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Need help to see where this Fake Gibson Blackbird came from!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Rayontour, Dec 23, 2013.

  1. Rayontour

    Rayontour

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    Hello all!
    I was wondering if anyone out there can help me find anything out about this apparently fake Gibson Sixx Blackbird? I work for touring bands and I purchased this from a "friend" on a tour (funny enough that tour actually had the artist who this bass was made for on the tour!) that sold me this instrument and cited it was a re-vamped prototype from 2005 since "he" wanted to make some changes to his model. Well, I know one of the original designers and techs that worked directly with Gibson to make the original Blackbirds, and he informed me that it was wishy washy. Anyway, I tried to search the usual Chinese Bootleg sites and that stuff but I did not see where any Blackbird copies were made. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
    https://www.dropbox.com/s/frabqia8gb53i3r/IMG_2762.JPG
    https://www.dropbox.com/s/l2c2pphi32dddma/IMG_2773.JPG
    https://www.dropbox.com/s/p1plpaq7tk25f4p/IMG_2782.JPG
    https://www.dropbox.com/s/o1fs4hgpfvsv47p/IMG_2821.JPG
    https://www.dropbox.com/s/hhwhwfiwfe3yhx1/IMG_2756.JPG
  2. Rayontour

    Rayontour

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    This is a total fake, right? Or something dressed up as one??
  3. TBird1958

    TBird1958 As a matter of fact....I am your Queen! Supporting Member

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    It looks like a refinned Studio (disco'd several years ago) to me. The headstock looks correct for that model as does the flat non stepped body and set neck. Gibson has done a lot of very interesting one off things over the years, I've never seen another like this but I'm not too surpised looking at it. It looks like it has a S/N stamped on the back of the headstock, care to share it?
  4. hdracer

    hdracer Supporting Member

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    Serial number looks good, 2002 Studio but the inlays look real and blown up the finish looks like the Gibson satin. The case looks to be right too.

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