#1
I have an Epiphone Les Paul Custom and the serial number is MR01070680

I cannot find any information anywhere about the 'MR' prefix, I googled the shit out of it and came up with basically nothing. I'm pretty sure the guitar isn't a fake - but I did buy it second hand.

I ran the numbers through the online serial number decoder and it didn't recognize it either. Hopefully someone here has come across this before.

The pickups have the epiphone brand punched into the back of them, and I'm not sure why anyone would want to fake an epiphone to begin with..
#2
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I'm not sure why anyone would want to fake an epiphone to begin with..

This... Ever seen a counterfeit nickle?
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#4
Yeah, it's like one step below counterfeiting pennies :/

Should I just scratch out the M then? haha
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#5
Post pics.
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#6
Quote by think11270
I'm not sure why anyone would want to fake an epiphone to begin with..


Because the general attitude is "no one would fake an Epi, it must be real." Therefore they can get away with fakes easier than higher end guitars. People are more likely to check if their £1500 Fender or Gibson is real than their £400 Epiphone.

Pictures would be helpful
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Because the general attitude is "no one would fake an Epi, it must be real."

People are more likely to check if their £1500 Fender or Gibson is real than their £400 Epiphone.

Pictures would be helpful

Ya, but the point is getting the extra value of the name... Which Epiphone doesn't have. It would cost about the price of an Epiphone Les Paul to fake an Epiphone Les Paul... So I guess the counterfeiter is just in it 'for the love of the game.'

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It would cost about the price of an Epiphone Les Paul to fake an Epiphone Les Paul


That's assuming that the fake is of the same quality as the real one, which they seldom are. Cheap wood, parts and labour (and I mean serious cheap stuff, plywood etc.) then slap an Epi logo on the headstock and a guitar that cost very little to make can be sold to an unsuspecting buyer for a big profit.
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That's assuming that the fake is of the same quality as the real one, which they seldom are. Cheap wood, parts and labour (and I mean serious cheap stuff, plywood etc.) then slap an Epi logo on the headstock and a guitar that cost very little to make can be sold to an unsuspecting buyer for a big profit.

Still not worth it, but OK...
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#14
Yeah I put the DiMarzio and Kahler trem on, I suppose I'll just have to send Epiphone an email. Thanks for your help everyone.
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Question. How does it play/sound?


+1

This is all that matters.

Also, it would've been easier for you to put a Stetsbar on it than a Kahler, but I guess it's too late now.
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#17
It sounds really good actually, the problem is that I'm looking to sell it and received and inquiry on the on the serial number. This is just out of curiosity, I really wanna know what the MR means so I can have some peace of mind knowing whether it's real or not.
#19
Oh, no the previous owner had it installed.

I wouldn't do anything like that.


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#20
never heard of a MR serial # and the tuners arent grover either, prob fake
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#21
I dunno but it doesn't look right to me. I have an Epi LP custom and your headstock seems off, not to mention the "Gibson" writing on the plate above the nut..

definitely not the norm but who cares if it's a good guitar then that's all that matters
#22
Quote by tubetime86
This... Ever seen a counterfeit nickle?


Why do people dislike THIS much epiphones?

The wood they use is good, just doesnt have the quality control that u find in a gibson. If u get a decent epiphone (specially the paint) and You change the electronics and bridge u get an amazing guitar, much cheaper than what u pay for a gibson. (still wont be a gibson but sound it's all that matters). Sorry for the off topic anyway.
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I dunno but it doesn't look right to me. I have an Epi LP custom and your headstock seems off, not to mention the "Gibson" writing on the plate above the nut..

definitely not the norm but who cares if it's a good guitar then that's all that matters

No, that's not an indicator of anything. Yours just has the non-open book headstock. And many Epis have Gibson on their truss rod cover.
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No, that's not an indicator of anything. Yours just has the non-open book headstock. And many Epis have Gibson on their truss rod cover.


+1

The "GIBSON" was on all Epiphone truss rod covers pre-2004.
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