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New LPF Rule: Inquiries to authenticate/legitimize a Gibson as real or counterfeit

MikeSlub

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Dear Les Paul Forum Members,

In the past few weeks, we have experienced a few incidents when members have posted an inquiry as to whether a Gibson is real or counterfeit/fake.

One of the benefits of membership in the Les Paul Forum is the ability to help one another with information about guitars, including help with authenticating them.

However, we must avoid the unintended consequences of questioning the authenticity of a guitar on a whim, thus becoming armchair "judge and jury", and putting an owner of what may be a legitimate guitar in the position of having to defend the authenticity of their instrument.

So - it is okay to ask for help in authenticating a guitar, but we require that you include the reason for your inquiry so that the Les Paul Forum does not become an indiscriminate "witch hunt". If you do not include a reason for your inquiry, your thread or post will be deleted by the Moderators.

Thank you in advance for your understanding and cooperation with this requirement. :eek:la:hank
 
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Big Hern

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Dear Les Paul Forum Members,

In the past few weeks, we have experienced a few incidents when members have posted an inquiry as to whether a Gibson is real or counterfeit/fake.

One of the benefits of membership in the Les Paul Forum is the ability to help one another with information about guitars, including help with authenticating them.

However, we must avoid the unintended consequences of questioning the authenticity of a guitar on a whim, thus becoming armchair "judge and jury", and putting an owner of what may be a legitimate guitar in the position of having to defend the authenticity of their instrument.

So - it is okay to ask for help in authenticating a guitar, but we require that you include the reason for your inquiry so that the Les Paul Forum does not become an indiscriminate "witch hunt". If you do not include a reason for your inquiry, your thread or post will be deleted by the Moderators.

Thank you in advance for your understanding and cooperation with this requirement. :eek:la:hank

Thanks Mike... Gary at Guitars West, Inc.
 

Big Hern

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Dear Les Paul Forum Members,

In the past few weeks, we have experienced a few incidents when members have posted an inquiry as to whether a Gibson is real or counterfeit/fake.

One of the benefits of membership in the Les Paul Forum is the ability to help one another with information about guitars, including help with authenticating them.

However, we must avoid the unintended consequences of questioning the authenticity of a guitar on a whim, thus becoming armchair "judge and jury", and putting an owner of what may be a legitimate guitar in the position of having to defend the authenticity of their instrument.

So - it is okay to ask for help in authenticating a guitar, but we require that you include the reason for your inquiry so that the Les Paul Forum does not become an indiscriminate "witch hunt". If you do not include a reason for your inquiry, your thread or post will be deleted by the Moderators.

Thank you in advance for your understanding and cooperation with this requirement. :eek:la:hank

Mike,
Wow, I just saw this...
Thanks, BH
 

Big Al

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Absolutely, Mike. I'd like to add that it is all right to not know. If you do not KNOW, it's OK, but don't post any answer with things you think may be, or look up in some badly researched book, to try and answer something you don't actually know. If you feel compelled to answer a question like this, keep it factual.
 
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