LP, Black with a white headstock: What is it?

fido8751

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I am looking at a dark grainy picture of an LP (no description), that appears to have a white headstock and a black body. What is it? Looks like chrome hardware and binding too.

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yeah, the head stock is all wrong (shape wise)
 

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Now that you mention it, I'd have to agree.

It's for sale at an estate sale. I could open up the electronics and have a peek. The fakes usually have some pretty crappy and colorful wiring.

The Gibson logo looks a little odd to me, but that photo is pretty bad.
 

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Headstock looks like the wrong shape and the logo is tilted to sharp and too high. The headstock just looks like bare wood and reflecting light making it look white. TRC looks like it has three screws but hard to tell.
 

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Binding on back of body like a custom, but inlays look like trapezoids, not square. No split diamond inlay, and headstock looks all wrong. Hard to tell from that pic, but that doesn't look like an ebony board either. Pickguard seems wrong too, IMO. :hmm:
 

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It's a misplaced decal, I think.

Also, running it through image-processing, it clearly has no nibs, and with magnification it looks like the neck is a bolt-on, though I can't be sure.
 

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The body appears a little thin. I think it's a bolt-on neck based on the sharp corner at the top of the body (visible against the white baseboard of the wall) and how the binding ends abruptly. It may be a 70s Japanese bolt-on copy (Aria, Vantage, Memphis, etc.).
 

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That head stock is a dead give away. That ain't no Gibson. :shock:
 

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I doubt it's a typical fake/counterfeit. Looks to me like some sort of copy.
 

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The photo looks to be altered, making the top of the headstock look wrong. The color is off but light does funny things. -Rod-
 

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I curious now. i think we'll be going to this estate sale. There's other stuff for sale we are interested in anyway. If they let me open up the back-plate, I'll snap a pic and post. Should be good for educating people.
 

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The flash or a reflection can cause that "white" look on the headstock, especially in a crappy shot like that. I doubt it's white. Whether it's real or not is up to the experts. It looks like a black peanut with a hockeystick in it to me.....hahaha!!! Photographers that bad shouldn't do estate sale pics :)
 

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Yeah, whoever put on that fake decal angled it too much.
 

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Read and learn folks. Read and learn.

We went to the estate sale. Some folks that were there for their 2nd day said it had been pointed out that this was not a real Gibson. The $400 price sticker came off and now the guy was just telling people $200. I picked it up and played it. It felt fine. In fact it was on the heavy side. However, it twernt no LP.

The list (pictures are coming) of defects in the "Les Paul".

01. 1 screw truss rod cover.
02. Truss rod cover mounted flush with nut.
03. Gibson logo, just stuck on (not a decal, not inlayed).
04. Gibson logo at bad angle.
05. Fret board binding not covering ends of frets.
06. Neck bolted on.
07. Headstock too wide.
08. Epiphone tuners.
09. Tail piece, flat on top.
10. Screw head on pick-ups way too big.
11. Headstock not painted.
12. No Les Paul (in cursive) on headstock.
13. Hex nut used on pick-up toggle swtich
14. Strap buttons wrong.
15. Body, too thin.
The neck was rose wood but I'm not sure that's always a defect.

Someone mentioned the pick-guard. This one had been modified to be mounted directly to the top and the spacers lifted the back end up. I guess dude thought the angled bracket holder the pick-guard took away from the mystique.
 

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