Apparently we are flooded with counterfeit Gibson guitars now. Who will be next? I would like to know exactly what the US Federal Trade Commission, the agency charged with policing this type of thing, is doing, if anything.
Note: The picture provided as a link is real GibsonLes Paul as shown by Dallas Guitar repair. You can count on an expert repair shop such as Dallas Guitar Repair to know a genuine instrument from a fake. Recommended website full of great guitar info!
Gibson Guitar Warns Consumers About Counterfeit Instruments
Source: Rogers & Cowan
Gibson Guitar, the world’s premiere musical instrument manufacturer and leader in music technology continues to protect its intellectual property rights and provide consumer protection against the growing problem of counterfeit instruments being shipped from and sold by outlets and individuals in China.
Consumers can check any of the references below when examining a Gibson guitar in an effort to insure its authenticity:
-Make sure the size is not undersized
-The headstock and headstock logo should match those of authentic Gibson guitars
-Pearl should always be inlaid
-Les Paul Model script is always in cursive
-If the guitar has a 3 screw truss rod it is not authentic
-Check the control and pick up cavities for sloppy routing or wiring
-Real Gibson guitars use one piece necks
-Many fake Gibsons have their pickup cavities painted black inside
-If purchasing a Gibson always ask for the Gibson’s Owner Manual and Gibson/Warranty Inspection Card
-Check the wiring, if it is plastic it isn’t a true Gibson
Other information on spotting a fake guitar can be found on www.gibson.com.
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