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Check Lp authenticity Legit or not serial number

#1 User is offline   Leoholmes 

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Posted 22 August 2014 - 07:43 AM

Hi,
Can anybody out there verify if the Gibson Les Paul I'm about to buy is authentic. The seller doesn't have the warranty certificate. The serial on the head is 006480548
Appreciate any help you can give as I don't want a Chinese copy to arrive at my door.
Cheers,
Leo

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Posted 22 August 2014 - 09:29 AM

Hello Leo, and welcome here.

From the serial number only one can't tell if the guitar is legit or not. This number would mean production number 548 from the first batch on March 4th, 2008, but only pictures of the entire instrument can help in confirming it as a genuine Gibson. Can you link some pictures here?

A missing packing checklist would be a reason for me to haggle about a discount.
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Posted 22 August 2014 - 07:13 PM

Hi Capmaster see link for photos. I appreciate your knowledge and willingness to share it,
http://www.ebay.com/itm/281405015958
Leo

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Posted 22 August 2014 - 10:33 PM

Hello Leo,

from here everything looks fine so far. Now it is about missing paperwork, price, and most important in the end, your taste. 14 day money back policy isn't bad at all.

Hope this helps.
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Posted 23 August 2014 - 12:39 AM

Thanks capmaster, it helps lots
Thanks again
Leo

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Posted 19 September 2014 - 03:40 AM

Serial numbers aren't registered with Gibson, and most are not of good standard of quality overall. Pricing can also be one of the easiest giveaways for a phony guitar. If a guitar is up for an online auction at a fraction of what it would typically cost, consumers are taking a great chance by purchasing it.

Measure the guitar to check that itís not undersized. Correct measurements can be found on www.Gibson.com.
Examine headstock and headstock logo to determine that they match those of authentic Gibson guitars.
Check to see that all pearl is inlaid.
Check that Les Paul model script is always in cursive.
Verify that thereís not a three-screw truss rod cover.
Check the control and pickup cavities for sloppy routing or wiring.
Make sure the pickup cavity is not painted black inside.
Always ask for the Gibson Ownerís Manual and Gibson Warranty Inspection card.
Check the wiring. If itís plastic it isnít a true Gibson.

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Posted 19 September 2014 - 09:59 AM

View Postmuzicbox, on 19 September 2014 - 03:40 AM, said:

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Check the wiring. If it’s plastic it isn’t a true Gibson.

Not valid for Gibson toggle switch wiring. Except for VOS guitars, they are plastic-isolated three-conductor cables.
Also not valid for Gibsons featuring switching options stock. They come with plastic-isolated four-conductor pickup cables.
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Posted 20 September 2014 - 03:05 PM

i recently purchased what i thought was a LPC 58 relic, learned the hard way it was a cheap chinese knock off!
returned it and got my money back, thank god.

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Posted 20 September 2014 - 03:08 PM

View Postdrumguywithagibson, on 20 September 2014 - 03:05 PM, said:

i recently purchased what i thought was a LPC 58 relic, learned the hard way it was a cheap chinese knock off!
returned it and got my money back, thank god.

Glad you found out and got a refund. [thumbup]
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Posted 25 September 2014 - 07:03 PM

A person that takes that many photos of the guitar is selling the real deal.. besides... a fake less paul looks like a cheaper version of the Epiphone.. with epiphone p/Us/

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