How to spot a fake Gibson

Discussion in 'SG Copies' started by TNT, Jul 14, 2007.

  1. Biddlin

    Biddlin Well-Known Member

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    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SjbPi00k_ME"]Casablanca gambling? I'm shocked! - YouTube[/ame]

    :laugh2::laugh2::laugh2:Biddlin ;>)/
     
  2. Gemini75

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    Not like the broken/clumsy English is a tip-off either. ;)
     
  3. Moose

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    Broken English is not in indication of a fake.

    Of course these are all fake. That's not the point. I was looking for explicit rather than implicit evidence.

    Reductio ad absurdum
     
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    Pontificate much? Get over yourself.
     
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    OK...so go ahead and get ready to stone me for admitting to this;

    I have a Fibson SG Standard that I got maybe a year ago.
    It was a spur of the moment decision and it was so cheap that I reasoned I could do a few cheap upgrades to and have a fun little POS that wouldn't cost me much.

    Do I regret buying it now?
    Well...yes and no.
    IF I had it to do over again I would NOT have purchased it.
    Like I said, it was a spur of the moment impulse buy and since I had never been terribly interested in SG models it was sort of meaningless to me at the time.

    But here's the one upside;
    It was just well made enough that I suddenly realized "Hey...this is pretty damn good...what would a REAL SG be like?"

    So here I am about a year later and own 2 Gibson USA Standards, a '60's Tribute and a Pete Townshend 50th Anniversary Model.
    I now have a hard making myself pick up any of my Strats or Les Pauls.

    So while I do feel a little weird about having made the purchase to begin with it did lead me down the path of several legitimate Gibson SG purchases that have brought me great joy.
    In all likelihood I will probably just give the Fibson away at some point since I almost never pick it up anymore but I do appreciate the joy I now get out of the real thing thanks to that one ill-informed purchase.

    Oh and P.S.
    As far as telling the difference between the fake and the real thing?
    I'm sure that the eyes of the average forum user here are much more astute than my own but having said that, I HAVE sat the fake down next to the genuine article and on this one particular model I received they are so close to identical it's scary.
     
  6. shreddy bender

    shreddy bender Well-Known Member

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    Do you have pictures of a side by side comparison? That would be interesting to see.
     
  7. Col Mustard

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    @pdxtom: you are forgiven, my son...

    you have paid for your sins by paying Gibson prices four times over.
    So now we really mean it! PICTURES, OR IT NEVER HAPPENED...

    This thread is a cautionary one... begun way back in 2007, it's still current and
    needs updating as much as possible. I just read a story about a guy who got caught
    with a whole warehouse full of fairly decent fake Les Pauls and Strats. He'd taken
    delivery from an import/export outfit under surveillance.

    So if you're still visiting these boards, and if you're able to show us some
    photos of your fake Gibson, we'd all be very interested... Not only us SG owners
    but also those who might venture into dangerous waters looking to buy something.

    I want to see detailed photos! Headstock, headstock angle... back of headstock, nut,
    tuners, frets, inlays, fretboard radius, truss rod cover, truss rod nut, neck to body joint...
    pickups, pickup cavities, pickup surrounds, wiring cavity, wiring, bridge and tailpiece,
    bevels, body shape... a complete study. Not only am I curious, but others may be
    helped a lot
    by seeing what's out there.

    If you give us what I'm asking, we'll be very appreciative of your other photos of your
    other guitars, especially your cool SGs. We never get tired of seeing those. We'll
    make oooohs and aaaaahs over your legitimate guitars, just to get a close look at a good fake.
     
  8. Hammer

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    Getting duped is one thing. Buying a Fibson/Chibson/fake on purpose is just contributing to the problem, no matter how anyone tries to rationalize it to themselves. :cool:
     
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    Col Mustard Well-Known Member

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    that's true... what you do with your cash makes a huge difference.
    If you buy a guitar from a small store, you're supporting that dealer
    in business... you do this because you want them around the next time
    you need something.

    If you buy a guitar from GC, or M/F, your business means nothing
    and all you get is a price advantage, and you support these grinding
    bulldozers of the music industry in their crusade to stomp out the
    small guys.

    If you buy a guitar from a swindler who sells fakes, you support him
    in his criminal activities and encourage him to take more money from
    young guys who've saved money from caddying and delivering pizzas to
    buy their first genuine Gibson, or to take more money from the loving
    girlfriends of musicians who want to 'surprise' their sweetheart with a
    cool new Gibson and can't resist the deal they got out in the alley behind
    where they work.
     
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    Hammer Well-Known Member

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    You also encourage the counterfeiters to keep churning out crap forgeries because they see a market for it.
     
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    Wonder how many of those truss rod covers went missing from a Chinese Epiphone factory, eh?
     
  12. Biddlin

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    Hammer Well-Known Member

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    That link doesn't pull up a specific auction for me, so I don't know if there was anything hinky in there, but the SG in the picture is legit.

    That SG is for sale in this auction:

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/261803401620
     
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    Earlier, an off-shore seller was using the same photograph, in an obvious scam.
    ;>)/
     
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  16. Hammer

    Hammer Well-Known Member

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    Of course it's fake. It says right in the title of the ad "Korea Made".
     

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