I plan to, and I'm sure the guitar is physically real. I just don't know what to look for as far as copies. The guy told me he would bring his Pignose amp for me to try it out at our meeting spot but I'm am just worried about it being a Chinese copy or something. The pickguard and position of the knobs has me skeptical, hoping to find some experts around here to help me out.Why don't you see the guitar in person and see for yourself?
It's definitely gold in the pictures online.Seems whonky to me - no Headstock picture is the first thing - the double screws at the bottom is the second. And if it's a 2011 or newer - they normally are more than $1K - and one other thing - the color is more gold than TV Yellow. I'm thinking a Chibson.
Here is a real one to compare.
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Won't share photos of the headstock? HUGE red flag. He either suspects it's a fake or knows it. If the headstock looked legit, there'd be a photo of it in the ad.