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jgyn

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Today I played a Les Paul fake made in China. Carved maple flamed top AND back! While I could easily surmise its bogusness, I was quite chuffed by the quality of the build, and the overall decency of playability and sound.
 

toneshun

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hahha, nicely-frenched'up name =)

i wonder are how many different brands they have? or are they made in the same factories, but different company bid on them to have their brands on it?

i guess Gib$on is tired to cracking 'em down; since they sprawl on the internet like microbes in water..
 

Drew68

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Today I played a Les Paul fake made in China. Carved maple flamed top AND back! While I could easily surmise its bogusness, I was quite chuffed by the quality of the build, and the overall decency of playability and sound.

They run the gamut from total garbage to decent Epiphone-quality. I wouldn't be surprised if some of the fakes rolled off the Epiphone assembly line. One of the prices Gibson pays for relocating Epiphone from Korea to China.

Still, it's a fake. I know a lot of players justify buying counterfeits by saying they want a cheap "stage" guitar and would never try and sell it as a Gibson. Nonetheless, introducing these counterfeits in circulation is, in my opinion, morally (as well as legally) wrong.

This being said, I feel it's a losing battle. Counterfeit Les Pauls seem to be increasing in quality every year and stemming this tide will be all but impossible.
 
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