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  1. InTheEvening

    New Les Paul. Possible fake pickups? Tampered? Debating returning.

    Thanks, that really helpful to know. I didn’t realize I had a good example. I almost returned it yesterday at the store, but last minute my gut just told me I’d regret giving this one up. So I brought it back home. I’ll see this one more guitar just to do my due diligence then call it a day...
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    New Les Paul. Possible fake pickups? Tampered? Debating returning.

    I bought it during the Presidents Day sale so I got a 15% discount. I asked if they’d be able to do any more discounts but understandably they couldn’t. But they said I could exchange for another new Les Paul and they’d honor the price. I won’t give this one up unless I find something I like as...
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    New Les Paul. Possible fake pickups? Tampered? Debating returning.

    Tried every standard 60’s they had (3 total) only one of them was as good as the one I have. But of course, it had wrong 50’s knobs on it lol, no a big deal but comes to show none of these are perfect...I’d be rolling the dice by ordering a new one sight unseen things get missed with both Gibson...
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    New Les Paul. Possible fake pickups? Tampered? Debating returning.

    Spoke to the manager over the phone, been working with him on my Les Paul hunt for a few weeks, really nice guy. He said I can exchange the guitar and he’ll order a brand new Standard 60’s in any finish I want and honor the discounted price if I’d like. Really appreciated that. I might take up...
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    New Les Paul. Possible fake pickups? Tampered? Debating returning.

    That’s good to know. I’m hoping it was just someone trying to alter the sound. Yeah, they seem to be okay from what others have said. You can see it here.
  6. InTheEvening

    New Les Paul. Possible fake pickups? Tampered? Debating returning.

    Thanks, hopefully that’s what they were trying to do. When I looked it up, people said flipping the pickup didn’t change the phase, just the orientation of the pickup. Though I’m sure that still has some effect on the tone I had understood that Peter Greene’s quack was from flipping the magnet...
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    New Les Paul. Possible fake pickups? Tampered? Debating returning.

    Thanks, I think I needed some reassurance on here. My biggest fear and concern was having a tampered guitar, e.g. pickup swapped, wiring Tampered with. But since it seems like it was just the flipped pickup, but all original I’m not as bothered. I got a nice 15% discount which is great, but I...
  8. InTheEvening

    New Les Paul. Possible fake pickups? Tampered? Debating returning.

    Yeah, aesthetically this guitar really impressed me. It def stuck out on the rack. Yeah this is where it gets a big complicated. I bought it Presidents Day weekend when they offered 15% off on everything. So I got a really good deal on it for $2125. I doubt they’ll lower the price much further...
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    New Les Paul. Possible fake pickups? Tampered? Debating returning.

    Yeah, at this point I got close to their used Les Paul price. So I prob won’t get much more off, which I’m okay with. I’m just happy to know the pickups and wiring are all original and mot tampered. That’s really what I was concerned about, if someone had swapped pickups or tampered with the...
  10. InTheEvening

    New Les Paul. Possible fake pickups? Tampered? Debating returning.

    Thanks for taking a look, I feel much better having double checked with you guys. I really don’t mind a pickup being flipped, but a pickup change or messing with the wiring or some other tampering was a big concern. So I feel much better knowing all of that is intact and the way it was when it...
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    New Les Paul. Possible fake pickups? Tampered? Debating returning.

    Thanks, how much of a discount can I reasonably expect? I used their Presidents day 15% off coupon, the day I bought it. So it was discounted to $2125 when I bought it. Can I ask them to discount it further? I could have easily ordered a brand new mint model online with the same discount that...
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    New Les Paul. Possible fake pickups? Tampered? Debating returning.

    Thanks for taking a look, that’s really reassuring to hear. I trust you guys far more than any of the techs at the Guitar Center.
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    New Les Paul. Possible fake pickups? Tampered? Debating returning.

    Just got home. Here’s pictures of the back control cavity. Hopefully the pictures are okay, I don’t have the best lighting. But let me know if you need to see something better. I also forgot to mention, when they were correcting the pickup position for me at the store, they had to take the...
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    New Les Paul. Possible fake pickups? Tampered? Debating returning.

    Appreciate all the responses, help and pictures guys. I’m gonna post some pics of the back and respond back to everyone as soon as I get back home tonight. The pickup pictures were reassuring to see, I’m glad to hear that at least they match up. As for Guitar Center, I don’t mind if my guitar...
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    New Les Paul. Possible fake pickups? Tampered? Debating returning.

    Stickers match, that’s good. The Gibson USA stamp isn’t there, but I guess that can vary?
  16. InTheEvening

    New Les Paul. Possible fake pickups? Tampered? Debating returning.

    It’s my first Gibson. I’ve got teles and a few super strats but I’m not familiar enough with Gibsons to know it was flipped just from looking. It’s also not something you look for, I checked out the frets, neck, nut, fretboard and binding...all the stuff that usually have issues. But I didn’t...
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    New Les Paul. Possible fake pickups? Tampered? Debating returning.

    No I appreciate you bringing it up. I’m not bothered by the flip but I want to make sure everything is original and as it should be. Yeah, I got is new. I got a small discount for their Preidents Day sale but it was sold as brand new. Like I said, if those are the original pickups I won’t...
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    New Les Paul. Possible fake pickups? Tampered? Debating returning.

    Hi guys! So a few of you might know I recently got a new Les Paul standard 60’s from Guitar Center. It’s an awesome guitar, but after bringing it home I found out the bridge pickup was put in backwards, as seen here. At first I assumed this was a Gibson QC issue or factory mistake but I got...
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    In praise of The New Originals!

    Thanks! Glad to hear you’re enjoying yours too! These tribursts all look amazing. I love the top and the feel on mine, Hopefully I can figure out the pickup situation and get to playing soon.
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    In praise of The New Originals!

    Yeah, that’s my fear. It’s a bit fishy and odd to find a flipped pickup on a guitar sold as new, especially since it was flipped AFTER it left the factory. At the least the store could prob tell me if it was bought/returned or if I was the first buyer. Yeah, I’ll hopefully go tomorrow or early...


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