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Hi everybody,

The guitar was purhased in Chicago two ears before with case, for about 600$. Serial number is printed back on the head with gold bronze ink: A0100148. It belongs to my friend who is not familiar with comps and internet.

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Plamss,

 

Welcome to the forum.

Not much help here.....sorry...

Never seen anything quite like it. Open book Gibson style headstock? Makes no pretense of being anything other than what it is.... A Korean made L.P. Yup kind of puzzling.

 

Have you had a chance to look in the control cavity? I would be curious to know if it has shielding paint and how the controls are set up. Would also be interesting to see inside of pickup cavities. Shielded? Writing or numbers on back of pickups? Cavities might also give some clues as to construction.

 

Maybe some sort of lawsuit guitar? Certainly not a "Fake". It does not try to portray itself as anything false.

 

Will be interesting to see if someone comes up with an answer.

 

Willy

 

edit: Possibly a prototype (maybe even for Gibson or Epi) that somehow made it into the market place?

W.W.

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Plamss,

 

Welcome to the forum.

Not much help here.....sorry...

Never seen anything quite like it. Open book Gibson style headstock? Makes no pretense of being anything other than what it is.... A Korean made L.P. Yup kind of puzzling.

 

Have you had a chance to look in the control cavity? I would be curious to know if it has shielding paint and how the controls are set up. Would also be interesting to see inside of pickup cavities. Shielded? Writing or numbers on back of pickups? Cavities might also give some clues as to construction.

 

Maybe some sort of lawsuit guitar? Certainly not a "Fake". It does not try to portray itself as anything false.

 

Will be interesting to see if someone comes up with an answer.

 

Willy

 

edit: Possibly a prototype (maybe even for Gibson or Epi) that somehow made it into the market place?

W.W.

 

 

Hello Willy,

 

I'll try to make detailed pictures of those cavity you point me to resolve this " guitar misteria".

Thank's a lot for your compassion.

Plamss

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Plamss,

 

Welcome to the forum.

Not much help here.....sorry...

Never seen anything quite like it. Open book Gibson style headstock? Makes no pretense of being anything other than what it is.... A Korean made L.P. Yup kind of puzzling.

 

Have you had a chance to look in the control cavity? I would be curious to know if it has shielding paint and how the controls are set up. Would also be interesting to see inside of pickup cavities. Shielded? Writing or numbers on back of pickups? Cavities might also give some clues as to construction.

 

Maybe some sort of lawsuit guitar? Certainly not a "Fake". It does not try to portray itself as anything false.

 

Will be interesting to see if someone comes up with an answer.

 

Willy

 

edit: Possibly a prototype (maybe even for Gibson or Epi) that somehow made it into the market place?

W.W.

 

As Willy mentioned, upload some pictures and many here will be glad to help.

 

On a side note; Willy that avatar is a real work of art, a subtle touch so to speak, I didn't notice it for a while but when I did it said everything, nice work.

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Some more pictures! But not in a perfect quality [crying] Tomorrow I'll send more in a good shape I hope [rolleyes] Sorry, there is some upload restriction(500kb). How to avoid?

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Sorry, there is some upload restriction(500kb). How to avoid?

Hi and welcome to the forums, great bunch of guys around here, I hope you like the place.

 

Info on how to post pics is at the top of the DIY thread pinned to the top of the Epi Lounge, a great thanks to animalfarm (RIP) who created it, a true testament of his willingness to help others.

 

DIY Thread

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This should probably go in the lounge since it's not an Epi Electric.

 

It's obviously some kind of MIK LP knock off that's either had the headstock modified or repainted or both. The quality looks to be decent, and it could be a

good player with a little TLC. As mentioned above, take a look at the back of the pickups for clues, although they could be replacements or transplanted from another guitar, so may lead you in the wrong direction.

 

At this point, the provenance doesn't really matter, it's not a particullarly valuable guitar and it's never going to become one.

 

Just fix it up and enjoy.

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