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Is this a real Gibson Les Paul?

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

  1. Rat Blitz

    Rat Blitz

    Jan 6, 2009
    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.

  2. Tonegasm


    Mar 22, 2010


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


    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    Dont beleeb so
  4. Gorn

    Gorn Supporting Member

    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    It's pretty though.
  5. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
    Yes sir says right there on top
  6. bassvirtuoso

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

    Feb 28, 2006

    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.
  7. There are so many counterfeit Les Pauls out there, both guitars & basses. One has to be very careful buying used Les Pauls.
  8. 3 screw trussrod cover too
  9. The body shape says ARIA to me.
  10. Baird6869

    Baird6869 RIP Gord Downey. A True Canadian Icon. Supporting Member

    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".
  11. It astounds me that anyone would bother to bootleg a Les Paul bass
  12. GreaserMatt


    Sep 4, 2004
    Seattle, WA
    That headstock shape is a dead giveaway; the top of it should look exactly like an open book...
  13. daveman50

    daveman50 Supporting Member

    Feb 24, 2007
    Westchester County NY
    me too!!
  14. Baird6869

    Baird6869 RIP Gord Downey. A True Canadian Icon. Supporting Member

    +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.
  15. Baird6869

    Baird6869 RIP Gord Downey. A True Canadian Icon. Supporting Member

    Here's my old but all original Les Paul 5er for comparison....


    Hers a 2011 oversized I used to own:

  16. 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.