The (un)Official Fake Gibson Thread

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-=[Shifty]=-;1472996 said:
Yup. They're even Slash approved. :cool::laugh2:

Thanks.
This means I'm also a dick for not buying it for $1100 shipped. :thumb:
 

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A recent counterfeit Les Paul... "looks" pretty darned good... next week they'll get the bridge and logo slant right.

This one is for sale by me for $2500.
 

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What's gonna be sweet is when the powers that be manage to stamp out fake gibbys and you can't buy em new anymore. Then, they'll be more rare than real ones, and prolly worth more.
 

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A recent counterfeit Les Paul... "looks" pretty darned good... next week they'll get the bridge and logo slant right.

This one is for sale by me for $2500.

Yeah, I saw that, I would have almost called it legit, but something just wasn't right about it. I felt that the headstock looked a little like an Epiphone, maybe?
 
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Saying that the 3-piece top is legit because Slash uses one is kinda funny considering his three favorite axes are Les Paul Copies. The only 3-piece tops that I have seen in the last 20 years are on the Curly Maple Standards that came out in the early 90's. I am guessing that was because it was left over wood from customs and stuff. The only way to check if it is a copy would require more pictures of every part of the guitar and cavities. The copies are becoming more and more exact every time I see one. They have even gone to the proper ink stamps for serial numbers now on custom shops and reissues. I saw one recently that was almost perfect. It had Gibson pickups, proper bridge posts, CTS pots, neat wiring, etc. It even had copied paperwork. If it wasn't for the fact that it didn't have a bullet truss rod adjuster you wouldn't have known. It didn't have the binding nub's either, but the guy could have said it was refretted. If whoever made that guitar starts using bullet truss rod adjusters we are really going to be in trouble. I have many Les Pauls and have been into them for many years. If my band had made it in the early 80's I could have been the Gibson saviour that Slash ended up being. I have to admit, however, that I do own one of these said copies. I also have to admit that it is a really well made guitar. It has fancy inlay work like my real Gibson Ultima and, believe it or not, the inlay work is done better. I have seen really lousy copies as well. I guess it all comes down to the guy who actually made the guitar. The chinese guy who made my copy must have been more skilled or cared more than the american guy who made my Ultima. What I am getting at is that if you are buying a guitar on the internet I think you are taking your chances whether the guitar is real or a copy. I personally feel that the only way to buy a guitar is to get her in your hands. If she fits caress her and take her home.
 

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  1. Wasn't there a thread recently about the 3 hole truss rod covers? I think someone said that there actually are some examples of real Gibsons with the three hole.
  2. Why would someone copy an Epiphone?
  3. If you bought a good Gibson copy and it played and sounded as good or better than a real one, was made of good wood and looked good, would it really matter?
 

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  1. Wasn't there a thread recently about the 3 hole truss rod covers? I think someone said that there actually are some examples of real Gibsons with the three hole.
  2. Why would someone copy an Epiphone?
  3. If you bought a good Gibson copy and it played and sounded as good or better than a real one, was made of good wood and looked good, would it really matter?

Why would someone copy an Epi?

There are large numbers of Epi guitars changing hands on a regular basis and I would assume that typically people will be less guarded about verifying the authenticity of a $500 guitar versus a $2,000 guitar.

Ironically, the fact that you asked this question is itself justification for them to copy them because many people simply would not expect it.
 

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Why would someone copy an Epi?

There are large numbers of Epi guitars changing hands on a regular basis and I would assume that typically people will be less guarded about verifying the authenticity of a $500 guitar versus a $2,000 guitar.

Ironically, the fact that you asked this question is itself justification for them to copy them because many people simply would not expect it.

http://www.mylespaul.com/forums/epiphone-les-pauls/12286-fake-epiphone-thread.html

http://www.mylespaul.com/forums/epiphone-les-pauls/31153-fake-epiphone-thread-ii.html
 

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