- Aug 14, 2010
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Interesting and well said. Where would you scale my 1980 Burny FLG240? Custom order, 240k yen in 1980 equals 2400 USD in 1980. There's only 2 of these accounted for, both outside of Japan. That's a solid top btw.I think some distinction between the various terminology describing a 'replica' should be established to avoid confusion. Here's how I see it...
LP Replica: An expertly crafted, luthier built re-creation of an original 1950's Les Paul model. Accurate specs, measurements, construction methods and selection of authentic looking, era-correct woods and materials. Meticulous recreation of parts and/or hardware in some cases, sophisticated aging techniques, correct vintage carves and routings. An affordable solution for those who may own (or had once owned) or who aspired to own an original Les Paul, but want one to enjoy, without the worry of being the custodian of a 'burst. For those who love vintage Golden-era 1950's Gibsons, it is as good as it gets, and sometimes so good you can at least convince yourself that you have a vintage original. In some respects a replica invariably could be a much better guitar than a vintage one.
LP Build: A custom made luthier built (or self built) rendition or emulation of a Les Paul 'concept'. May not be 100% anally accurate compared to a Replica, but certainly on a par with the build quality, attention to detail and build methods. Could be considered a 'custom ordered' guitar, with particular criteria laid down from the outset by the player to the builder - ie: specific neck profile, frets and so on. A player might prefer Mother Of Pearl inlays over Celluloid, or maybe a Limba body/neck with a Sycamore top. Gold hardware on a Standard. Whatever - fill your boots. The sky is the limit.
LP Copy: A MIJ, (or other) mass-produced, more affordable version of a Les Paul concept. Think Tokai, Orville, Burny, etc. Thanks to RyanC for pointing out below that there is a huge gap between well built MIJ (Tokai?) and 'other' Les Paul copies. Anyone remember CLS and Columbus copies? Bolt on necks! We players (young and forever young), are SOooo lucky today to have many more choices for obtaining a decent guitar - copies, custom builds and replicas alike.
A Fake: In most cases, a 'Replica' which has (either intentionally or unknowingly) been SOLD as an 'original' vintage instrument in the marketplace. Rarely will a replica be sold as an original by the primary owner. It usually degrades to this after 2 or more owners decide they need to make a fast buck and feel they can try to fool the world along the way. Not financially viable for the original builder, but probably the biggest ego and kudos-boost for them I would think!
I'll probably get shit loads of stick for this, but in reference to the OP - this is how I would distinguish the term 'replica' from being confused with a plethora of copies and imitations. I'm bound to have missed something from the above so feel free to add...