how to spot fake epis

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  1. lp junior freak

    lp junior freak V.I.P. Member V.I.P. Member

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    i was wondering how to spot a fake epi anyone know???? i can spat a gibby fake but not an epi :thumb:
     
  2. scozz

    scozz Senior Member

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    I don't believe I've ever seen a fake Epi. Usually the fakes are of higher end guitars. The fakes are from China, and are similar to Epiphones from what I've read. I don't know why a counterfieter would copy a $500 Epiphone, all they would be able to sell it for would be $500. It doesn't make any sense. Unless it were an Elitist, even then there selling price would not be as much as some more expensive guitars.
     
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    Scozz I do not know how to spot fakes , but I do know how to spot old friends.:wave: How are you , turned pro- golfer yet. Still using stock pups in that Dot of yours. do I have to say IMO here as well LOL:thumb:
     
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    Whass up slinger???? Nice to hear from you!! I see you found this nice forum too. Yeah I still got the stock pickups in my Dot, I have to, YOU told me, and everybody else that Epi pups were fine!! lol. It really is good to hear from you, hope all is well with you. I guess I'll be seeing you around here, thats cool! IMO.
     
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    overdriver Banned

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    Slinger ??? never heard of that guy LOL good to see you are here as well:applause:
    Seems like a great forum to be involved with. Not much new on my end, getting ready for Winter, you wouldn't know what that is like would you.LOL
     
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    As far as fakes go I suppose ,if they are really good fakes a person couldn't tell. Things to look for would be out of place logos serial #s that are funny or missing. But then again serial #s can be or look legit. The best way to tell if a purchase being made on line, is fake or not, might be to post a pic. for members to look at. The best way to buy a real Epi is to get one from a authorised dealer.
     
  7. lp junior freak

    lp junior freak V.I.P. Member V.I.P. Member

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    well ive been into guitars for a while know ive always seen fake gibson info just wonderin i have several epis and I always go to guitar center to purches my better guitars so scozz and overdriver how long have u been members ???:thumb:
     
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    overdriver Banned

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    I have just joined this month, just found out about this great forum . Have been playing since 68 :hippie:, I am 54. Have been kicking around other forums and do use some others as well. I have never heard of any definitive things to look for which help a person spot a fake Epi, except for obvious out of place things and serial #s or weird difference. A lot of talk on fakes at the Epi forum do a search if you like. But IMO no hard and fast rules of thumb other than what I have already talked of. Cheers:wave:
     
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    guys, before you slander Epi fakes... be sure the fakes aren't better than the Epis! lol...

    As silly as it seems., copies nowadays are made exceptionally well!
     
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    :shock:Snakebite:Was that joke ? LOL don't get it man :)or 500 bucks for a set of newly manufactured pups LOL Though Gibson owners could consider any Epi LP a fake ,IMO the same can be said of anything less than Gibson VOS LP models.at best:shock:
     
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    Greetings lp junior freak,...I too have been on other forums for a while like overdriver, and I am new to this one. I am 51 years old and have been playing since 1968 also. (wow! too much in common with overdriver, lol)

    Hey overdriver,...you sound a bit jealous, lol. I have only lived in Florida for a little over a year. I lived all of my previous years in Connecticut, so I am well aware of winter living. I had enough of it, so here I am in sunny Florida. I have a picture in my kitchen of myself shoveling 2 feet of snow off my deck in Connecticut just to remind myself. Last January and February when it was 70 degrees here, I would watch the news from up north and see everyone digging out in freezing tempertures!! It was great! This winter I'll be thinking of you! lol, lol
     
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    Go ahead laugh you ,you ****** ****I cant say it I be banned, Hope a Gator eats your left hand, LOL Take care you lucky Bastard.:rofl:
     
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    Hey guys,
    I'm a newbie...
    just bought an Epi Les Paul Custom online and was wondering what the serial number should look like?
    i dont think its a fake.. but would like to confirm it you know... i'd be spewin if it was. mind u it plays awesome, looks hot and sounds sweet.
    the only reason i have to believe it might not be is that another person who bought from the same guy believes his could be.
    Thanks
     
  14. lifele55

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    I forgot how many numbers its supposed to have since I'm at work now, but it should go like EE07012345 or something like that?

    The Guitar Dater Project - Epiphone Serial Number Decoder

    Type your serial against the site to check whether it matches. But the site isn't accurate since serials can also be replicated.

    A picture of the guitar would help alot.
     
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    Making fake Epiphones would rank just below counterfeit pennies.
     
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    Lol. Ok but I do have one question. My epi custom does have its insides sprayed black! I'll post pictures when I actually have time to take them.

    But I bought the guitar new from Ishibashi and had it shipped. I don't doubt its authenticity and it does play great, but I do wonder why it was painted black, to hide the low grade woods used probably?.

    This was the picture before they sent the guitar, had her for a couple months now and just changed to a graphite nut and considering electric upgrades and pickup change.

    [​IMG]

    It was an EE serial btw.
     
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    The black paint is shielding paint.
     
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    Agreed, Geesh Anybody who tried this woul surely be a bunch of sandwich's shy of a picnic basket :wtf:
     
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    This will come as a shock to many of you I guess, but there was a problem w/ fake Epi's being sold in Korea while they were being produced there. Gibson/Epiphone had a press release of some sort on the Epi website a while back after someone had found that their "Epiphone" LP had a particle board body. I was stationed in Korea at this time, and bought a number of "unlicensed" legitimate Epiphone guitars that had come out the "back door" of the Unsung factory where they were being made. So... FYI - there ARE "fake" as well as "unlicensed" Epiphone guitars out there...
     
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