The Fake Epiphone Thread II

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

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  1. paruwi

    paruwi Kraut-Rocker Super Mod Premium Member

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    this are real ones...
    [​IMG]

    If you don't believe me, feel free to ask the customer-Service guys in the Netherlands
    and hope to get one of the knowledgeable ones like Stijn V (hopefully he still works there)


    Service.Europe@gibson.com

     
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    even if you totally disregard everything else, the font for the EE is bolder and larger than the numbers which is a dead giveaway that it’s a fake.

    If you are able, get a hold of the seller and let him/her know and get your money back. If you like the guitar, it plays well and you didn’t pay a lot, enjoy it but just don’t be a douche and try to sell it off as something it’s not. It sucks to find this stuff out and before I knew that they were faking Epiphones like they were Gibson’s, I was taken too. I vowed to learn everything I could about spotting them. Pawrui indirectly taught me a lot, basically everything I know about spotting them. I as well as several other folks respect his knowledge and enthusiasm for these guitars. I can without a doubt say that he would never steer you wrong on purpose and I’ve never seen him call out a guitar as fake that was genuine.
     
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    Thanks a lot to you for the advise and evidences. I will report it as a fake :-(
     
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    Hey guys, this one seems legit to me but it's my first real guitar and I'm a bit OCD.
    Another question, the serial number stamped on the headstock is kinda hard to read, but I'm pretty sure it says F354401. Is there a website to locate when its made? I know one place I tried said 2003 but that had to be wrong as this model wasnt around until 2009 (i think). Tried contacting Epiphone but 2 days later still waiting on reply.
    Cheers for any info.
     

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    Hi,
    Welcome here @ MyLesPaul-forum

    Your Tribute+ looks absolute legit to me

    here is more information about the serial#

    Epiphone serial-number-information
     
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    Thank you Paruwi!
     
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    Thanx ppl. I decided to buy from a big seller in Frankfurt, and I am going home with my beautiful Epiphone Les Paul Standard back to Brazil. Now I'm going to take some lessons. Rocksmith alone isn't working. :)
     
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    Session ?
     
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    Hello guys, I'm new to the My Les Paul forum and first I'd like to thank the authors and everyone else for the contributions, awesome thread. I've learned a lot on how to spot a fake Epi. But now I'm not sure about this one I'm after, can you please help me? The seller didn't had any more pictures so I asked him for more to see the serial number, body and headstock bindings. If I remember right those antique ivory LPs were made circa 2006~2008.
     

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    paruwi Kraut-Rocker Super Mod Premium Member

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    we need the additional pics to make a call on it

    and

    Welcome here @ MyLesPaul
     
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    Yeah. Did a mistake? O____O
     
  13. paruwi

    paruwi Kraut-Rocker Super Mod Premium Member

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    No, you did not....

    we just need more pics to help you
     
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    Hi fellas, I've been given a les paul custom in a trade(can return it if need be as a family friend) I've checked the usual bits and I think it look real. the pictures at the beginning of the thread are gone so I can't double check. would you be kind enough to give me your opinion if it' fake or not.
     

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    paruwi Kraut-Rocker Super Mod Premium Member

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    Sorry, this is a FAKE

    nearly all the known signs show up
     
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    hi thanks for that. can you explain why you've come to that decision ? just so I know for future reference as I don't think it looked bad except the serial and round bridge posts.
     
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    The first post of this thread shows pics to compare

    • Big fat EE in the serial#
    • ranking# way to high for this time 75447
    • rounded studs
    • wide binding
    • screw on the Pickguard misplaced
    • big tuner-washers
     
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    yeah I viewed that but the pictures wouldn' load. noted rounded studs and ee serial seemed bolder but uniform in height. I liked the knobs up woth the pickguard screw so I assumed that was correct.
     
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    The PG screw is actually another indicator. It is too close to the outside edge. Compare to the location on a known good one, and you’ll see it’s closer to the outside by 1/4” at least.
     

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