The Fake Epiphone Thread II

Discussion in 'Epiphone Les Pauls' started by Sinmastah, Jan 26, 2009.

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  1. denimcatfish

    denimcatfish Senior Member

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    Here to stay for a while. I'm not sure when I'm going back.. or if I'm going back. Life's a little easier here. Haha tingnan ko if I go back to US kung bebentahan ko (forgive my Tagalog if it's not good). For now, I just really wanted to have a great sounding (and looking) guitar.
     
  2. Sinmastah

    Sinmastah Epi Verification Expert V.I.P. Member

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    This Les Paul is legit, if anyone wants to buy :naughty:
     
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  4. Sinmastah

    Sinmastah Epi Verification Expert V.I.P. Member

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    That is a really badly made guitar either way, not sure.
     
  5. GNR4EVR

    GNR4EVR Epi Verification Expert V.I.P. Member

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    Wow, sloppy on the name on the headstock, I think thats probably a quality control issue, more than likely real.
     
  6. 'Suburban' Marcel

    'Suburban' Marcel Junior Member

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    What about this one?

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  7. Sinmastah

    Sinmastah Epi Verification Expert V.I.P. Member

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    Legit...
     
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    yeah..i know... :hmm:
    there a 2 man who is BLURRIN around... :laugh2::laugh2::laugh2::laugh2::laugh2:
     
  9. Sinmastah

    Sinmastah Epi Verification Expert V.I.P. Member

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    Cool, thanks.:thumb: I wont be bidding.
     
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    Saw this on eBay and I looked through this thread and checked everything...

    1) The "h" in Epiphone is slightly to the right of the center of the headstock
    2) The knobs line up with the screw in the pickguard
    3) Truss rod cover is bell shaped and uses TWO screws

    I thought I did my homework but then after I bought it I found this on Gibson's website concerning serial numbers:

    Epiphone Elite/Elitist models
    FYSSSS
    F= Factory Code (this code will be an "F" or "T")
    Y= Year of manufacture (2 = 2002, 3 = 2003, etc.)
    SSSS= Sequential Serial Number
    Example - T41234 is a 2004 Elitist model.

    You can see the serial number on this guitar is F600048. The Gibson info above says the sequential serial number is FOUR digits and mine has FIVE.

    Also, this guitar was a factory second because of a minor blemish on the finish. I didn't think a fake would go to the trouble of stamping the back of the headstock as a factory second. But who knows.

    What concerns me is the serial number being one extra digit.

    UPDATE:

    Sorry but I freaked out when I saw the extra digit. The Guitar Project website says that the length of my serial number is OK. The Gibson site doesn't gave the latest info and I freaked!

    The Guitar Project website says:

    Guitar Info
    Your guitar was made at the
    Fuji-gen Plant, Japan
    2006
    Production Number: 00048


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    Andy
     

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  12. Sinmastah

    Sinmastah Epi Verification Expert V.I.P. Member

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    No offense, but yu havn't been around a long time. That is an Epi Elitist, as you stated. It was MIJ, and is an amazing guitar, and not fake. Whats the price? Since it's a used second it's probably a great deal.
     
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    Should I delete the post? I paid $609

    I didn't think that was bad considering the street price was about $1200 when they were selling new. Actualy, it's a new "second" supposedly.
     
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    Sinmastah Epi Verification Expert V.I.P. Member

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    Great price. No need to delete it at all. Nice job, an have fun with the GT.
     
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    Yes i know, sinmastah has already told me what he thiks (real) and im taking his word.... Just want second thoughts an opinions


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  16. Murray

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    Hi guys

    Ok, I was dumb and didn't do my research before ordering an Epiphone Les Paul Custom Plus from an on-line supplier. Having looked on here and seeing the apparent problem worldwide with fakes, how can I tell if the guitar I have is real or otherwise?

    Having looked closely at it now, I see a few things that would make me suspicious, however I may just be paranoid now! Having played it, it plays well and the sound isn't shoddy. The action feels good etc., but having been a strat player all my life I have no idea what to look for.

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  17. Sinmastah

    Sinmastah Epi Verification Expert V.I.P. Member

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    Looks fine.
     
  18. Murray

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    It actually sounds ok...

    I took a picture of the body cavity and it looks as solid as I'd expect (and the weight seems about right).

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    I've been told on another forum that the seller is known to sell fakes, but as this one goes it seems pretty good (note the quality issues on the banding one the left hand side of the head, the offset logo slightly under the tuning peg, odd spacing in the diamond, but it does play ok, so perhaps I upgrade the pups and wiring and keep it!
     
  19. Sinmastah

    Sinmastah Epi Verification Expert V.I.P. Member

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    :shock:

    I might be wrong...

    What is up with that wiring? Is that stock?
     

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