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PostPosted: Thu Apr 01, 2010 1:01 pm 

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Anybody else read about this? Doesn't seem to be an April fool's joke but who knows. Crazy stuff either way.

Here’s some news maybe bad news for many who have dealt with Justin Harrison at Music Ground, Doncaster, England. It is beyond any doubt whatsoever that Justin Harrison (Director of Music Ground) with the blessing of his father Richard Harrison (Managing Director of Music Ground) has produced fake guitars and amplifiers over the past twenty years using a devoted, though some might argue misguided and greedy, group of talented individuals. These have included electronics wizards, woodworkers, graphic artists, Photoshop experts and guitar finishers. And here are some examples of amp and guitar nasties:

A large in depth article appearing some time ago in Vintage Guitar Magazine went into great detail about a European Music Company manufacturing fake Marshall amplifiers. This of course was Music Ground a fact that was boasted about by Justin Harrison. Amongst the people he duped were Mikhaal Karlsson guitarist with the Hives and Peter Svensson talented guitarist with the Cardigans. When Peter Svensson challenged Richard Harrison about the authenticity of the Marshall amps, Richard, being the devoted dad that he is, admitted they were fakes and raced over to Sweden and immediately bought back the amps out of his own money totalling some £80,000. And what happened to the amps on their return to Doncaster, Justin Harrison sold them on again to another unsuspecting individual. Mikhail also fell foul of the Marshall fakes and he too demanded a refund. Music Ground is paying him back on a payment plan which is continuing to this day.

Turning his attention to another amp range Justin Harrison has produced a number of fake Dumble Amplifiers. Of course these are very profitable as the electronics wizard for building the amp only receives around £3000, the cabinet maker £1500 and the amp sells for £30,000. It is worth noting that the art work for the front panels of the Dumbles are made in a little former mining village called Bentley just a couple of miles away from Music Ground’s headquarters. Who are the dupes on this range then? None other than Texan Real Estate Magnate Garry Keller. Perhaps someone ought to tip him off about this and Oh God yes the other fake amps he’s bought from Justin Harrison. But come on Howard Dumble get your arse into gear and stop all this. Your amps are great don’t allow a shit like Justin Harrison to make thousands out of you.

As for guitars particularly Hofner bass guitars there is a never ending list of dupes. Here’s one example: Let’s take a right handed guitar that was picked up in Breda, Holland by Music Ground. It sailed back to Doncaster only to be transported to a guitar hospital based in Newark run by a very clever wood worker who put a left handed spin on the guitar and it became a lefty (the top was flipped). It kind of went through what might be termed the equivalent of a sex change shall we say? It returned to Doncaster to be aged and then transported to Los Angeles where poor old Beatle beatnick Greg Feo bought it for some £30,000. He was warned by his chum another Beatle nut Tony Capizzi that fake Hofners were incubated in the Music Ground basement. But the rest is history and the profits fell into Justin Harrison’s pocket

Let’s quickly pass over mentioning that Kirk Hammett bought a fake Zematis made in Doncaster from Justin Harrison (and returned it after some clever negotiations between Richard Harrison and Kirk’s lawyers) to detail his finest scam to date-fake provenance over a Korina Explorer sold to yes, Peter Svensson. Poor old Peter and he’s such a nice guy but easy prey for Justin Harrison. The Music Ground Director claimed he had found the original owner of the 1960 Explorer complete with a Polaroid picture of him holding the guitar way back in the early 1960s. But no, that wasn’t true. The picture depicted none other than a Music Ground employee a wood worker. So several weeks after Peter Svensson took delivery of the Explorer and was glancing at the photograph of the original owner it was pointed out to him that this guy bore a striking resemblance to someone on the Hiwatt website (Hiwatt is Music Ground’s sister Company). And yes the one and the two were the same. Bad mistake Justin Harrison because Peter Svensson is taking you personally to the cleaners for this.

Justin Harrison is really the music world’s equivalent of Dennis Nielson (a British mass murderer now serving a life sentence). He picks up unsuspecting investors takes them into his confidence and butchers them.

Why am I telling you all this. It’s because Justin Harrison hates guitarists and rock music full stop and delights in taking the piss and ripping the shit out of all of us in the Music Industry. Please, please don’t be associated with him or anything he stands for. Remember it’s only a deal to Justin Harrison if he’s ripping your bollocks off.

