Impossible Challenge - How to Make a Genuine Gibson Look Fake?

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How to make a LP instantly look fake:
Put it in a big ass Styrofoam box wrapped in yellow tape then get a middle aged man with his ass hanging out of his jeans to slowly cut through the tape with a box cutter.

When unboxed get him to say 'this will be a great guitar once I have changed the pickups, wiring, tuners, bridge and nut'

Boom, instant fake looking LP
 
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Yes. Sorry, I read on the internet, a few posts up that it's a fake.
Dang. Anyone want to buy it? Say.... $50. Now that I know it’s a fake I just want to get rid of it.
:rofl: :rofl:





Seriously, though.... that’s not my pic. I just posted it to make a point.
 

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How to make a LP instantly look fake:
Put it in a big ass Styrofoam box wrapped in yellow tap then get a middle aged man with his ass hanging out of his jeans to slowly cut through the tape with a box cutter.

When unboxed get him to say 'this will be a great guitar once I have changed the pickups, wiring, tuners, bridge and nut'

Boom, instant fake looking LP
Perfect ! :rofl:
 

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This thread is ranking in the Top #10 in China now :rofl:
They CAN make perfect Gibson copies.
They choose not to.
Fenders are, due to their Lego-like nature, the easiest guitars on the planet to fake.
But faked Fenders are generally the worst and easiest to spot.
They don't care, because their target buyers are either people who don't care and simply want something cheap with the name brand on the headstock (and nobody on the dance floor is going to care if it's a fake).... and their other target is the new player (or their parents) who do now know what to look for in a fake... or do not even know that fakes exist.
 

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Their target market doesn’t use English letters.

The Asian market is huge.
 

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This is a purely hypothetical question. I know, no one would ever want to do that, but just for argument's sake...

What could we do to a genuine Gibson to fool someone into thinking it's a fake?

For whatever reason, this crazy thought happened to pop into my mind, today, and I think there's no way to achieve this.

Let's say you wanted to have a Gibson appear to be a good fake. This means that it would have to look like some master counterfeiter was trying to make it look real, so it would have to have genuine Gibson components. If it was, hypothetically speaking, a great counterfeit, there would always have to be something that would not look right, so an expert would be able to tell it is a fake.

So, now, if we wanted to fool an expert into thinking that a real Gibson was just a good fake, what would we do to it?

I really can't think of anything that one could do.

It's hopeless, LOL.
hmmmm, good question. Perhaps Tom Murphy would be good to ask, he as experience with making a real gibson faked to look like a real 1959, I mean imitated, I mean replicating, actually....ahhhh, I just confused myself.
 
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Their target market doesn’t use English letters.

The Asian market is huge.
Again... a target market that doesn't care whether or not it is real.
 
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How to make a real LP look fake? No broken headstock repair. :io:
 

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Well, I'm glad no one slammed me for starting such a silly thread. I was happy to find some hilarious replies.

I really like this one.

Mask and tint the back of the headstock to make it look like it has a scarf joint.
That's really funny.

I like this one, too.

The first thing I thought of was the bridge with screws which someone else said very early on. Another really easy thing would be an "off" truss-rod cover to say something like "Les Paul" in script, and then underneath that have "Standard" in block letters. Maybe even also mis-spell "Standard". How about adding some Chinese writing in the control cavity?
This one with the yellow tape is priceless.

Put it in a big ass Styrofoam box wrapped in yellow tape then get a middle aged man with his ass hanging out of his jeans to slowly cut through the tape with a box cutter.

When unboxed get him to say 'this will be a great guitar once I have changed the pickups, wiring, tuners, bridge and nut'

Boom, instant fake looking LP
Here are some ideas I came up with, after reading through the replies.

I'm thinking it would be fairly easy to enlarge and slightly deepen the control cavity. The rear hole of the switch cavity could also be enlarged, as if it had been drilled out with a metric size forstner bit. In both cases one would have to enlarge those cavities slightly beyond the existing screw holes for the covers. New covers would have to be made and those coudl be made from some thinner, or thicker plastic that is not the right kind of plastic.

If one would want to do some serious reworking, one could remove the fretboard and replace the original truss rod with a metric 2-way truss rod.

While on the subject of the fretboard I guess it would be fairly easy to remove the inlays and replace them with inlays that are made from some other material.

Change the fretboard radius to 16 inch and refret.

Replace bass side neck binding with new binding that has smaller diameter fret markers.

Thanks, guys, for pitching in your ideas.

Now I'm running off to my workshop to do some mods on my Gibson guitars.

The purpose of this venture: Should someone still my guitars the bastard won't get much money for them, LOL.
 

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The easiest and most obvious.

Buy a 'three screw' truss rod cover from the internet.
Cut off two screw heads and glue them onto the two holes closest to the nut.

Remove the original Gibson factory truss rod cover, and install the fake one using just the top screw.

Instant fake!

:)
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This is a purely hypothetical question. I know, no one would ever want to do that, but just for argument's sake...

What could we do to a genuine Gibson to fool someone into thinking it's a fake?

For whatever reason, this crazy thought happened to pop into my mind, today, and I think there's no way to achieve this.

Let's say you wanted to have a Gibson appear to be a good fake. This means that it would have to look like some master counterfeiter was trying to make it look real, so it would have to have genuine Gibson components. If it was, hypothetically speaking, a great counterfeit, there would always have to be something that would not look right, so an expert would be able to tell it is a fake.

So, now, if we wanted to fool an expert into thinking that a real Gibson was just a good fake, what would we do to it?

I really can't think of anything that one could do.

It's hopeless, LOL.
Take a 1959 Burst, put chromed hardware on it, replace the pots, and replace the PAFs with anything at all. The combination of Gibson serial number chaos and chrome will convince many that it's a '71-'74.

A knowledgeable collector will spot the spec differences (no pancake body, neck profile, volute), but I bet most would guess wrong, except the hopefuls who only look at the serial number and always assume they've discovered a '57 while looking at an early '70s guitar...
 


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