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Imagine my surprise when changing my strings on a Siberian Tiger Custom Shop LP, the Stop Bar Tailpiece was stamped "Epiphone". The guitar was a gift from my wife for the Christmas of 2017. I rarely play it and this was the first time I changed the strings. It came from a reputable dealer and considering it has gold hardware, I think it unlikely that they somehow mixed it up with another guitar while restringing prior to selling. However, I could be wrong.  Is there anyone out there that's seen Epi parts on a new Gibson?

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I don't think that happened by accident; IMO someone changed it deliberately, after it left the factory.

It doesn't make any difference to the playability, but that's not the point.    

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Agree with JDGM it was changed for some reason.  AFAIK Epiphones are all made overseas so it wasn't like someone at Gibson reached in the wrong parts bin and grabbed an Epi stop bar by mistake.  No worries, you can always tell people you changed it out for better tone 🤣.

But more importantly let's see some more pictures of that LP Custom, from what I can see it looks like a beauty.  And if I had a wife kind enough to get me one of those I would certainly play it more often than to only need a string change every two years - shame on you.

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On 10/6/2019 at 8:00 AM, jdgm said:

I don't think that happened by accident; IMO someone changed it deliberately, after it left the factory.

It doesn't make any difference to the playability, but that's not the point.    

 

Agreed. The only thing is if its a new guitar would the store be putting cheaper inferior parts in place and keeping the  good ones to sell at a nother profit.  50.00 epi tailpiece verses a 150 gibson tail piece.   Not the first time Ive read or seen it either.   Be nice to know if its a new guitar or used. 

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I don't believe it. No reasonable guitar shop would do such a scam. The rammifications with their customer base as a whole would be devastating. You don't want to close shop on your 20 buck scam. And you don't want to lose your brand partnerships either due to that.

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21 hours ago, Leonard McCoy said:

I don't believe it. No reasonable guitar shop would do such a scam. The rammifications with their customer base as a whole would be devastating. You don't want to close shop on your 20 buck scam. And you don't want to lose your brand partnerships either due to that.

 

Some shops have no morals.   

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On 10/7/2019 at 4:14 PM, Leonard McCoy said:

I don't believe it. No reasonable guitar shop would do such a scam. The rammifications with their customer base as a whole would be devastating. You don't want to close shop on your 20 buck scam. And you don't want to lose your brand partnerships either due to that.

I'm done business with the dealer for years and have bought several instruments there. I don't believe they would have done it with deceit. Most likely a mix up.

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On 10/6/2019 at 6:06 PM, Twang Gang said:

Agree with JDGM it was changed for some reason.  AFAIK Epiphones are all made overseas so it wasn't like someone at Gibson reached in the wrong parts bin and grabbed an Epi stop bar by mistake.  No worries, you can always tell people you changed it out for better tone 🤣.

But more importantly let's see some more pictures of that LP Custom, from what I can see it looks like a beauty.  And if I had a wife kind enough to get me one of those I would certainly play it more often than to only need a string change every two years - shame on you.

It sounds fine and I don't think there's any real difference in the two except for the branding. So here's a pic of the afflicted beast.

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I bought a mint condition rare and not inexpensive article into a store to put on consignment. I  wound up selling it privately and when I went to pick it up a major part was changed and it was visually obviously worn out. The owner swore it was never touched. Once I told the locals who were in the collecting and use end of the business the store went from mostly full to empty. He killed his own reputation and was out of business within six months. 

I put NOTHING past retailers. If I bought that git new, I'd get Gibson involved and spread the word on the web if the store would not make it right. 

 

 

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Resolution at last!! The dealership worked with me and Gibson and obtained the correct part. They never denied being the source of the mix up, the ones that may have accidentally swapped it and assured me they would do the right thing without the assistance of Gibson. Kudos to them because the guitar was sold 2 yrs earlier and they could have easily told me tough luck.

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