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#1
Hey, I'm wondering whether this Gibson Les Paul Custom is the real deal or not.


Heres a picture of the headstock.
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Something about the inlay in the middle screams out fake to me, but the serial number checks out fine. SN:02005486

Back of headstock:
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Any ideas?
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#2
Im not seeing any pictures...

:shrug

EDIT: Yeah, how do you like that 1 minute response time?
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#3
The pictures arent working? I'll upload them to a different site then
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#4
Quote by Dust_to_Dust
The pictures arent working? I'll upload them to a different site then


Not on mine anyways, which is odd.
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#6
Yay!

To me, the top left triangle dosen't look symmetrical like it should, but don't take my word on that.
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#7
I know, it really does look dodgey
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#8
Looks OK to me - looks pretty much like my ES-137 Custom's headstock.

If course, the real solution is just to play it and decide if you want it or not.
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#9
The "n" doesn't look quite right and compared next to a real one the curves on the top aren't right. May be a slightly different angle, but that's my input.
#10
Doesn't the inlay look too small to you?
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#11
I'm pretty sure that if you posted a picture of "Pearly Gates" - the real one, not the replica that Gibbons had built - on the internet, you'd have 20 people telling you the headstock's all wrong
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#12
i dunno but the logo looks wrong to me
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#13
Its really confusing me haha
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#14
I ran the serial number through The Guitar Dater project and .......

Your guitar was made at the
Nashville Plant, TN, USA
July 19th, 2005
Production Number: 186


Gibson: Nashville

Gibson’s Nashville plant was opened in Tennessee 1974. All electric models and some acoustic models currently made at this factory. This facility has an average production rate of 220 guitars a day. Each guitar is built by hand and takes about 4 to 6 weeks to complete. Note: Most hollow and semi-hallow body guitars are made at a separate plant in Memphis Tennessee. This facility has an average production rate of 40 guitars a day.


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#15
^
Thats exactly what I got, but the headstock looks slightly off
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#16
looks fine to me, well yes, the inlay looks a little small, but I would trust it. Im pretty sure that's real
#17
All of the LP Customs I have seen, their headsocks look like that....some of the inlays don't look perfectly symmetrical.
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#18
I understand that they may not be symmetrical, but the Diamond inlay looks really small compared to this one

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#19
any idea of a year to compare to similar year models?????
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#20
It was made in 2005 according to the Serial Number
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#21
Well, you're right that it's smaller.

Is there some reason you can't try the guitar and decide for yourself if it's worth the money?
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#22
Its in London, and I'm situated in Birmingham, so I can't really get there with ease.
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#23
Quote by diceksox1809
Yay!

To me, the top left triangle dosen't look symmetrical like it should, but don't take my word on that.


That looks like the flash, to me.

I'd say its legit.

Pics of body?
#24
These are as good as the other pictures get, as I requested the two of the headstock.





As you can see, it has a Rosewood fretboard, which I've never seen on an LPC..
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#25
I'm pretty sure that if you drew a vertical line through the volume and tone controls (one line through the neck controls and one through the bridge controls) that the lines would be parallel on a real gibson. However that doesn't appear to be the case with this one unless the angle of the photo is throwing me off.
#26
^
Yeah I read that somewhere.
Heres a pic of an LPC at a similar sort of angle, to compare.



Can see straight away that they are not parrellel on the red one... its a bloody good fake it seems
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#27
Fake. Never seen a rosewood fingerboard on a Custom with grovers like that... Body looks off too.





#28
The Les Paul Custom OP is mentioning is fake. I've only seen those stickers on the control plates on counterfeit LPS, same thing with rosewood boards on customs. And as previously mentioned, the control knobs dont line up.
#29
Fake. Customs made in that era don't have rosewood fretboards, they have ebony fretboards. Until you posted that, I was sure it's real. Looks exactly like mine (off the production line in '98). Gibson's Wine Red is a bit darker than that guitar, as well.

Incredible fake though.
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#30
Honestly, the biggest giveaway is that 2005 was when the Customs were made in the Custom shop so they have the seal on it.

The DEAD giveaway is the Rosewood board
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#31
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Fake. Customs made in that era don't have rosewood fretboards, they have ebony fretboards. Until you posted that, I was sure it's real.
Incredible fake though.


I thought the same. It is an incredible fake, seeing as the serial # even pulled up as a Gibson.
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#32
the middle of the headstock, the opening of the book as it were (since the gibson headstock is called the open book headstock) looks a lil bit abnormally open
Eh.
#34
anybody can copy a serial number, it means nothing.

the inlay and the 'gibson' name don't look to be a quality job as you would expect on a custom model.
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#35
What Dr John said.

It always surprises me how sticking a serial number in an online checker is enough for some people. If i was to make a fake now i'd use SN:02005486, because at least I know it checks out.

The online database is only good for telling when and where the original was made. You still have to work out if it's a fake or not, and the serial aint gonna tell you i'm afraid.
#36
i say real.

you might be illusioning yourselfs because the photo is taken at a different angle than the stock picture provided in the thread.

sure the inlay looks a little small but my guess is that gibson reduced the size to save like 10 dollars on production.
#37
Still looks nice though, regardless of legitness. Probably sounds good too.
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#39
Gibson doesn't put decals on their pickups(but Epiphone does), or their cavity covers. Any so called Gibson with that decal on the control plate, or Decals over the pickups is a fake.
#40
Quote by Dust_to_Dust

As you can see, it has a Rosewood fretboard, which I've never seen on an LPC..


THAT is an issue - LP customs have an ebony board.
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