Hi Guys, Great info here. I recently received a Epi Les Paul Custom from a seller on ebay. This seller was US, good feedback, reasonable shipping and told me that the guitar was legit, and if I found it not to be legit, they would refund my money and shipping both ways. The serial number checked out. See the listing here: Epiphone Les Paul Custom Authorized By Gibson Black - eBay (item 150239896642 end time May-01-08 16:30:00 PDT) I was also inquiring with what turned out to be a Chinese ebay seller about an Epi LP Slash and got some photos (attached). Check out the fantastic deals on his web site. MyMusia. You can get a Gibson LP for $259.00. Notice that the attached photo of the Standard Slash has the same SN as the Black Custom on the ebay listing. The guitar dater project website accepts this number as either a Custom or a Standard with the same result. I assume this feature of the algorithm is not functional or there are no data concerning the model this SN was manufactured under. I received the Custom guitar from the ebay seller and I am pretty pleased, but I am not certain it is legit. It does have a US inspection sticker on it, tag and user manual, cord and trussrod allen wrench, but the trussrod cover has "Les Paul" "Custom" painted on it with very poor quality in the letters. It is almost as if it moved during either silk screening or painting whichever method was used. I guess a genuine Epi could also have this minor flaw slip through as well, but I am suspicious. The ebay seller is working with Gibson to try to resolve the authenticity of this guitar, but I may have to take it to the local shop to be absolutely sure. Any thoughts any of you have would be greatly appreciated.