Proper etiquette when buy a used Les Paul?

halorealm7

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I have an opportunity to buy/trade for a Les Paul. Would it be insulting to the owner (whom I do not know) to ask that I be able to remove the truss rod & control cavity covers? I'm not saying the person sounds suspicious or anything else for that matter. With all the fakes going around, I just want the real deal if I'm going to spend my money. Any thoughts are appreciated.
Thanks-Brian
 

XKnight

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Seems like a simple enough request. If I was selling a LP Reissue and a legitimate buyer wanted to see the control cavity I would certainly oblige.
 

'70 RS

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Ask him to take the covers off for you.
Don't ask to put a screwdriver to his guitar yourself.

That's the proper etiquette.
 

Jim S

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I'd have no problem if I was the seller.

But your body cavity search stops at the guitar and goes no further.


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CthonicEwes

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Hi Brian,

Please pardon the fact that I'm a bit lazy and didn't do a search. Nonetheless, could you explain how looking at the truss rod (or truss rod cavity) can expose a real vs. a fake LP. A link would be great.

Cheers,
Bob
 

jay42

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There could be a note inside saying, "This guitar stolen from fill-in-the-blank." It's a good idea.
 

whitehall

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You don't need to do that. If it has fret edge binding it's 99% sure thing. That's too hard and labor intensive to fake. Next look at the toggle, is it a switchcraft ? And the simplest way is to go to the store and buy a Gibson LP rear control cover (10 bucks) If it doesn't line up exactly -- which on the fakes it never does, it's a no go. I can look at a guitar and just by holding it and looking it over I could tell. But I been doing this a real long time.
 

Jim S

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In the out takes from an Indiana Jones film, the good doctor finds an ancient map leading to Aztec gold under the trussrod cover. And the films is based on fact.
 

Rumble

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If it's used and has no warranty, you should be allowed to look under the hood.
 

kurtsstuff

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No fret edge binding (could possibly had a refret though)...The biggest clue and one I've seen on every one is....The Saddle height adjustment screws...always too big and the first thing to look for...Alot of other giveaways but those two are the standouts
 


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