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    Les Paul Forum Member Steve Redrobe's Avatar
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    Is This A Counterfeit 335?

    It's a long time since my last post, I'm sorry, but I've been rather pre-occupied with the violin of late.

    My neighbour has just purchased - for a ridiculously low price - a guitar that claims to be a Gibson 335, however the serial number and quality of wood makes me suspect its provenance.

    I would be very grateful if someone who knows about such things would kindly take a look at these photographs for me:












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    Les Paul Forum Member Steve Redrobe's Avatar
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    Re: Is This A Counterfeit 335?

    I've just taken a look under the truss-rod cover and found no truss-rod nut - just a hole where one should be:



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    All Access/Backstage Pass Cody's Avatar
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    Re: Is This A Counterfeit 335?

    Yes, it's fake; likely chinese. In addition to your observations, the body shape is off, the Gibson logo tilts weirdly, and both it as well as the crown inlay are off-center, the bridge studs are slotted etc.

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    Les Paul Forum Member Kris Ford's Avatar
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    Re: Is This A Counterfeit 335?

    Bummer..
    Definitely a Chinese fake!


    (I love the color of the inlays though!)
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    Les Paul Forum Member Steve Redrobe's Avatar
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    Re: Is This A Counterfeit 335?

    Thank you both very much indeed.

    All the very best,

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    Re: Is This A Counterfeit 335?

    Chibson


    and they forgot to put in a truss rod?
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    Re: Is This A Counterfeit 335?

    Yes & those yellow and red electric wire through the F hole

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    Re: Is This A Counterfeit 335?

    Quote Originally Posted by J T View Post
    Chibson


    and they forgot to put in a truss rod?
    no forget ! ...you want truss rod ? ..that extra dolla !!!!!

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    Re: Is This A Counterfeit 335?

    The inlays are wrong for a block neck, too.

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    Re: Is This A Counterfeit 335?

    Where did he buy it? How much did he pay?
    "Nice case" ~ Joe Bonamassa

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    Re: Is This A Counterfeit 335?

    the only thing correct is that it has six strings

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    Re: Is This A Counterfeit 335?

    To the OP, yes

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    Re: Is This A Counterfeit 335?

    The pick guard bracket is also wrong.
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    Re: Is This A Counterfeit 335?

    Looks like it came from the factory with the upgraded ebony fingerboard. Or it could be dyed that black color. Did it come with a case or the standard factory gig bag?
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