Hi all, I'm a newbie Gibson wannabe-owner, this is my first post on this forum. I need your help to identify a possible counterfeit of a Gibson Midtown with Bigsby. This is a discontinued model, impossible to find in authorized shops, only available in the used market.
To me, the general appearance is undistinguishable from the original model, but I have some doubts:
- the COA says model number is DSDCEBCH1, while the right one should be DSDCEBCB1, could it be simply a spell mistake?
- the date on COA is jun 23 2011, while the S/N 115110336 indicates the 151st day of year, thus May 31st, is this discrepance ok?
- from a close view of the bridge (tonepros roller tune-o-matic) it appears smooth and the registration screws are not visible from the front. From technical spec page on gibson website (http://www2.gibson.com/Products/Electric-Guitars/Designer/Gibson-USA/Midtown-Standard-with-Bigsby/Specs.aspx) I see that it should have visible screws, and the same I get from photos over internet. Anyway I am a bit confused because in the full picture on the same web page, the bridge appears smooth like the one in the pictures below.
Thank you so much for your help!