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Fake Epiphone Guitars- How To Spot One
Hello everyone, this is Brian Kloby of Ace Guitar Shop with an interesting look into the world of Fake Epiphone Guitars and some important tips on how YOU can spot one. Now... There is a LOT to take into consideration when making the distinction between a real Epiphone Guitar and a fake Epiphone. Epipiphone Guitars incorporate a WIDE variety in style details and specs. BUT, there are some "universal" attributes that apply to most models.
As some of you may be familiar with my eBook "Fake Fender Guitars - How To Spot One" , I was contacted by an individual located in China. This person had claimed to be in the business of distributing High End Axes for Gibson, Fender, Epiphone, Ibanez etc... He wanted to do business with me by selling me large shipments of these guitars to sell here in the USA. It's a good thing I know my guitars well. After studying many pictures of the instruments and through my direct communications with this person I was able to come to the definitive conclusion that EVERYTHING this person had to offer was indeed... a FAKE!
Something you should know... There are a great deal of these guitars in circulation right now. Many of them can be found on shopping sites like eBay, Amazon and Yahoo. In many cases the sellers themselves don't even know that they are selling fake guitars. After you look at some of the pictures you'll see why. These guitars are guaranteed to fool even the most experienced of guitar players if they're not paying attention. My goal is provide you with the info you need to prevent yourself from becoming a victim of a fraudulent Epiphone Guitar sale.
OK, with that said... Let's take a look at a few of these fake Epiphone Guitars. As you're going to see, these guitars can fool even the most experienced of guitarists if not paying attention!
Our first specimen is going to be a Fake Epihone Zakk Wylde Les Paul Guitar. THESE are REALLY tricky to tell the difference. However, there are a few KEY elements to look for with the Epi Zakk Wylde... The most important features are located on the Headstock. You need to pay CLOSE attention to the Logo design and to the inlay work in particular.
Look at these pics below. I'm going to post some comparison backshots of a FAKE Epihone and a REAL Epiphone Zakk Headstock...
Real Epi Zakk Wylde Headstock Backshot:
FAKE Epi Zakk Wylde Headstock Backshot:
Alright, my first indication as to this guitar being fake...