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Saw my first fake Gibson LP today and a rather sad story

Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by Lunchie, Dec 28, 2013.

  1. Lunchie

    Lunchie Poster Extraordinaire

    I was at the music store where I take my lessons and he had a LP Studio Pro marked at $500. I picked it up and the thing had to of only weigh about 6 pounds. I told the dood this must the lightest LP ever produced and then he told me it was a fake. He pointed out the photo flame 'maple' top. However, if he hadn't told me, I probably would of never known. It was really well done. Still though, I think he is crazy for the $500 price tag. It would have been real tempting at about $250 because it did feel really good.

    The story behind it, a guys wife bought him the guitar. His wife became ill and to pay off some bills he took it in to sell it. The shop owner then had to break the news to him that it was a fake. The guy went ahead and sold it and a couple days later the guys wife passed away. The shop owner offered the guitar back to him but he didnt want anything to do with it after that.

    Talk about a crappy couple days...:eek:
  2. brenn

    brenn Tele-Holic

    Dec 8, 2013
    Are you sure it's fake? Gibson did make a version of the Studio Pro with a flamed maple top and see-through finishes (the Pro Plus) and they have made very light Les Pauls (the Studio Lite - one of the best player LP's ever). Don't think they ever made a Studio Pro PLus Lite. A fake that is good might be worth as much as a real LP Studio or more. There are "fake" Les Pauls that go for thousands.

    At a gun show, I recently bought a $150-200 knife for $40 from a professional collector/dealer who thought it was a fake, because he wasn't familiar enough with the brand. Dealers can be wrong.
  3. Lunchie

    Lunchie Poster Extraordinaire

    I'm not sure of anything :lol:. Maple capped LP's are a dime of dozen of course but I never seen one (that I know of) with the photo flame finish. Also the neck was a 3 piece which I dont think Gibby has done since the 70's :confused:. But I know next to nothing about Gibsons. I have two Epiphone LP's that I absolutely love but the price of Gibsons alone keep me from picking them up or paying any attention to them.
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  5. younkint

    younkint Tele-Afflicted

    Oct 14, 2007
    Spring, Texas
    Seems odd to me that someone would go to the trouble to build a fake LP Studio model. I mean, if you're going to do it at all, why would you not go upscale to, at least, a LP Standard? Kinda like going through the pains to produce a counterfeit $5 bill. All that work -- for what?

    Makes me wonder whether it's really fake at all. If you're interested in it, I'd be talking straight to Gibson.

  6. Flakey

    Flakey Friend of Leo's

    you would be surprised I came across a Chinese made a fake epi zak Wilde l.p once.
  7. Wyzsard

    Wyzsard Friend of Leo's

    Jun 22, 2009
    Yes, there are fake Epiphones, fake MIM strats, etc.
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