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Old 05-11-2014, 02:57 PM   #1
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Help buying a used guitar

I am about to buy my first Gibson! But it is also my first time buying used so to be safe I want to ask some questions first before I buy. There are the obvious questions like do you have proof of purchase of this guitar(to make sure it's not stolen) or is it in a cigarette free house. Is there anything else important I should ask? Thanks!
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Old 05-11-2014, 03:49 PM   #2
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Personally I would just play the guitar and check it out. You can ask for info, but knowing if they are being honest is totally different. I would never ask for proof of purchase. Most used gear you are not going to get any. U can ask, but be prepared to be disappointed.

Play, inspect, decide. And most importantly use your Spidey senses. If the seller or deal feels shadey, just walk away.

Also it is important for you to be an informed buyer. When you find a guitar to go look at do your homework before you go. Know exactly what the model should look like. If you get there and are overwhelmed ask if you can tAke a couple of picture of the guitar, go home and do more investigating. Do your homework!

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Old 05-11-2014, 03:53 PM   #3
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you want to check there's nothing wrong with it

with a prestige brand like gibson, you also want to check it's not a fake/counterfeit, since some companies in china are faking gibsons at the moment

you also want to be sure of the exact model (or that it's not an epiphone or cheaper guitar)
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Old 05-11-2014, 04:25 PM   #4
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Is there any specific giveaways to look for that it could be fake?
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Old 05-11-2014, 04:49 PM   #5
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Find the model you're looking at on the gibson website and go over it with a fine tooth comb- all the little features and cosmetic appointments etc. Things like the truss rod cover shape and how many screws it uses etc. Most fakes will fool someone who's not too familiar with the "real thing" but won't fool anyone who is.
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Old 05-11-2014, 04:55 PM   #6
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Also, make sure it's the one you want. For my first guitar, I bought something that didn't really "fit" me, just because I was excited over getting a guitar. Other than that, if you like it, go for it!
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Old 05-11-2014, 05:30 PM   #7
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Another good way of checking real vs. fakes is to look up the serial number (usually found on the headstock) in the manufacturer's website
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Old 05-11-2014, 06:40 PM   #8
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Serial won't always work. Many times the makers of the fake will use 1 real gibson as a model. Every guitar they produce will use the same serial. Looking up the number will appear legit when it isn't.
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Old 05-11-2014, 07:29 PM   #9
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That's what I was thinking- better than nothing, but not conclusive either. And in a worst case scenario, could lull you into a false sense of security.
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