How to spot a fake Gibson: You think you've seen it all?

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  1. stormin1155

    stormin1155 Member

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    A regular customer of mine brought this in to my shop for some fret work the other day along with several others (he owns over 100 guitars). From across the room I saw that it was a jumbo case that he was opening.... awww, a J-200, but wait, something wasn't quite right. He was quick to point out it wasn't a real Gibson. He had gotten it in a trade for what he figured was the equivalent of $150, and he liked the way it played and sounded, but it had some buzzes.

    Those of you who are J-200 experts will be quick to notice that the bridge is wrong, the back is obviously laminate, the rosette is wrong, the splice in the neck heel, and a bunch of other more obvious things. But let's dig a little deeper...
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    On a real Gibson the truss rod cover covers the truss rod access...
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    Real J-200 truss rods are not accessed trough the sound hole, covered by a gold sticker that says "Fine Guitar"
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    And here is the sure sign.... the inside label of a real Gibson J-200 doesn't read "This in strument is hereb GUARANTEED againts faulty workmanship and materials. Gibson Qualrry Instruments Since 1873"
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  2. Bossanova

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    I read that label out loud, that's racist!
     
  4. sbpark

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    Thats an awful example of a Gibson knock-off. Besides the bridge, it took a quarter second to see the fake label.
     
  5. Strat-cat

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  6. catalinagoose

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    They even write with an accent.
     
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  7. klatuu

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    That sticker is priceless.
     
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    I bought a Chinese made Gibson copy, $275 shipped. It's surprisingly well made and after a good setup it plays really well. I refused to let them put a Gibson inlay on it so it has my middle name "Starr" as the logo.

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    As for the misspelling. I work for a Japanese company and I hear this accent all the time and see the misspellings all the time too. One Japanese co-worker, who speaks very good English, explained to me that some sounds in English words don't exist in the Japanese so they don't even hear them. He said it was like someone turned on a switch when he heard some sounds, especially L, suddenly he could speak and write English words correctly.
     
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  9. sws1

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    Per the logo, that's not a Gibson. It's a Gibsan.
     
  10. Mars Rover

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    This made me sad for some reason. A new low. Now I'm gonna have a crappy day. :(
     
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  11. Scott Naylor

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    Hang in there, Mars Rover! How about find a real Gibson J-200, play your favorite tune, and make it a good day? :beer
     
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  12. kafka

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    Yes, and it's pronounced "Ghi-bu-san".
     
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    I'll add 2 cents here. During an apprenticeship I was in there was a fella who walked into the shop wanting a little fretwork to a Chinese "L-5" with the Gibson logo. (probably bought from a shady small shop I know of back in Chicago) He was bragging it up quite a bit, cost him $300, and he said it was custom ordered to "100% L-5 Specs." So, I gave him a soft schooling: It had a big metric nut in the truss cavity, the headstock angle was much more shallow at about 10 degrees, the scale length was 24 3/4 not the correct 25 1/2, the tailpiece was a cheap trapeze rather than solid form steel, the body top was maple laminate & way off, neck set was much higher, in the center right under the bridge was a big wood spacer from the body top to the bottom and there was no bracing at all on said top, and as for the fretwork he needed the neck hump at the 14th fret was so big that there was almost nothing left of a couple frets after a quick level. It did have fret nibs though, tobacco sunburst in poly and something sort of resembling ebony.


    Yeah, "nice guitar" if you didn't have a clue what it is supposed to be and didn't care about the warp I suppose.
     
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    Now we know the REAL reason Gibson's Qrality Contlol is so poor.
     
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  15. milli vanilli

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    That sticker should be a t shirt. For sale. That I can buy.
     
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  16. kwaping

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    For me, it's all about that fake truss rod cover.
     
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    Scary. Makes me distrust craigslist and pawn shops for more high end stuff, at least the stuff I don't know well
     
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    You sure told him.
     
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    Gibson Qualrry ain't what it used to be.
     
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  20. Da Geezer

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    "Skool'd"
     
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