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#1
I purchase an epi custom almost a month ago around 350 to 400$ in almost new condition. My friend just said its better if I post pictures here and ask you if its real or a fake copy of epiphone(as copies are very common in my country)
here are a few pictures
sorry for the low quality







Last edited by karimbaig at Apr 4, 2013,
#2
go figure it yourself
Last edited by paruwi at Apr 3, 2013,
#3
helpful photos are quality images of the control cavity.

take the back cover off and get a nice image in there.

i'm no expert on fake Epi's but that would be helpful to anyone that is.

if you can get a pic of under the neck pick up that's helpful too.
#4
Quote by gregs1020
helpful photos are quality images of the control cavity.

take the back cover off and get a nice image in there.

i'm no expert on fake Epi's but that would be helpful to anyone that is.

if you can get a pic of under the neck pick up that's helpful too.

I'll do that tomorrow
#5
Quote by paruwi
Need a pic of the serial#

but looks not good........

98% sure it is a fake

there you go
#7
Quote by paruwi
I'll give you the missing 2%

100% fake


do you have anything solid to prove that?
#8
just look up epi les paul custom serial numbers on google images, yours just looks sloppy.
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#10
Quote by AyyItsAndrew
just look up epi les paul custom serial numbers on google images, yours just looks sloppy.


Well I saw on the internet about the knobs being parallel which they are in my guitar I will check the cavity tomorrow and about the bindings too they are also just like any other les paul custom
#11
I don't think that serial number follows typical Epiphone format. It's usually 11 digits IIRC.


I could be wrong though. You could try calling Gibson and giving them your serial to identify it.
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Last edited by H4T3BR33D3R at Apr 2, 2013,
#13
Quote by H4T3BR33D3R
I don't think that serial number follows typical Epiphone format. It's usually 11 digits IIRC.


I could be wrong though. You could try calling Gibson and giving them your serial to identify it.


The serial number is fine. I checked its a 2005 made in korea les paul
#15
Quote by paruwi
NO, the binding on the headstock is wrong

the binding is same bro
you can watch compare it with the pictures on epiphone dot com
#17
Quote by paruwi
they do both....

what's easier to sell ?

10 faked Epis (each for 300) to kids or their clueless parents

or 1 faked Gibson for 300

I can get a refund of my money. The guy has a very big store and is very popular among our local musicians but I need solid legit reasons to prove that its a fake epiphone
#20
Could just be me, the distance between bridge and tailpiece seems abnormally large
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#21
Quote by paruwi
Need a pic of the serial#

but looks not good........

98% sure it is a fake


You can at least point out what's looking not good? Looks like you just trying to scare the guy.
I usually spot by checking for the regularities.

Logo is fine.
Series number looks normal. Usually the fakes start with EE and are printed quite shallow.
Truss rod cover is ok. Most Epiphones have 3 screws. It's only a fuss when it's on a "Gibson".
Groover style tuner - checked.
All 4 knobs angled and position looks to be alright. The top are in line with the pickguard screw and a little behind the stopbar.

What's left is the finer details like how clean the wiring is inside the back cavity. Is the cavity painted black or not.

The condition of the finishing also matters. Is it fine finished overall or are these any rough edges.

Check the frets to see if they are even and if any of them are sticking out to the edges. also check the neck by looking at it from the bridge to see if it's straight/slightly bowed or uneven.
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#22
Quote by paruwi
they do both....

what's easier to sell ?

10 faked Epis (each for 300) to kids or their clueless parents

or 1 faked Gibson for 300



you got a point

although id assume they raise th eprice a bit on the gibson casue 300 for a gibson is too good to be true
#27
Quote by karimbaig
Well as far as this thread is concerned my Epiphone is real


I would say that too, but the diamond looks abit too far from the line connecting the top two tuners. Also just my personal observation. The middle two tunners are not in the same height.
Last edited by Arunas at Apr 2, 2013,
#29
Quote by paruwi
Please don't give advice on spotting fake Epis.........

You don't really know what to look at


do you have any picture of real Epiphone bindings?
#30
Quote by paruwi
Please don't give advice on spotting fake Epis.........

You don't really know what to look at


Then please master. Show us what to look for.
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#33
Quote by Arunas
I would say that too, but the diamond looks abit too far from the line connecting the top two tuners. Also just my personal observation. The middle two tunners are not in the same height.


Might be possible because the surface on which the guitar is not solid
#35
Quote by karimbaig
Might be possible because the surface on which the guitar is not solid


http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/801/img0041aef.jpg/

EDIT: I just double checked with my Standard and it seems my bottom two tunners are the same as your middle two, and I got mine from a local licensed shop, so this should NOT be something to worry about.
Last edited by Arunas at Apr 2, 2013,
#38
Yeah. The binding around the headstock joint looks way too thick.
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#39
Quote by T00DEEPBLUE
Yeah. The binding around the headstock joint looks way too thick.

+1 I did not even notice that at first
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#40
Something to remember, its still Epiphone, ricepicking every little detail is useless as there will always be a margin of error, these are chinese/korean guitars. If you like it, and it feels and plays good, **** cosmetics. I've had mine for over 4 years now, and its my to-go guitar. While looking through every little detail because of your thread, its forcing me to spot imperfections in my guitar also, and its just not worth the headache.

Is your similar to this(this is a newer model but only the pickups have changed)? Then its real. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PdokqM3z6hc
Last edited by Arunas at Apr 2, 2013,
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