- Jun 25, 2015
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If true there is no difference between a guitar built from unfinished parts, stolen from the Gibson factory, or a counterfeit guitar built from raw materials.It is also my understanding that there were also unfinished bodies and necks that went out the door in other ways too, like employees. And there were shops in the area that routinely sold "new" guitars that we made from these bodies and necks. True?
There is in fact nothing special about an unfinished body or neck made at the Gibson factory, compared to an identical object made in someone's shop, provided that the same materials are used.
A Gibson is only authentic after it's assigned a serial number and after it passes the famous Gibson QC.
Another problem with guitars that are supposedly built from unfinished parts stolen from the Gibson factory is that there's no reliable authentication process. The buyer has to believe the story. And the story comes out of the mouth of a person who admits to be a willing participant in criminal activity. Not much credibility to support a story.
Oddly enough, I think it would be less of an offense, in the eyes of the law, to lie that a guitar was made from stolen parts and sell such guitar, than to sell any guitar that is actually made from stolen parts, without even mentioning anything about it. The mere possession of stolen property is a crime. Knowingly selling and buying stolen property is a felony.