Is this a fake? 2005 Lespaul Custom
Posted 14 January 2012 - 09:44 PM
Found an ad on the Internet about a 2005 Lespaul Custom for sale for an interesting price. My son want's it. But while reading, seems to be a lot of fake and I am not sure to be too good to spot them. I have doubts since the price is interesting and I can't find this particular inlay anywhere on the Gibson site. Is it possible to tell if this is a fake with this only picture we have? Don't want my son to be fooled and to buy a chinese guitar for more than it is worth.
Posted 15 January 2012 - 07:26 AM
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Posted 15 January 2012 - 09:33 AM
I was hesitating between a stolen guitar which I do not want to buy, and a fake, which I don't want to buy either! With this picture, how can I tell it is fake? We will look for used guitars, as my son dreams of having a Gibson, but I want him to be happy for a long time.... and not loose all his money on a poor instrument that is worth nothing.
Posted 10 April 2012 - 03:16 AM
There's nothing wrong with the Epiphone range of Les Pauls if you're budgeting on your son's new (second hand) guitar. My advise would be to show him some pictures of gold tops, sunburst and other types of finish and see which one he lights up to. It's amazing how influential the finish on a guitar can be for a young guitarist! If buying second hand please check the neck for twisting or a bow which can reduce playability. Also what brand of amp you choose will be very influential on his sound. Who does he listen to and what gear do they have? Best of luck!
Posted 09 July 2012 - 07:21 PM