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Discussion in 'Epiphone Les Pauls' started by Sinmastah, Jan 26, 2009.
OK, no one, at least I don't have the patience to read through 803 pages of this thread so.
Is there a select page(s) that give details to look for when trying to spot a fake?
- Headstock binding
on many fake customs the headstock binding is like half as thick as the headstock itself, you want a pretty thin binding on there
on many fakes the tuner bushings are unreasonably large
- tailpiece posts
on fakes the posts have a rounded top, on actual epiphones they are flat on the top
- truss rod cover font
the font on fakes is sometimes off
- serial number
on fakes the EE infront of the serial is bigger than the numbers, shouldnt be. the serialnumber font is off sometimes on fakes.
tip: all brand new epiphones have now got stamped serial numbers (AFAIK)
- knob alignment
if you draw a line from the neck vol to the neck tone and same with the bridge controls, they should be parallel
some fakes have the knob way to close to the tailpiece
look closely at where the body (the upper part) meets the neck. the lower horn is often done wrong with fakes to
- sticker on the back
many fakes have a sticker on the back that says "100% sct up ...." the sct is wrong and it should say set
on many fakes the pickguard (close to the 20-22st fret) is way to close to the edge of the cutaway#
look at the wiring and pots and compare it to a legit epiphone
some example pictures are here: http://www.mylespaul.com/threads/the-fake-epiphone-thread-ii.31153/page-801
that's all I can think of right now
See the first post of this thread (scroll down)
The New FAKE Epi thread
Hello there. There's this guitar on sale around here in Peru. It was imported from Japan, so it could come from one of those second hand shops or a flea market or that kind of thing.
The guy says it's an Epi LP studio.
Now, here's the catch. The headstock looks like a Gibson. The details don't look like those of a common Epi Studio, I might be wrong though. And the biggest one. No serial number.
He wants 135 dollars.
Here are some pics of the axe. Is it legit?
though it is not made in Japan
it seems the body is an older MiK with a homemade headstock-job
and probably a D-I-Y paintjob, too
There are few useful pages but I fear they will have fallen victim to photobucket's greed. I've put up a few pics of things to spot.
Were are they? Did they fall victim to photobucket too? I wouldn't be surprised.
A few red flags on this to my eye, just looking for a 2nd opinion....
legit 92 Samick made Epi
older korean Epis are 'different'
Mind reporting this for me guys?
LOL, this serial# is widespread...
I'd appreciate some help I've found a nice les paul pretty sure it's genuine but i'd appreciate some help. The guy said it's a 2010 but i think he's just referring to the year he bought it as the year it was made but the serial code says 2008. Any help appreciated.
I'm not the expert here, but I see a couple of possible signs of "fake" here. The knob placement and headstock logo look suspect in the pics. The serial number appears to begin with an over sized EE, which I understand to be a sign of fake. Plus, this Epi model is frequently faked. I hope paruwi will chime in here.
Don't buy it - it is a FAKE
Welcome here @ M L P
Thanks for your reply, what makes you 100% sure it's fake?
The serial# (big fat EE)
The body-binding (too thick on the top)
The rounded studs of the tailpiece
Big tuner washers
Location of the €piphone label on the headstock
and there are a few more...
Hey guys, first post here. I am about to go look at this, possibly today. I don't want to be jaded and say this is a fake, but I am trading a collectable LTD Explorer that I got for an insane low price, so it will be an incredible deal if it's legit. It looks good to me, and I already own several Epi les Pauls.
yep, it seems to be fine
Thanks for the welcome. Supposed to pick it up 2-3 hours from now. I am pretty excited. It will be my third Epi Les Paul, of four. The fourth is a Dillion Korean Quilt top. The serial looked legit to me once I saw it, and thanks for the second opinion.