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Counterfeit Les Paul Supreme

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A few days ago the shop I work at bought what appeared to be a Gibson Les Paul Supreme. This morning one of our customers informed us that it was a fake, made in China. We contacted Gibson, attached photos, and they replied, rather instantly, that it was counterfeit and explained how it was so.

 

The question now is, what do we do with it? We can't sell it. Apparently, it's illegal to do so. We do have the name and address of the person who sold it to us. Can we report them to the police, the FBI???

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A few days ago the shop I work at bought what appeared to be a Gibson Les Paul Supreme. This morning one of our customers informed us that it was a fake, made in China. We contacted Gibson, attached photos, and they replied, rather instantly, that it was counterfeit and explained how it was so.

 

The question now is, what do we do with it? We can't sell it. Apparently, it's illegal to do so. We do have the name and address of the person who sold it to us. Can we report them to the police, the FBI???

Report them to your local police. the seller will play dumb, but will probably be persuaded to return your money. would love to see a picture of it.

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Pawnshop got took and you're upset I get it but the FBI?!?! lol thats a lottle outta hand. However, i'm curious as to what the give aways are about the guitar that it isn't real?

Edited by TriCityTrader

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Hey Old Guy, here's a pic...

 

12274lp.jpg

 

yup, that is fake. good looking guitar in it's own right. It is a shame the maker tried to pass it off as a Gibson.

 

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...I'm curious as to what the give aways are about the guitar that it isn't real?...

There used to be half-a-dozen fake 'Supreme' threads here each week a few years back. It got to the stage where complete neophytes became experts through sheer repetition.

That's a typical example and there are many signs of it being counterfeit but one of the most obvious is that instead of the script on the MoP peghead inlay saying 'Supreme' it says 'Suprome'.

Once Seen Never Forgotten.

 

Just a few others whilst we are here?

 

The general shape of the cutaway horn and peghead outline are incorrect.

Horn is too pointed and points away from the body. On a real LP the horn is more rounded and points directly forward.

Peghead 'moustache/open-book' shape is far too flat and the definition/carving is poor. Gibson's shape is much more precise.

 

Gibson Supremes don't have fret-over-binding at the fret-ends.

 

Gibson does not use screw-in posts for the bridge.

 

...etc...etc...

 

Pip.

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