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Special Report: Gibson Fakes Flood The Market

Special Report: Gibson Fakes Flood The Market
This fake was found on Craigslist this morning. Note the hard 'line' in the sunburst on the left side of the guitar--a dead giveaway.

Anyone who has recently shopped for a guitar on eBay or Craigslist is probably already aware of the growing counterfeit guitar market. Ads featuring "quality Gibson guitars" for less than $300 have been appearing for months, and although eBay and other authorities have been cracking down much harder on the fraudulent guitars of late, they are still fairly easy to find.

Also disturbing is the trend of disreputable guitar dealers snapping up these cheap-o fakes and passing them off to their customers as the real deal.

One such story that made the headlines recently involves a dealer in North Carolina who was selling fake Les Paul Customs for $1,000. A local teen who purchased one of the fakes became suspicious, and after doing some online research discovered his guitar was not an authentic Gibson. He reported the dealer, which has led to a State investigation of the counterfeits which spans "half the globe". (Click here to read the entire article.)

In an effort to help our fellow guitar players out there from being duped, we are publishing below a press release from Gibson USA that includes information on how to detect counterfeit guitars. Take a minute to do your own investigating before you buy any used guitar, and remember, if a deal sounds too good to be true then it usually is.

From Gibson USA:

Gibson Guitar is looking to provide consumer protection against the growing problem of counterfeit instruments being shipped from and sold by outlets and individuals in China.

Several complaints from consumers who were sold fake instruments has prompted an aggressive move on Gibson Guitar’s part to work with government officials and other instrument marketers in an effort to curtail the growing problem. Gibson Guitar advises all consumers to purchase Gibson instruments only from their network of authorized dealers. Authorized Gibson dealers can be found on the company’s web site at and should be referred to by consumers when purchasing their choice of Gibson instrument. A consumer is warned against purchasing any Gibson brand instrument outside of the authorized dealer network and the inevitable risk of purchasing what can turn out to be a fake.

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