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Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by Kdawg1966, Jul 11, 2019.
There's a *lot* of misinformation in this thread. OP, best advice here is trust, but verify.
Yeah, its a Gibson. Be skeptical.
its priced right for an R7, looks right from the pics, but the pics stink, so I'd want better ones before I checked it out
Hey, guy needs the $ for a new camera!
There always is.
This, only takes a few minutes.
Pictures suck, I have no idea if it's a fake. I'd want better pics and would probably call Gibson to verify the serial number. But I think white serial numbers are normal on a dark back goldtop and the truss rod cover to nut spacing looks pretty close to my historics.
I am often amazed at how horrible the pics are that people use to sell guitars. It’s really not hard to take some decent photos and makes a huge difference. I just don’t get it.
Forgive my ignorance but what should I be looking for in either case?
Looks real to me. Great deal too.
I forget the specifics but YouTube will show you. Gibson puts are CTS branded, some will even say Gibson. Knockoffs generally have no branding and use the cheapest looking red/black electrical wire.
The nut on a Gibson is bullet shaped, kind of like a 70s strat truss rod nut. A knockoff usually has some kind of metric hex nut or something.
onto your smart phone and run the # before you buy it.
That's a nice price for a R7. If it's legit I would snatch that right away. In my nick of the woods that would be minimum $2500. If you look at Ebay/Reverb prices they are about $2700 avg. plus shipping, taxes and Paypal fees you would be looking at 3k easily.
Ive seen authentic LP's with tuners more crooked than that.
I have an 02 darkback R7. With white lettering.
Crooked tuners in NO way conclusively indicates a fake.
Calling all TGP experts! I'll bet the OP is more confused now than before he started the thread............................
That is an R7. I had one almost just like it.
The pictures stink but there's almost no doubt that it's a legit R7 Les Paul.
Someone opined the case isn't original - WTF are you talking about? There's also a period correct COA in the pics too & the light/white serial number is correct for a dark back R7.
I agree that one of the pics look like there's some decent rash on a back edge and there could be more condition issues hidden with the crappy pics.
As a point of reference on the price - I'm also in the MSP area which is an active market for musical instruments. I put an excellent+ 2013 R8 tobacco sunburst w/flame & all case candy up for sale on CL a year and a half ago and it took MONTHS to sell. Asking price was $2795, I accepted $2500.
As others have said, the pictures are piss poor and not capturing key areas where you can easily tell the fakes from the authentic thing.
The headstock and tuners do looks suspect to me, but other than that I'm unsure.
Need better and more pictures before I make a call.