At least 85 counterfeit guitars that could have been sold to unsuspecting buyers for over $250,000 were seized during a bust at Dulles International Airport, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protections.
The bootleg instruments arrived from China in late-March and were designed to closely-resemble expensive, highly-collectible guitars from renowned brands like Gibson, Fender, CF Martin, Taylor and Kramer.
The instruments were addressed to buyers in 31 different U.S. states.
"The entire lot of guitars would have had a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $258,707 if they were authentic," added the release.
In January, federal agents seized another 36 counterfeit guitars from China that would have been worth close to $160,000 if they were the real thing.
At the time, Customs and Border Protections contacted the affected-brands to confirm the guitars were indeed counterfeit.
The bootleg guitar business is a booming one, as scammers' building and selling techniques have grown more sophisticated and underhanded in recent years.
Check out this article for tips on how to avoid buying a counterfeit guitar by mistake. Check out the video below by YouTube guitar tech Phillip McKnight for some tips.