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How to identify counterfeit Gibson Les Paul Custom Guitars

Gibson: Les Paul Custom Guitars

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Edited: Mar 05, 2017

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"Protecting our consumers' investments and the Gibson name is paramount," says Ric Olsen, Director of Security and Loss Prevention at Gibson. "The ultimate goal here is that we want people to be happy Gibson customers. We're trying to protect their investments by thwarting the counterfeit problem."

The majority of the Gibson counterfeits appear to originate on e-commerce sites based out of major cities in China such as Beijing and Shanghai, though Olsen says, That's not to say we don't have domestic problems, too. People will try to make up their own version of a Les Paul and start selling it, but the major battle is this China crisis.

Other sources for counterfeit instruments are auction websites like eBay, which currently have hundreds of instruments resembling not just Gibson guitars, but also other brands. Some even feature trademarked headstocks and logos, but upon close inspection the guitars don't feel or sound like a true Gibson, the serial numbers aren't registered with Gibson, and most are not of good standard of quality overall.

Measure the guitar to check that it's not undersized. Correct measurements can be found on www.Gibson.com.

Examine headstock and headstock logo to determine that they match those of authentic Gibson guitars.

Check to see that all pearl is inlaid.

Check that Les Paul model script is always in cursive.

Verify that there's not a three-screw truss rod cover.

Check the control and pickup cavities for sloppy routing or wiring.

Make sure the pickup cavity is not painted black inside.

Always ask for the Gibson Owner's Manual and Gibson Warranty Inspection card.

Check the wiring. If it's plastic it isn't a true Gibson.

 


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Recommended Action:

To curtail the growing problem, Gibson advises all consumers to purchase Gibson instruments only from Gibson's network of authorized dealers.

Consumers are also encouraged to contact Gibsons Customer Service team, whether the guitar in question is new or used. "We have professionals that know these pieces inside and out," Olsen says.

They know if a knob was the wrong year. They'll know that a wire that was used was incorrect.

Consumers may even send Gibson Customer Service pictures of a guitar that they have questions about -- full front and back photos and close-up shots of the front and back of the headstock are best.

When all else fails, contact Gibson Customer Service at 1-800-4GIBSON.

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Company:

Address:
309 Plus Park Blvd.

City:
Nashville, TN 37217

Country:
United States

Phone:
(800) 820-8841

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Product Information:
Manufacturer:
Gibson 

Model Name:
Les Paul Custom Guitars 

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How to Identify a Fake Product :
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Real Gibson. Compare the headstock and headstock logo to determine that they match those of authentic Gibson guitars.

If in doubt, visit an authorized retailer.


 
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Counterfeit Gibson. Check to see that all pearl is inlaid.

If in doubt, visit an authorized retailer.


 
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Check the control and pickup cavities for sloppy routing or wiring.

This is the authentic Gibson.


 
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Sloppy workmanship and poor quality are seen in this counterfeit Gibson guitar.


 
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Part of a shipment of 185 counterfeit guitars including Gibson, seized by US Customs entering the US bound for unsuspecting consumers. (photo CBP)


 
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Compare the authentic and counterfeit Gibson guitar.

The counterfeit has two screws and the "Gibson" trademarked name on the truss rod cover.


 
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A fake Gibson Les Paul offered on a China website for $299.


 


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