Epiphone Les Paul

Learn how to spot fakes with a 25 step guide

Created 2023-02-21 ©goVerify, Inc.

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25 point

1. Profile

Learn how to spot a fake Epiphone Les Paul with this detailed 25 point step-by-step guide by goVerify.

6. Truss Rod Cover

Check that the plastic truss rod cover looks neatly finished and perfectly symmetrical. Note that it sits up against the nut and is centred between the headstock edges. Check that the three rounded crosshead screws do not sit too close to the edge of the truss rod cover. The printed text on the truss rod cover may vary from model to model, and some come without any text at all. In this case, make sure the print is solid. Also, note how this specific truss rod cover is made up of two joined pieces of black and white plastic of differing sizes, which creates this tiered finish.

13. Frets

On an Epiphone Les Paul both ends of every fret are filed down smoothly at a slight angle. Note how the frets run over the fretboard and sit away from the edge of the neck, approximately halfway across the neck binding. Note that all the frets run parallel to each other.

16. Strap Button

Both strap buttons on an Epiphone Les Paul are made of a solid piece of metal that’s been attached to the guitar body with a solid crosshead screw. Note how chunky and well-machined the button looks. Also take note of the piece of felt between the strap button and the body.

24. Rear View

The Epiphone Les Paul has a very unique shape. Take note of the positions of the backplate and the switch cover.

Headstock Signature
Truss Rod Cover
Headstock Binding
Tuning Pegs
Tuning Peg Detail
Serial Number
Headstock Wings
Headstock Neck Join
Fretboard Inlay
Body Binding
Strap Button
Volume Knobs
Knob Detail
Pickup Selector Switch
Jack Socket
Rear View

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