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A serial number cross checked with this post would give you some good info.

 

I'd go as far to say that you're somewhat safe with archtop guitars being genuine- they're complicated to make and therefore fake inexpensively, and the ones I've seen post lawsuit-era are so stupidly-copied you'd have to be blind AND deaf to think it was real. Just my opinion, others might have diff experiences.

 

Can't be too safe though, and we're always happy to have a look!

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The guitar was made Dec 2011 at the Gibson/Epi owned QingDao factory

 

so it is NOT a copy O:)

Unfortunately, there have been countless counterfeits with legitimate-looking serial numbers, as many members can attest. Identifying fakes can often be difficult. At this point the guitar in question is of indeterminate origin.

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Sooo, since serial numbers aren't reliable, the only things I have going for me is: 'ArchTops are difficult to make', and 'Why copy an Epiphone when a Gibson Copy will bring more dollars'... Are there any other 'Clues'?

 

I'll post pictures when I get it...

 

Thanks...

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I checked out the Chinese 'Fake Market' and DHGate had 1 for $308 then said 'sold out'...

 

 

 

TradeTang was another... Found a couple more but they didn't look like Casinos... 3 Pickups and an extra Toggle Switch w/ neck joining body at 19th fret WTF?...

 

It's really hard to find a Natural Casino even from the China bootleggers, heck, theres more on EBay... Meanwhile there are thousands of Phoney Les Pauls...

 

I'm guessin' they don't pump em' out like Gibsons...

 

Anyway, I'll be posting Picks of what I bought Tuesday or Wednesday...

 

Thanks...

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I'd recommend not going down a rabbit hole of counterfeit until you've held yours in your hands and looked it all over. I've had that pit in the stomach feeling with a few that I've bought that ended up being fine. There might be small variables, China has uniformed the process from the days of multiple factories, but those little differences are part and parcel of the Gibson experience. If something looks genuinely off, you have buyers protection with eBay.

 

Check it over, post pics, and try to enjoy the feeling of having a new guitar on the way!

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I'd recommend not going down a rabbit hole of counterfeit until you've held yours in your hands and looked it all over. I've had that pit in the stomach feeling with a few that I've bought that ended up being fine. There might be small variables, China has uniformed the process from the days of multiple factories, but those little differences are part and parcel of the Gibson experience. If something looks genuinely off, you have buyers protection with eBay.

 

Check it over, post pics, and try to enjoy the feeling of having a new guitar on the way!

 

I'm trying... [smile]

 

I haven't bought anything off EBay in a few years... It's seemed to have turned into more of a Retail Outlet than an Auction... I used to buy Fender Bodies and Necks dirt cheep and put em' together...

 

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