During the past few months, the agency said in its release, agents found both electric and acoustic counterfeit guitars purportedly manufactured by well-known brands such as Fender, Gibson, Martin and Taylor.
The guitars were single shipments coming to the United States from China, the agency says, and ranged in value from $300 to $700.
"Our message is for consumers to purchase merchandise from a reputable company," said William A. Ferrara, CBP Acting Director of Field Operations in Chicago. "Whether it is a counterfeit guitar or a shipment of unsafe Christmas lights, our CBP officers are combating counterfeits to make sure illegal and hazardous goods do not enter the U.S. marketplace or family homes."
The agency says the counterfeit guitars were found to be of substandard quality.
Commonly seized counterfeit goods include handbags, footwear, electronics, watches, and Christmas tree lights and electric cords displaying fake Underwriters Laboratory Inc. safety seals.