#1
Not entirely sure where I should post this, but here goes:

Over the last few weeks, I have been looking to buy a Gibson SG Standard, and found out a local music store stocked them, so I went to take a look. However, they were all out of stock for the Gibson SG, but I was told they might have some in after a few weeks.

On Friday, I went back to the music store, but they still had not had any new Gibson SGs in, but I was told that they had a second hand, 2001 model in stock, and I tried it out. After playing it for a few minutes, I had decided to buy it, for the not too bad price of £879, but that did not include the case, which was not a Gibson USA hard case, but a Hiscox case instead.

However, when I got home and inspected the guitar more closely, it turns out it has a 2008 serial number, of: 002280695, rather than a 2001 number, and that it has Grover Deluxe machine heads rather than the standard Gibson ones, as well as having a blank truss rod cover. When I saw this, and combined with the lack of the original case, I became worried that the guitar I had bought was a fake, or that it was at least miss sold, but can anyone confirm or deny my suspicions? I can take pictures of the guitar if need be.
#2
Pics would be great. Also does the trussrod cover have 3 screws? Thats a dead givaway for Gibson fakes.
#3
Lets see some pictures man
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#5
That does sound really sus. Can you get us a close up on the head stock in the pics?
#6
Quote by BabyWantABottle
What does it say on headstock?

If it doesnt say gibson, i'll bet my hamster its fake.
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Snark Headstock tuner!
#7
#8
The headstock is legitimate Gibson. Maybe they sold you a 2008 gibson thinkin it was a 2001 and stupid people ftw?
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#9
Looks real, but you should send over bigger photos and ask gibson customer support, they should be able to verify if it's real. Plus the store might've just made a mistake.
#10
What would you like larger images of? I can re take them and link to them again.

And the problem with it being a mistake it the machine heads aren't as listed on the website, and the year IS wrong. How much would a 2nd hand 2008 SG Standard be, more or less than a 2001?
#11
Your guitar was made at the
Nashville Plant, TN, USA
January 22nd, 2008
Production Number: 395

EDIT: You bought a USED SG, the previous owner probably just upgraded the machine heads.
Last edited by consecutive e at Aug 1, 2010,
#12
Quote by consecutive e
Your guitar was made at the
Nashville Plant, TN, USA
January 22nd, 2008
Production Number: 395

EDIT: You bought a USED SG, the previous owner probably just upgraded the machine heads.


I am aware that could be the case, but it was sold as a 2001 Gibson SG, with the original machine heads. That was why I was suspicious.
#13
you should be able to tell it's a real gibson by playing it, to be honest
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#14
Quote by Doomsday94
I am aware that could be the case, but it was sold as a 2001 Gibson SG, with the original machine heads. That was why I was suspicious.

Shops screw up sometimes, you got the better end of the deal anyway. My Spector was advertised as LX5 but it was actually a Euro 5. It happens.
#16
Quote by Doomsday94
I am aware that could be the case, but it was sold as a 2001 Gibson SG, with the original machine heads. That was why I was suspicious.


I wouldn’t worry too much about that. People who work at music stores make mistakes sometimes.
#17
Thank you all very much for your help. I guess it comes down to if I want to take it back and get a brand new one or not, which I will have to think about, as the saving for a guitar that has a few minor compression marks and slight buckle rash vs having a brand new Gibson SG is a different matter.

Thank you all for the help.