fake guitar you can complain to your credit card company)
2. Do not bid on "private" auctions (no one will be able to warn you if they know the item is fake)
3. Ask lots of questions.

An instrument is best tried out in person. You may buy an expensive guitar over the internet and find the neck is wrong for your hands, or that plugged into your Marshall amp it just doesn't have the sound you were looking for.

We aren't trying to discourage anyone from finding their dream guitar, but it angers us when we see blatent fraud. If you are prepared to accept the risks, here is a handy link to search for Mosrites. We even filtered out some of the junk.