Are these "Fender" machine heads genuine?

I have a Squier Affinity Tele for which I am considering a few upgrades. I don't want to denigrate anyone if this is genuine but looking at the pictures and other stuff on offer from the same seller I am suspicious of these tuners. I would appreciate a second opinion https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Fender-machine-head-tuners-6R-black-chrome-stratocaster-telecaster-right-hand/153071466774?hash=item23a3c53916:g:B44AAOSwPbla2G2w
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  • sweepysweepy Frets: 1897
    you can get locking machineheads for a similar price tbh
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  • FunkfingersFunkfingers Frets: 3415
    I'm going to call fake.

    Although Gotoh, Ping or Jin-Ho machineheads would not be out of place on a Mexican-made Fender electric guitar, if they have any legend on the gear housings, it is either the CBS-era script or just the reversed F. 

    Spaghetti script engraved on the circular inserts is a new one on me. Chender.
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  • thermionicthermionic Frets: 4926
    I don't think Fender have ever made their own tuning machines themselves (at least in recent years), but these are the only black tuners available on the Fender site: https://shop.fender.com/en-GB/parts/electric-guitar-parts/tuning-machines/?prefn1=color&prefv1=Black

    Pretty sure they're fake then, and almost certainly not an upgrade on what Fender put on the Squier Affinities.
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  • ICBMICBM Frets: 33359
    I think they're real, but they're off a far-east Fender. I'm pretty sure I've seen the chrome version on a Fender guitar (stock) recently, but I can't remember exactly what...

    Bear in mind that the description is incorrect though - they need a *10mm* hole, not 8mm. If your headstock has 8mm holes you will need to bore out the back to fit them, which is a slightly tricky job without the right tools.
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  • paintermanpainterman Frets: 0
    sweepy said:
    you can get locking machineheads for a similar price tbh
    Yes thanks, I have seen them. I was just curious to see what others thought about the ones offered in the link. I bought the Squier Tele to mod but I was surprised how good it is so I'm not sure If I will do much to it. The pickups are a bit noisey but then they are single coils. Compared with the Squier Strat I have in pieces for modification this Tele seems much better built.

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