Counterfeit Gibson Guitars

counterfeit Gibson Custom Shop Black Beauty

Here's a page that Gibson put together: http://www2.gibson.com/News-Lifestyle/Features/en-us/CounterfeitGibsons....

Here in Podunk, Idaho (Lewiston, ID/Clarkston, WA) a friend bought a "Custom Shop Black Beauty" for himself as a Christmas present ... he'd wanted a LP for years, then he started looking close and discovered that the pots and wiring just didn't look right, he called Gibson and they told him that the serial number was not correct ... then he researched and found the things documented on the Gibson site in the above web page ... the improperly slanted logo, wrong lettering and style of the truss rod cover, wrong truss rod route, shoddy pots and wiring ... it was a $300 china counterfeit (including case) ...

Luckily my friend got his $!%oo (money) back ... but who's next in line thinking they are getting a deal on a Custom Shop guitar, when in fact they are getting a china counterfeit ...

BTW in my opinion the 2006 Melody Maker sitting right next to this guitar was 10 times the guitar ... it was magic ... this one just didn't seem right to me when I handled it ...

I think this picture is of the same guitar ...