But there is light at the end of the tunnel. Music Ground is being liquidated on Monday. Justin Harrison is taking creditors for around a million quid. So let’s hope when it all goes bump next week there are plenty of people with base ball bats ready to take revenge.

I can give more stories if required please let me know via the forum.

A footnote: Justin Harrison was scamming prior to the liquidation. A Streamline terminal registered with Hiwatt was siphoning off Music Ground funds.

A second Footnote: Hands up all those who want to know of the dozens of stolen guitars Music Ground has fenced?



PostPosted: Thu Apr 01, 2010 1:29 pm 
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It's not a joke, this douche is well known now.

PostPosted: Thu Apr 01, 2010 1:45 pm 
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I'm going to make a prediction that his fakes will become collectible soon. :D

PostPosted: Thu Apr 01, 2010 1:54 pm 
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He got busted on HCAF punting a fake black beauty LP a few years ago. I'd try and find the thread but the search function on that forum sucks balls.

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 01, 2011 2:34 pm 

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This will just confirm what many know, and this is just the beginning..

Music ground formally charged in theft... read all about it!!!!!

PostPosted: Sun Jan 02, 2011 3:34 pm 
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I read this earlier and thought about it some, and who is getting screwed in the faking. I turned out to not be very sympathetic.

So the gear sounds right, but the wrong name is on it? The extent that this went on shows either the name means shit all or that famous musicians/wealthy collectors can't tell shit about their gear. If you buy your gear for how it pays and sounds, then people will have to make gear that plays and sounds good, rather than making gear with the right badge on it. Players shouldn't give a shit what is written on the amps. People that buy gear as 'investments' and collectors pieces are the ones getting screwed by this sort of thing, and even though I'm pretty much one of them (anyone wanna buy an early 70s Orange?), I'm not massively sympathetic with people who will buy for a name without a clue what it is they are buying.

Everyone makes Fender copies, there are a million Marshall clones out there. I fucking love the fact I have a Rickenbacker copy because RIC are such utter pricks about it. Sure the guy is a scumbag for taking the step over the line with a copy and a really, really good relic job, but if you are treating a guitar as an investment, maybe you should treat it like an investment, check it up and caveat emptor. When you buy a house, you have a surveyor come in to check it over, and do a land registry search, make sure independent parties have checked everything get it signed and insured.

Fuck people that thieve though.

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 02, 2011 4:00 pm 

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RE: Music Ground

The faking has go on for years, there is no doubt about that. BUT;
commisioning organised thieves to rob music stores and private people for profit, and changing serial numbers etc, to gain profit is the real issue here.
Rick and Justin Harrison have been running a criminal organisation for nearly 10 years , and that is just what we know about now. The forgeries,fakes,trademark infringement, is the small stuff.. How many people realise that a British Airways 747 bound for Chicago was stopped on the tarmac at Heathrow, and unloaded by British police, all to prevent the Harrisons from smuggling stolen gear to the Dallas guitar show. Or that The daughter of Rick Harrison,Rebbeca, has been denied entry into the US because of the family activities..
There are 8 people in a prison in Milan as a result of a sting by Italian police tipped off to another job ordered by the Harrisons...
And you thought a few fake Zemaitis' and Marshalls were bad... wait until the crown court in Leeds gets a whiff of what the prosecuters have in thier possesion...

PostPosted: Sun Jan 02, 2011 7:43 pm 
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Dear dear dear!

I'm fucking delighted at this, Those wankers at Music Ground have always taken the piss with their pricing, from charging £600 for an Orange "Slave" head in pretty poor condition, to a Sound City 120 with a lot of replaced bits for £400. and that's before we even start to mention the outrageous prices on tape echoes... I didn't know about him being involved in this scam, might pop over there after work tomorrow to gloat.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 28, 2011 3:31 pm 

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Fuck me! Used to go in there all of the time, but never really bought anything.

Agree about the Sound City shite though - I remember seeing that and laughing at the asking price. Was planning to pop into Denmark street for the first time in an age, so will have a nose about.

Isn't Music Ground part of the rest of the shops on the street though? I thought Roka, Music Ground, Regent Sound and most of them (except Wunjo and V&R) were part of the same group?

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