Gibson les paul custom dating

I’ll start with trying to date the instrument, but keep in mind that dating and identifying Gibson guitars typically go hand in hand.I get several questions about Gibson serial numbers every day, and my initial answer is always to not expect or rely on the serial number alone to determine the year of manufacture.Gibson has used numerous serialization systems over its 100-plus-year history, and a majority of these numbers were used haphazardly—and rarely in consecutive order—until the system was standardized in 1977.Up until the early 1960s, serial numbers were fairly consistent, but for most of the 1960s and 1970s, six-digit numbers were used pretty much at random.

Basically, dating the pots only confirms the time the guitar could have been produced.

Ryan suggested putting it under a 20-ton compressor, and filming the “execution.” And that’s what we did.

At an undisclosed location, we snuck this aberration of a guitar into a machine shop, plugged it into my 50-watt Marshall JCM800, and proceeded to send this bogus baby back to the screaming-banshee hell cave from whence it came. SAY NO TO THUGSCounterfeits of Gibson, Fender, Gretsch, Rickenbacker, PRS, Martin, and other models are rampant.

Etched into the trussrod cover is “Les Paul Custom,” and on the back of the headstock are the words “Made in U. A.”, along with an embossed nine-digit serial number. The frets are scratchy, the fingerboard is dry, and it won’t stay in tune. They may look authentic and cool from a distance, but they will never play with the class and distinction of the real thing.

The pickups are low-output, anemic, and microphonic as all hell. My counterfeit job is of an actual, limited-run model the Gibson Custom Shop produced in 2012.

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