Fake Gibson SG?

Discussion in 'SG Copies' started by Matteo, Mar 15, 2018.

  1. Matteo

    Matteo New Member

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    I found this guitar in a shop yesterday. It is advertised as a 1997 Gibson SG and sold for 800 euro. However, something does not look right to me. For example, passing the finger on the Gibson logo you can feel that it is not smooth at all. Also, the "Made in USA" engraving in the back of the headstock seems poor. What do you think?

    Thanks.

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  2. AngelDeVille

    AngelDeVille Well-Known Member

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    IF it was a fake it would probably be smooth and have no issues.

    It does look a little too off though.
     
  3. JazzyJeff

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    Most fakes I have seen stamp the Made In USA too low (this one is in the correct spot) and too big (this one looks like the right font) I can't see straight on, but the bridge looks correct. those can be changed, but it is a good place to start. no screw slot in the posts and not huge compared to the USA bridge posts. the pickup surrounds have black screws, also correct. The ends of the frets are bound, also correct. The tuners, I don't know what the current tuners were at the time, but even I am guilty of swapping those on a perfectly good Gibson (sad). SO, first glance and without getting inside it, looks good.
     
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    it's got !$%&*$##! nibs on the neck binding...

    I don't think they make fake Gibsons with nibs, it's too hard to get right.
    That's one of the reasons Gibson does it. I could be wrong about that.
    But a real Gibson should have the nibs and the frets very nicely smoothed
    together, so that strings don't get caught in the crevice between them.
    We see posts by guys who bought a new Gibson and find fault with this
    feature, expecting seamless action and not getting it. So they aren't always
    perfect. But that's one way to spot a real Gibson, in the quality of the work.

    I would NEVER buy a guitar with nibs, because I think they look dorky and are
    more trouble than they are worth. But as a Gibson mark of workmanship, the
    nibs can separate the real ones from the fake. We spot fakes by looking at how
    well the detailing is done.

    Sometimes on the painted models, the serial number and the 'made in USA"
    logo are filled in with a lot of paint and undercoating. You see this on the white
    ones especially. So this one looks okay to me. But we can't spot fakes if given
    blurry pictures.
     
  5. Logan

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    It is a real Gibson. I'd say buy it if it's a good deal.
     
  6. Jason

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    Tuners look to be non original
     
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    cerebral gasket Well-Known Member

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    The impressions from the original washers with threaded hex head tuner bushings are visible.
     
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  8. Matteo

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    Thank you for all the replies, and sorry for the blurry pictures (my cell phone is far from being "last generation"). I am really glad that, apart from the tuners, it's original. I will seriously consider buying it: 800 euro seems a good deal.
     
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    Fake or not, I can't really say I'm a fan of the dick cheese yellow binding
     
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    Logan Well-Known Member

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    Smoker's delight!
     

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