Starr Guitar Works
- Aug 14, 2011
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Ah, gotcha now. Apologies.I've read all the posts before posting.
Maybe you misunderstood my post.
The "1" pictured below is stamped using the correct font with the horizontal line at the bottom of the digit. The "1" on the fake is missing that line. That was the obvious digit that I was referring to.
I actually came across a black Gibson Les Paul Custom with the serial number 02005560 about a year ago and the guy insisted that it was real although several people including me were pointing out the obvious tell signs. The guitar was in Belgium (were I live). Don't know what happened with it later on...Ah, gotcha now. Apologies.
By the way, if you come across other fakes, look out for the serial number beginning '02005' - Man, that was a busy day at the Chibson factory!
I have an ES-335 built in 2002 that suffers from this malady. I wondered why the headstock would be so lightly or faintly stamped, but a buddy of mine pointed out the lacquer issue that you stated.… the serial number … was added AFTER it was finished.. big red flag.. Gibson stamps them prior.. there’s even been some so buried in lacquer that it’s borderline illegible..
Not hard to figure out Gibson's S/N format.Thanks I appreciate your comments, I know it’s not real, in retrospect it was very dumb of me to pick it up, I’m just curious how they can make legit serials on these
I would correct this slightly and say "if the font is incorrect, it is FOR SURE a fake." For the uninitiated, also keep in mind that Gibson embosses the serial numbers (impresses them into the wood) where many fakes inscribe the serial numbers creating much "sharper" looking numbers. Only very very (very) rarely are Gibson's embossed numbers sharp and clear and NEVER as sharp as the ones on the OP's pictures. Exception is some or the Reissues where the serial number is inked on.If the font used for the serial number is incorrect, then the guitar is more than likely a fake. Does not matter if the numbers are arranged in a legit order and format. That was the point I was trying to make.