Created 2023-02-07 ©goVerify, Inc.
Learn how to spot a fake Gibson SG with this detailed 44 point step-by-step guide by goVerify.
A new Gibson SG gets shipped in its guitar case. Note how the guitar case inside the box is held in place by a large piece of bubble wrap at the end, accompanied by a sturdy box insert which fits securely underneath the opening flap.
The Gibson SG often features a decorative "crown" inlay on the headstock. This inlay can either be mother-of-pearl or acrylic - this specific model comes with an acrylic inlay. Note the unique shape of the inlay design, and the positioning of it. Make sure that the inlay looks well-finished and sits perfectly flush against the headstock. Tip: Be aware that certain SG models do not feature a decorative "crown" inlay.
Gibson SGs can come with a variety of different tuning pegs. They are always lined up perfectly straight, and sit away from the edge of the headstock.
Gibson SG guitars come with either mother-of-pearl or acrylic inlays in the fretboard. This specific model comes with acrylic inlays. Make sure that they sit perfectly flush with the fretboard. Note the neat finish, the symmetrical nature of the inlay, and how the inlays and frets run parallel to each other.