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    Is this a Fake?

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    If it's not fake, it's been extensively modified. If the guy put those bird inlays in, I'd be a little concerned about the quality of the work, and the Shield on the first fret looks a little dodgy, too, though the pics aren't great. Pickups are definitely wrong. They look like Bill Lawrence knockoffs, definitely not the DiMarzios the D would indicate. The bridge doesn't look right.

    I wouldn't touch the thing personally. I see legit Koa JP100Ds on GC in the $499 range pretty regularly.
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    Those are stick-on inlays, and easily removed. The 1st fret sheild is original.

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    What we have here, once you take the inlays off, is a good condition SBMM Koa JP without the original pickups. Too high a price? Maybe, but you can always argue that the pickups lower the price and make them a reasonable offer.
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    Interesting. Seems like those stickers would get in the way and peel up after a while. Ah well, still think it's a bit overpriced, especially without the original pickups. Although if they are Bill Lawrence I wouldn't mind hearing it. I've got XL500s in a couple of guitars and love them.
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    2007 Axis Pacific Blue Burst (9/25/07)
    2016 Axis SS Starry Night PDN (11/23/16)
    2016 Axis SS Semi-Hollow Trans Teal one-off (6/8/16)
    2018 Axis BFR Steel Blue No. 45 (9/18/18)
    2010 JP6 Mystic Dream (6/22/10)
    1989 Fender HM Strat HSS Blackstone
    2016 Gibson Les Paul Studio Deluxe Caribbean Night
    1995 Washburn N2 Padauk Stain
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    SBMM JP70 Trans Purpleburst
    SBMM S.U.B. SB4 Black

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