Fake Chinese Gibson LP Custom?

Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by Led Sabblin, Jan 29, 2012.

  1. iluvfender

    iluvfender Member

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    thats the first fake I seen with the correct 2 screw truss rod cover. usually they have 3 ...dead givaway, first thing most folks look at..hmmm
     
  2. hikingbear

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    wow, Just looking at the headstock I wouldn't have guessed it was a fake.
    I do have a gibson SG and my Gibson hardshell case looks much better than that.
     
  3. Drew68

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    Actually, the 3-screw TRC is pretty rare these days. Most of the fakes I see have two screws. For me, the most obvious giveaway is an Asian Tune-O-Matic bridge where the posts have screw slots in the top. Every Asian guitar it seems has these --as well as every fake Gibson I've seen.

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    Gibson Tune-O-Matic:

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    (pics found on the 'net and the top guitar is quite likely an Epiphone)

    If you see a 'Gibson' with the Asian-style bridge, run away!
     
  4. iluvfender

    iluvfender Member

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    No it is not rare to see a 3 hole truss rod cover on the fake Gibsons. Google it. It's one of the first things they tell you to look for.
     
  5. Drew68

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    Yes and it's horrible misinformation. It leads buyers into a false sense of security thinking that if they found a Gibson with a 2 screw TRC, that it's real. Chinese counterfeiters haven't been using 3 screws TRCs for years.

    In addition to a generally "off" appearance (cutaways look strange, knobs are in the wrong place or not lined up, etc.) the most telltale signs are, as I mentioned before, the Asian TOM. I've never seen a fake Gibson with an American TOM. Additionally, look for a lack of fret-end binding on the fretboard, a scarf joint neck/headstock construction, a waterslide 'Gibson' logo and creme control covers.

    You can see fake Gibsons all day long that have 2 screw TRCs over at http://fibsons.com/
     
  6. gtraddict

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    There was one on my local craiglist, guy called him out on it. He took it off
     

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