I've got a customer's "fake" Gibson Custom Black Beauty on the bench right now -- not sure how many of you have ever seen one of these in person, but from a few feet away, they don't look quite as bad as I assumed. Yes, they're cheaply made for sure, the stock pots, wiring, pickups in this one are all Epiphone (not fake Epiphone)... maybe the hardware, too. At the risk of leading people down a terrible road, please take heed of the following disclaimer: ATTENTION JOHNNY EMPTYPOCKETS: DON'T BUY FAKE GUITARS! Oh crap, what constitutes a guitar as being fake? OK... DON'T BUY FAKE GIBSONS! Actually, crap, I can't say that because I own a replica. Also, I learned a long time ago you can't tell people what to do. SO HOW ABOUT THIS: IF YOU BUY A FAKE, CONTACT SLAPSHOT AS I HEAR HE'S WINDING SOME KILLER FAKE PICKUPS!