The Fake Epiphone Thread II

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

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    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?
     
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    - 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

    - tunerbushings
    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

    - shape
    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

    - pickguard
    on many fakes the pickguard (close to the 20-22st fret) is way to close to the edge of the cutaway#

    - wiring
    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

    http://www.mylespaul.com/threads/the-fake-epiphone-thread-ii.31153/page-796


    that's all I can think of right now
     
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    paruwi Kraut-Rocker Super Mod Premium Member

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    See the first post of this thread (scroll down)

    and here:

    The New FAKE Epi thread
     
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    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?

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    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
     
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    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.
     
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    Were are they? Did they fall victim to photobucket too? I wouldn't be surprised.
     
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    legit 92 Samick made Epi
    older korean Epis are 'different'
     
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    Done :thumb:

    LOL, this serial# is widespread...

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    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.
     
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    Don't buy it - it is a FAKE

    and

    Welcome here @ M L P
     
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    Thanks for your reply, what makes you 100% sure it's fake?
     
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    • 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...:naughty:
     
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    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.
     

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