- Jun 26, 2010
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....if you can't tell a fake from a real one , you don't need a real one. any will do. trust me.
Still suprising that so many folks don't know the tell tale signs of an imposter.
good friend of mine nearly bought a fake over the weekend, and he owns a standard. Thankfully, He sent me a pic before he dropped down the cash. I don't even think he was aware of the counterfeiting issue with guitars when I told him to put the kabosh on the sale.
Fake question on first post.
No link to ad or auction.
Can't everyone smell that rat?
Yes, it's there.
Wasn't there a thread (from one of the mods?) once, that we should not answer that kind of first posts ..... not sure, but seem to remember something about it.
Unbelievable amount of 1st time posters asking if a Les Paul is real...!
Too bad we can't limit these requests. It is obviously a fake. We need to make a separate page for posters that need info on fakes that you get a simple yes or no and no reason why it would be a fake and maybe limit it to posters with 50 or 100 posts also. Better idea's anybody?
Better ideas? Yes.
Counterfeiting is a huge problem with Ibanez guitars as well and Jemsite has one master thread to post all "real or fake" questions. It's stickied, it gets attention, and any stand-alone thread asking for verification gets closed or deleted promptly.
As for the "suspicious first-time poster" issue, I really doubt that counterfeiters are coming on here posing as customers to educate themselves on luthiery. They don't want to make a fake that will fool educated buyers and Gibson experts, but rather a fake that will fool the ignorant. If you own a guitar factory in China, you have enough scratch to get a real JEM, Strat, or Les Paul and reverse-engineer it. You don't need us.
A plausible scenario with the first-time posters is that they're guitarists who know that counterfeits exist and want to protect themselves. So they google "fake Les Pauls" and get this forum. They just don't want to debate guard on or guard off, Standard v. Traditional, whatever. Not all hobbyists want to talk about their hobby on an internet forum.
It should be pointed out that if they actually start making fake Les Pauls that are indistinguishable from real Les Pauls by experts, that this --in fact -- would be absolutely freaking awesome.
I would personally love to buy a guitar identical to a Les Paul in every way but cheaper. I suppose if I worked for Les Paul I might have a different opinion, but luckily I don't.