Is this a real Gibson Les Paul?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Rat Blitz, Jan 4, 2013.


  1. Rat Blitz

    Rat Blitz

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    Is this a real Gibson Les Paul?
    Deal seems too good to believe and the dot markers just don't look like other ones I've seen.

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  2. Lublin

    Lublin Supporting Member

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    Nope.

    Giveaways:

    No open book headstock shape
    Frets on top of binding
  3. Figjam

    Figjam Supporting Member

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    Dont beleeb so
  4. Gorn Captain

    Gorn Captain Supporting Member

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    It's pretty though.
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  6. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion Gold Supporting Member

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    Yes sir says right there on top
  7. bassvirtuoso

    bassvirtuoso My God, it's full of chrome! Supporting Member

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    No.

    Two reasons: not a bridge used in the early 90's when the Les Paul basses looked like that. Also, not the correct pickups used by Gibson at that time, they were either Barts or the black Thunderbird pickups. No gold markings on those pickups back then. Also, not the correct headstock shape either.
  8. TolerancEJ

    TolerancEJ

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    There are so many counterfeit Les Pauls out there, both guitars & basses. One has to be very careful buying used Les Pauls.
  9. DeliriumTremens

    DeliriumTremens

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    3 screw trussrod cover too
  10. 12stringbassist

    12stringbassist

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    The body shape says ARIA to me.
  11. Baird6869

    Baird6869 Supporting Member

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    Nobody is stupid enough to actually pay me to play their gear.
    The "Les Paul" script on the headstock is a dead giveaway.

    Basses can be refretted, pickups and bridges changed, etc.... But the headstock is also wrong... And the entire bass just looks "different".
  12. RCCollins

    RCCollins Supporting Member

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    It astounds me that anyone would bother to bootleg a Les Paul bass
  13. GreaserMatt

    GreaserMatt

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    That headstock shape is a dead giveaway; the top of it should look exactly like an open book...
  14. daveman50

    daveman50 Supporting Member

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    me too!!
  15. Baird6869

    Baird6869 Supporting Member

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    +1. If this bass is real, it is a $600-900 bass tops. A mint guitar-looking Standard (bindings, carved top, etc) might go for just over a grand.
  16. Baird6869

    Baird6869 Supporting Member

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    Nobody is stupid enough to actually pay me to play their gear.
    Here's my old but all original Les Paul 5er for comparison....

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    Hers a 2011 oversized I used to own:

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  17. Pauler1976

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    Yeah I just saw that on Kijiji today myselfand was wondering the same thing... Doesn't seem right from the other Les Paul's I've looked at and of course the price is too good to be true.

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