#1
I am thinking of buying a Gibson Les Paul but I am on a budget right now, I could go up to $800. Looking on craigslist I found this
http://sfbay.craigslist.org/eby/msg/4495420920.html

http://sfbay.craigslist.org/sby/msg/4509390436.html

I am interested in them but the lack of close up pictures makes me nervous. Should I ask for more pictures or is this enough for you guys to see if its a fake? Thank you.

6/12/14 11:07 PST Need a check on this one too.
http://monterey.craigslist.org/msg/4442734363.html

thanks
Last edited by darrent567 at Jun 12, 2014,
#2
in my opinion I´d say real. the logo´s right, 2 screws on the truss plate, the neck and joint look correct and nothing really catches the eye when looking at the placement of the hardware. Some pics of the cavity holes would of been nice to see the wiring and pots and the basic carving of the cavities but you can email and ask for those....if you google fake gibson you can see some pics of what it shouldn´t look like. The case on the second one is original too
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#3
Ask to see a close up of the bridge and the back side of the neck where it joins the headstock. Theyre the two big give aways (not always definite though) There should be NO flat head screw adjustment on the bridge, it SHOULD have thumbscrew adjustment with the adjusters between the bridge and the body on the pegs/shafts. And there should never be a scarf joint at the neck. If either of these things, epiphone style bridge or scarf joint is present, then walk away.
#4
Always ask for more pics, it never hurts. Both look legit to me though, first one looks like a studio faded cherry, the second a studio std in wine red. Both might be priced a little on the high side for what they are.
#5
Looks like all the other faded studios I have seen I'd say it's real
#6
They all look real to me.

When in doubt take the control cavity off and take a look. Gibsons are clean and sometimes rough on the top edges. Chinese fakes usually have black goo all over the cavity and are poorly cut all around. Small unbranded pots are also a giveaway.
#8
Is paying that much for a used worth it? Also is the second one a gold series? lol I played guitar for 2 years and I am still a noob at it.
Last edited by darrent567 at Jun 12, 2014,
#9
Quote by darrent567
Is paying that much for a used worth it? Also is the second one a gold series? lol I played guitar for 2 years and I am still a noob at it.


From what I've seen on ebay the faded LP's like the first one goes around 500-575. A glossy regular studio model around 575-650 depending on condition.

The second LP is just a studio with gold hardware. I think the only difference between that and the "gold series" model is the gold truss rod cover.
#10
Pictures came back msg me if you want to have a look! Everything looks fine to me think I am going to get it! Thanks for the help!
Last edited by darrent567 at Jun 12, 2014,
#12
Quote by ehbacon
wow $500 jump on that

I'm getting the first one mainly because I live closer to that one.
#13
Quote by darrent567
I'm getting the first one mainly because I live closer to that one.

i like that one a lot better. enjoy it!
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#14
A LP Studio is a nice axe for not much $$. I had one for a few years but we just never fell in love. I am a certified Fenderholic.
"Your sound is in your hands as much as anything. It's the way you pick, and the way you hold the guitar, more than it is the amp or the guitar you use." -- Stevie Ray Vaughan

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Guthrie on tone: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zmohdG9lLqY