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Firstly, hello, it's nice to be new here.


Secondly, I was watching an auction on ebay which finished yesterday for an Epiphone guitar.


The person selling the guitar wasn't sure if the guitar was a Les Paul Special or not but I didn't feel comfortable buying the guitar due to lack of info (I only spotted it late and didn't get the opportunity to contact the seller for more info).


I'm a cautious fellow so I passed up on it even though it was a bargain!

I looked around on the internet for photos of various Epiphone models and while the LP 100 looked very similar, I couldn't find one with the same headstock style. It may be that I just didn't find one to match it and it is a kosher guitar.


I would be interested in your expert opinions on this guitar please.



This is the link: http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/LEFT-HANDED-EPIPHONE-GIBSON-LES-PAUL-NOT-PERFECT_W0QQitemZ260553771052QQcmdZViewItemQQptZUK_Musical_Instruments_Guitars_CV?hash=item3caa37082c


An image: http://i.ebayimg.com/17/!BmE9yUwBWk~$(KGrHqEH-CUEtfHUMSQQBLeTcDWfP!~~_35.JPG




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It is a Les Paul 100. Looks legitimate to me.


100's from years ago did not have the "Les Paul" signature on the headstock. They also had "Gibson" on the truss rod cover' date=' as did nearly all Epiphones at the time.[/quote']

Thanks lpplayer - much appreciated.


I think I was being overly cautions as I'd read somewhere that fakes can have 3 screws on the truss rod but I think they were referring to Gibson guitars.



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looks good


But also has a broken headstock = not good.



How good the repair is is not certain; but what is certain is that there will be a significant reduction in its value compared to a used one which is unbroken.

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