Thanks Glen and jdgm for your help. There is a giutar tec at a local Sam Ash store that is suppose to be really good. I'm going to take it to him and see what's up with it. I didn't pay much for it and it came with a Gibson case and a little amp for under $500. It sounds good and feels really nice. So if it is a fake they did a good job with the neck and body. The body appears to be made of three separate pieces as opposed to one whole shell and is a little thinner than most Les Paul's. There are a lot of things I don't know about Les Pauls and just curious as to the history behind this particular one. Not sure what MOP means but the crapjob that has altered the guitar itself is just a mystery to me....I would eventually like to obtain authentic pieces to restore it weather it is real or fake to make one badass guitar! Sorry for the lack of technology of my pics but your worthless comments are not welcomed Pippy, thanks!