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Les Pauls are the most sought after vintage electric guitars. PERIOD. When even a 1960 Les Paul Burst in great shape can command $150,000, that definitely makes it worth the while of the counterfeiters to go the distance. However given the level of scrutiny involved on such an instrument, the amount of time and materials taken to make it would mean you're talking about an instrument that would otherwise be thousands of dollars new. There of course is also voluminous amounts of literature on the early les pauls, meaning if someone does their homework, they can do it.Well it's not just the 300 per pop merchants, it's the guys who build forgeries and pass them off as real.
There was a huge scam exposed in the UK a few years back re Les Paul guitars. Believe me, the detail went to by the forgers was ridiculous. Even the pick up winding wire was the same (under the microscope). Believe me some "so called experts" were suckered. Some lesser known details (which I won't go into here) were "on the button". It's scary and it really scared me to the extent that unless an old guitar that I wished to purchase had good provenance, no way would I buy it.
If someone heading to buy a used EBMM I guess it is good to have the opportunity to check out the specs by SN.
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