Is this Les Paul Classic a Fake?

smuc

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Hi Everyone,

My first post here so really appreciate your help!

I have one Les Paul Classic in my town for sale, so I was doing the due diligence before pulling the trigger. The snot green inlays, tuners, uncovered humbuckers, 1960 on the pickguard, pots, the case, ABR-1 bridge, etc. point that it could be pretty much legit...

...except for the Serial number font.

I have not found a single photo of a 2001 Les Paul classic (or any other Les Paul in fact!) online that uses this type of font for a serial number. The serial number photo is not perfect but this one seems like a thin, stamped sans serif instead of a thick stamped serif that I would expect. The 0 and the 1 look completely different from what I have seen on all the 2001 Classics photos online.

Is this one a genuine one? Anyone ever seen this font?

Many many thanks!

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wally10

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Considering the headstock lay-out it looks pretty fake to me....part above the tuners looks to big..
the G should be a little in between g and d tuners , no 6 angle nuts on the tuners...
 

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Looking up some pictures on the net, I could be wrong....
 

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Looking pretty genuine from here, at least with the limited evidence provided...
 

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I’m gonna say real..... the pic of the headstock is at weird angle and some lens morphing makes it seem wonky.... the snot green inlays is a dead giveaway it’s real.
 

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Looks ok from here.

Fakes tend to have many deviations from the norm, not just one.
 

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Real



This guitar has press fits, the script is in a weird location on the headstock and it threw me off a little, but everything else looks legit. Stock it will have a metal plate mounting gibson labeled pots , and will have orange drop caps from the factory if you want further proof from the seller.


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P.S. if it's in your budget, don't pass on this guitar if passes the neck test.

Pluck the low e open and immediately bend the g up a step + at the 9th fret without plucking it, if the low e keeps pitch it's going to be a badass Classic
 
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DOes the lightish, streaky Rosewood seem odd for an alleged 2001?
 

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My number 1 is of similar vintage…

and it’s not even close…the 496r/500t setup may be the most misunderstood/underrated pup combo on earth

Especially at low [guitar] volume using the amp to drive decibels ..

this era of classics is spectacular imho

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Hi Everyone,

My first post here so really appreciate your help!

I have one Les Paul Classic in my town for sale, so I was doing the due diligence before pulling the trigger. The snot green inlays, tuners, uncovered humbuckers, 1960 on the pickguard, pots, the case, ABR-1 bridge, etc. point that it could be pretty much legit...

...except for the Serial number font.

I have not found a single photo of a 2001 Les Paul classic (or any other Les Paul in fact!) online that uses this type of font for a serial number. The serial number photo is not perfect but this one seems like a thin, stamped sans serif instead of a thick stamped serif that I would expect. The 0 and the 1 look completely different from what I have seen on all the 2001 Classics photos online.

Is this one a genuine one? Anyone ever seen this font?

Many many thanks!

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Looks legit to me...let's see inside the control cavity!
 

Christosterone

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Not only real but gorgeous also! Love the top on that Lester …

100% agree
i love when Gibson does true brown fades…

It never ceases to amaze me how perfect they can create the burst transitions…
Gibson has a ton of very highly skilled painters/faders on staff…

I can only [kinda] replicate it doing pass after pass with hand-worked dye and have never sprayed gibson level fades…but I prefer hand dyeing so it’s ok…

very excited for @smuc if he gets it

the Classic cult is always looking for new members :h5:

-chris
 

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