Here's what I see as being wrong and please correct me if I'm off base.
Tuning washers too big, should not be touching the diamond inlay, the "h" in Epiphone should be over to the right a bit.
Neck volume control should be under the stopbar, not over it. The tone controls are spaced too far from the volumes. Can't tell for sure but the stopbar seems too far from the bridge.
Can't see the auction guitar's properly but here is mine anyway.
Hope this helps.
Thanks for taking the time to post the pics along with your comments. Boy, I didn't imagine this would be as much trouble as it's turning out to be. Guess if I'm going to keep looking on Ebay I'll have to be pretty vigilant. Although, looking at some of the links that bellows1 posted most of those look more legit than the one I posted.
The sn Rick posted does appear that the EE are larger as well..
Well, maybe I'm better off checking with dave67 and seeing if that '99 is still available...
Rick, admittedly I know nothing about Epiphones ( or guitars for that matter), but going by your pictures about half of the Epi's on ebay are fake.
Gibson Epiphone Les Paul Ultra II Electric Guitar FC - eBay (item 350130560701 end time Nov-27-08 06:48:26 PST)
Gibson Epiphone Les Paul Custom Guitar - eBay (item 270306895658 end time Nov-27-08 12:00:00 PST)
Epiphone Les Paul Electric Guitar Seymour Duncan - eBay (item 130270348585 end time Nov-27-08 06:43:19 PST)
EPIPHONE LES PAUL FACTORY NEW EBONY WITH GOLD PICKUPS - eBay (item 130270294230 end time Nov-27-08 00:02:55 PST)
Epiphone Les Paul Custom Silverburst - eBay (item 170281210558 end time Nov-27-08 09:44:05 PST)
GIBSON EPIPHONE LES PAUL MODEL - eBay (item 260320261470 end time Nov-27-08 14:30:45 PST)
These are from the first 2 pages of "ending soonest".
Is it possible that Epi's have more than one configuration?
No need, its fake.Well, I contacted the seller and advised him I won't be paying because it appears his guitar is not legitimate. Not sure what direction this will go with him, but if it turns into a battle could I prove this without a doubt if he gives the SN?
I thought I read somewhere here that I could call into Epiphone to verify?
And when you get your refund, THEN report him. Someone else will end up being his victim then.Anyone can stamp a serial number on a guitar as easily as you can run a car with false plates - A serial number is no proof on genuine-ness whatsoever. To me this guitar is fake - Just tell him you are reporting it to eBay and Epiphone, he'll soon back down
NO worries, Roman- Youre the main Shizzle fo sho!If it is fake , you Epi guys are sharp.
I am not an Epi expert, I just know how to make them play well
Turns out after communicating with the original ebay seller, he backed right off. I told him I had reason to believe it was fake and I wouldn't be paying, and he said he understood, but said all his guitars are 'checked out' and it wasn't.
He agreed not to file an upaid strike against me, and even left me positive feedback taboot!