How to Spot a Fake Ibanez RG350EX

Updated March 23, 2017

The Ibanez RG350EX guitar is part of the Tremolo Series of guitars. This electric guitar features a shark tooth inlay and a rosewood and basswood body and neck. When purchasing an Ibanez RG350EX, it is important to determine if it is a genuine or fake Ibanez guitar. Because many fake Ibanez guitars are manufactured in China and sold through online auction sites, determining the authenticity of these guitars can be tricky.

Record the serial number of the guitar. It may be etched into the back of the neck plate or on a sticker placed on the headstock. If you are purchasing the guitar online, request that the seller send you a photograph of the serial number in order to check its authenticity. The serial number of Ibanez RG350EX guitars will begin with the letter "C." Contact Ibanez and provide them with the serial number so that they can check the authenticity of the guitar.

Take the guitar to a professional guitar authenticator before purchasing, if possible. Guitar authenticators compare specific model traits of the Ibanez RG350EX, such as its serial number and whether it is manufactured in Korea, and can determine if the guitar is a real Ibanez or a fake.

Check the price of the guitar and consider if the deal is too good to be true. New Ibanez RG350EX guitars generally sell for £260 to £292. Used guitars in mint condition will generally not be sold for under £195. Consider any damage that has affected the guitar when comparing the price to the product. Body and electrical damage can devalue the guitar significantly.

Check the neck of the guitar to see where the guitar is manufactured. All authentic Ibanez RG350EX guitars are manufactured in Korea by the Cort company, while many fakes are manufactured in China.

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Tatyana Ivanov has been a freelance writer since 2008 and has contributed articles to "Venus" and "Columbus Family." She continues to write humor pieces for a number of popular culture blogs. Ivanov holds a Bachelor of Arts in media studies from Hunter College.