Chinese Fake Guitars Scams on Ebay
to spot a fake Gibson
are a lot of fake guitars out there, most of them are sold
on EBay. Most of them don't represent themselves as the
thing, but rather
as "copies" of popular models like Gibson Les Pauls.
However, there is a newer breed of guitars currently being
built in China that are attempts
to be exact copies of the high end Gibson Les Paul guitar
and are built to fool the unwary consumer. These guitars
attempt to duplicate the real thing by even including the
Made in USA and realistic looking serial number on the back
of the headstock. But there are ways to identify these guitars.
First off, if anyone, especially a seller based in China
is selling a Gibson Les Paul for an alarmingly low amount
and there isn't a lot of activity driving the price up to
market value - beware. Most of these guitars do not fool
high end guitar buyers, but the uninformed buyer can be easily
taken in by what appears to be a real Les Paul.
some simple ways to tell if these guitars are imitations:
1. The guitar is located in China or some other Asian
country. No Gibsons are manufactured in China, all
Gibsons are US
Made. Gibson has satellite companies like Epiphone that
manufacture overseas and are much less expensive.
2. The sellers sometimes state that the country of origin
is China, apparently in a half hearted attempt to dispell
that the guitars are real, even though they stamp Made
in USA right on the guitars.
There are some subtle differences between the fake Les
Pauls and the real thing. Look closely at the headstock
front. Most of the fakes have a Gibson logo that is
font than the real Gibson logo and is aligned almost
at the top of the headstock. The real Gibson logo is
a thinner font and is angled with the G started near
post of the
D string tuner. The real key is to look at the truss
rod cover. Real Gibsons have a bell shaped truss rod
with TWO screws. Every fake I've seen has a cover with
shape but with THREE screws. Also, the copies of Les
Paul Standards often say "Gibson" right on
the truss rod cover, NO Les Pauls say Gibson on the
truss rod cover,
some Epiphone Les Pauls do but those aren't made in
the USA and say Epiphone at the top of the headstock
4. These guitars that are often stamped with legitimate
looking serial numbers but they don't always match the
years of the real Gibson guitars.
5. All high end Les Pauls come with nice Gibson cases,
these fakes rarely include a case.
6. ASK THE SELLER - many of them will admit that the guitars
are made in China, and remember, no Gibsons, especially
those that say Made in USA, are made in China.
These sellers are a real menace and frankly I'd like
to see them shut down. Report this kind of abuse
to eBay and
Gibson of this, even though I'm sure they
are aware of this piracy. These guitars can be manufactured
and flood the market place, making it hard
for a lot of everyday guitar players to know a fake
from the real thing
don't support these sellers by buying these guitars.
best way for consumers to protect themselves against
fraud is to purchase your Gibson guitar from an authorized