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Hi all

Im worried my guitar is fake and was hoping someone could look at some pictures and the serial and see if you think it is or not.

 

The serial is EE08026845 and the pics are here

 

I hoping i just being stupid but have a really bad feeling.

 

Thanks

 

Muzzy

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Call Gibson and find out. To me it looks ok, check the finish and craftmanship for flaws check neck flaws (frets, bonding straightness etc), Epis will have more flaws than Gibson...You probably bought this from someone not a dealer if you feel this way...hope all works out over your fears...Jim

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I guess if you could find a local guitar shop you could trust, they may be able to help you out. It looked legitimate to me, but I am no authority on that. I guess if you could find the same guitar at a shop, pick it up and play it. Maybe that would help sway your fears one way or another.

I had that same fear when I got a Casino off of ebay, but it is genuine, and it is lovely.

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I would worry more about it being a 2nd' date=' they sell them here in the States on eBay alot...look for a stamp on back of headstock[/quote']

 

Sorry Jim i dont want to sound stupid but could you explain please?

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The person i got it from (www.bestepiphone.com) says they buy from a gibson supplier and i check out the code with one of those decoder things but i know neither means the genuine.

 

Hard to say, the site looks very unprofessional and just the kind I would personally avoid like plague (although that's curable with antibiotics). If the deal was good, good for you - hopefully the guitar is not some POS straight from China.

 

Maybe you should call that local supplier and ask them if this shady Gary Stott person from NEWTON AYCLIFFE, Durham DL5 6GP (registrant of the web site) does any business with them.

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Epiphone's quality control inspects each guitar and if doesnt meet epi's standards, it will be stampted with a 2nd on the back of headstock...I own a 2nd Dot Studio...

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Epiphone's quality control inspects each guitar and if doesnt meet epi's standards' date=' it will be stampted with a 2nd on the back of headstock...I own a 2nd Dot Studio...[/quote']

 

The factories inspect and deliver only guitars they consider 1st quality (that's what Epiphone reps said on the old forum) and the 2nds are stamped by the US inspection team if I remember correctly. I don't have any knowledge of the same happening in Europe, haven't ever seen one stamped 2nd here - means that all the blems and 2nds are sold for the full price.

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I was told the guitars were made in China and setup/inspected in the US or country they would be sold in...this was re-routed from the USA, unless epi has offshore inspectors working in behalf on the USA....or inspected here and shippped to the selling country, if it was direct from China or was said to be from there directly, then I would worry a bit...

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It doesn't sound kosher, muzzy. What is the logic of a guitar being built in China, shipped to the U.S. to be inspected and set-up, then sent back to China to be shipped to a UK dealer, to be sold to a UK customer? It just doesn't add up.

 

That bestepiphone.com site screams "scam" to me.

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February (02) of this year (08), number 6845 guitar for that run is what the serial numbers sayin' , whether or not it's fake I don't know.

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If it came directly from China, it's not an Epiphone. Epiphone, as far as I know, does not ship directly from the factory.

Pafhead, the question you ask has been asked and answered many, many, times on this forum.

If person can copy an Epiphone guitar, they can quite easily copy a serial #. So I'm not sure how you or anyone is going to be able to tell the difference between a "ligit" number and a bogus one.

Buy your Epiphone from a reliable Epiphone dealer- that's the only way to guarantee it.

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I'm no expert, but after looking at the pics it looks a little fishy to me. I have two Epis with the Limited Edition stamp on them, both are Gold colored. I've got two Epis with the EE serial number, and both of them use a different font. Also, the dot for the "i" in Epiphone on the headstock is not directly over the i. My gut feeling is that it is a fake.

 

General rule of thumb, don't buy from anyone shipping directly from China. Epiphone doesn't work that way. They ship to dealers who in turn ship to you.

 

I guess Brad beat me to the last point.

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If it came directly from China, it's not an Epiphone. Epiphone, as far as I know, does not ship directly from the factory.

Pafhead, the question you ask has been asked and answered many, many, times on this forum.

If person can copy an Epiphone guitar, they can quite easily copy a serial #. So I'm not sure how you or anyone is going to be able to tell the difference between a "ligit" number and a bogus one.

Buy your Epiphone from a reliable Epiphone dealer- that's the only way to guarantee it.

 

Its really that simple, just buy from an Epiphone dealer ](*,) What a revelation!:D/

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Let us know how things turn out, and what kind of explanations and/or excuses the seller gives you.

 

 

........found out that my Epi LP Custom is a fake. Three independent guitar techs concluded that it is actually a

Gibson Custom Shop LP product. Fer Chrissakes, how disgusting!

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Hi all

I have had a response fromt he seller and they have told me they have been told it an epiphone i.e. not fake but im still questioning why it has a sticker saying it was inspected and setup in the US when it was sent from China. So i have email Gibson again and asked if this is common, if its not then i will be getting a refund.

 

Will let you all know how it goes when gibson reply.

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Hi all

I have had a response fromt he seller and they have told me they have been told it an epiphone i.e. not fake but im still questioning why it has a sticker saying it was inspected and setup in the US when it was sent from China. So i have email Gibson again and asked if this is common' date=' if its not then i will be getting a refund.

 

Will let you all know how it goes when gibson reply.[/quote']

 

If they can make a fake Epi with a fake serial number, they can make a fake inspection sticker to try to make it look legit. Below is a pic from my G-400. Serial number is from Unsung Korea, but the font used on this one is the same font on all of my Epis - I have 6. Also notice the Limited Edition stamp, I have 2 guitars with this stamp on them and they both look the same, different than on your guitar.

 

SG002-1.jpg

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