- Apr 29, 2009
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You can’t compare 59 to today. Back then would have to look hard just to find one to look at. They were a couple hundred bucks, there were no forgeries and Gibson had a hard time selling them so they were discontinued. Today is a whole different world. Gibson is making thousands of them at much higher prices, there are some people making frauds that look authentic. You can’t be sure it’s real without the COA. Personally with so many used ones for sale I wouldn’t settle for something that has a question mark when there are so many others to chose from. IMHODid the original “59” have a COA? Hmmmmm......
I believe the census on where guitars like max, derrig, et al is pretty well established.
And correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't think anyone is trying to pass true high end builds off as CS Reissues, are they?
To you point about verification by Gibson, I contacted Jon Sutherland at Gibson customer service who says he can verify via email with the guitar's serial number and "detailed picturess". Gibson won't provide a replacement COA, but will reply via email confirming the guitar's authenticity.
$1500 off for no COA isn't bad!I couldn't care less about the COA.... But my R0, they "lost" the paperwork. The guitar was new from an authorized dealer, I got $1,500.00 off. The guitar itself was perfect in every way. I jumped on the deal. Guess what? I love the guitar and don't miss the COA at all.