#1
I was checking out my Girlfriend's Brother's guitar today... It's a black Epiphone guitar, but on the headpiece (bearing the Epiphone logo), the truss rod cover reads "GIBSON" in the traditional vertical alignment.

Is this normal?

Besides that, the headstock also has "Special Model" printed on it. I have a picture that I will upload later.

More info: it's a black solid body with one cutaway. I have the serial number from the plate on the back. Where can I check?

It's not too old, but at least 4-5 years old. I'm not really sure as it hasn't faced much play.

EDIT: From the Guitar Dater Project:

Your guitar was made at the
Sae Jung Plant, China
June 2003
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#2
someone probably bought a Gibson truss rod cover and replaced the Epiphone one
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#3
I think there might be a couple models that do have Gibson on the truss rod, I am not positive though
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#4
Quote by funkymonkz
someone probably bought a Gibson truss rod cover and replaced the Epiphone one


I don't think so. The guitar has never been in the hands of someone who really knows anything about guitars...

Is there anyway to find the model type from the serial number? I have a picture of the Headstock.

I'm wondering if I should buy the guitar. I was offered it for $100. Maybe I could buy some decent pickups or something. I'm curious about the wood on it.
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#5
I have the same guitar. The Epiphone Specials were the really cheap LPs that came in bundle packs with an amp. Mine has the Gibson truss rod cover too. It's not a rare oddity or anything like that. It's just Gibson putting there name on cheap Epiphone guitars to make just a little bit more legitimate.
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Quote by MacFamousKid
I have the same guitar. The Epiphone Specials were the really cheap LPs that came in bundle packs with an amp. Mine has the Gibson truss rod cover too. It's not a rare oddity or anything like that. It's just Gibson putting there name on cheap Epiphone guitars to make just a little bit more legitimate.


Interesting. How much did the guitar cost?

Should I buy it and upgrade?
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#7
gibson makes epiphones so they decide to put their name on it. this is very common and appears on the epiphone g 400s.
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#8
I've seen lots of epis with gibson on the trussrod cover.
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#9
I'm trying to identify the price on this thing.



It's this shape. Pure black gloss-no trim. 2 humbuckers, not single coil. Only two knobs and a 3 switch pickup selector at the bottom of the guitar.
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#10
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I'm trying to identify the price on this thing.



It's this shape. Pure black gloss-no trim. 2 humbuckers, not single coil. Only two knobs and a 3 switch pickup selector at the bottom of the guitar.

I think your describing an epi special II. They sell for about 150$ new.
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Is it worth buying and upgrading?

Not really. You'd have to replace everything and the body is sometimes made of plywood.
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#13
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Not really. You'd have to replace everything and the body is sometimes made of plywood.


It's telling my that it is laminated Alder/Maple...
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#14
laminated=plywood
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#15
Special Epiphone models do say Gibson on the truss cover..
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#16
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Special Epiphone models do say Gibson on the truss cover..

so does my sheraton, and some of the older epis. usually they either have the gibson trussrod cover or the E trussrod cover which looks like a cross between the sign for euros and the sign for the soviet union In soviet russia, epiphone buys you!
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#17
better to start with a LP standard and slowly upgrade from there. like the low end squier guitars, it's hard to find a good epiphone special.
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#18
All of my Epiphones except the Custom say Gibson on the truss cover.


As far as buying a Special to upgrade.... don't. They simply are not worth it. Not even the LP100s or the Epiphone LP Studio.
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#20
I like GIBSON on the truss rod cover, its sort of the equivalent of "by Fender" on a Squier. But for whatever reason GIbson has stopped putting their name on epi guitars so if you want the GIBSON name you have to buy it, there is one seller on ebay offering this product, its about $12 plus tax.