Jimi Hendrix owned one; so did Mark Knopfler, Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page. The Gibson Les Paul guitar, in continuous production since 1952, is arguably one of the top electric guitars of the past 60 years. It has been favored by some of the premier guitar players in the rock, country, jazz and blues genres.
Because the Gibson Les Paul has been around for so long and is such an esteemed guitar, it is a highly-sought-after collectible. Rare Les Pauls have sold for close to half a million dollars at auction. Though such prices are uncommon, a vintage Les Paul regularly bring over five figures.
When prices get up into the stratosphere, con men come out of the woodwork. Les Paul knockoffs are now being made in China in a blatant attempt to deceive buyers. The Chinese “Les Paul” guitars try to match the instrument with visual precision, all the way down to Les Paul’s signature and “Made in the USA” stamped into the back of the headstock. Sometimes the sellers of a counterfeit Les Paul deliberately distress a new knockoff in order to sell it as a vintage guitar. Read More
Originally posted 2013-12-14 13:21:00.