U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at Washington Dulles International Airport on Dec. 15 confiscated 36 counterfeit guitars that, if authentic, would have racked up a total retail price of $158,692, authorities said Monday.
The lot arrived in 36 separate shipments from China, destined to various addresses in 21 states as well as Australia.
After working with CBP import specialists and trademark holders to confirm the guitars to be counterfeit, officers completed the seizure Jan. 20, per CBP.
Among the three dozen instruments were 27 labeled as Gibson, six marked Fender and two false C.F. Martin guitars, as well as one counterfeit Paul Reed Smith model.
Many of the Gibson-esque models were of the popular Les Paul line and included a guitar purportedly autographed by former Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash, as well as a double-necked Gibson EDS-1275 similar to that used by Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page.
Per CBP, the guitar that would have been most expensive if genuine was a Gibson named after former Kiss guitarist Ace Frehley, potentially worth $9,000.
CBP officers seized an average of $4.3 million worth of products with Intellectual Property Rights violations every day in 2019, officials said.
-Times-Mirror Staff Report