To Sum it up


  • The guitar is not a Gibson.
  • It is aesthetically pleasing, and could fool a great number of people into believing that it is a real Gibson.
  • It is attractive.
  • It plays very well, and sounds good.


It is not a Gibson, the workmanship, whilst good, is nothing compared to the American guitars.  The quality of the parts is shoddy, and it will not have the longevity of a Gibson.

If I’d paid £100 for it I’d be happy.

However thankfully the guy who sold it to me is refunding the cash that I paid.

Thank the Lord for good guys.

Rant over.


8 Responses to “To Sum it up”

  1. Dave Turner says:

    Interesting comments re: Chinese Copies – I have a number of “Posh” guitars (!) but as a left handed player (limited availability) I took a chance last year and purchased a Chinese Les Paul Custom. I concur entirely with your findings but having paid just £220.00 (including hard case) I replaced the pickups and POT’s with an EMG wire-free kit and after a fret board dressing and full set-up I have one hell of a guitar that looks great and that I’m not too scared to take to a gig! Needless to say I still prefer my original Gibsons but there you go.

  2. Mark Leveson says:

    This is a very interesting and helpful article (perhaps the best) and most concise I have read so far. I thank you for all of this. My question is, how much of the information in the article can be applied to Epiphones? Are Epiphones, whether Korean or Chinese built, characterised by any/many of the Chinese copy characteristics spoken of and illustrated? Are the components used in Epiphone instruments of a standard equivalent that of Gibson branded instruments or are they as inferior as those used in counterfeit instruments?

    • Phil says:

      The articles are referenced towards only those guitars that purport to be Gibson guitars. Modern Epiphones claim to be nothing more than Eastern built Gibson style guitars – made under licence. What I object to is those guitars that appear branded as Gibson, but in quality and playability and tonality are no where close to what they claim to be. The Epiphone range of guitars are exactly what they claim to be, and if you get “the right one” they can be very good, but nowhere in their literature do they claim to be “Gibson” guitars!

  3. Graeme Park says:

    I bought a chinese 335. I’ve wanted a red 335 since i first saw Alvin Lee play Love Like A Man but two grand is two grand and I’d already blown the guitar fund on a genuine 57 Les Paul Custom VOS . I digress. The thing cost me $400 delivered and it came playable, but the sound wasn’t brilliant. After a bit of nut filing, fret dressing and a restring, I realised it was very playable so I lashed out and bought a pair of Parson’s Street zebras, a Gotoh Nashville bridge, CTS pots and genuine Grovers. This guitar now is my favourite pick up and play. The new pups make it sound great and I know its not a Gibson, never will be a Gibson and I will not try to pass it off as a Gibson. Its a really nice guitar though.

    • Phil says:

      Agreed – this guitar was playable – and with a pickup upgrade could have been a great learner’s guitar – BUT when advertised as a Gibson – definately a NO!

  4. Roger says:

    I solved the problem.
    As with you guys a refret, Bone Nut, and brass bridge made a lot of difference of course restring, but you replace strings monthly anyway if you play every day.
    We all have our own brand we like, so why sweat a set of strings.
    But Really I also paid the price and bought an Ibanez. Very good guitar indeed.
    Bought it in the US second hand as new (and it is) for $900usd, and played it in Vegas. Well finished but I went up a gauge on the strings to 11-49, it came with 10s.
    so to each his own.
    The guitar you love is the one that falls into your hands easily and feels like it is YOUR guitar. Play it before you buy I, is my advice

  5. Silvester Bericic says:

    I bought a sg custom, and was amazed at the workmanship. It is heavier, and I am not a conaxur of sound, but I do know how to solder. I have a 61 and a 62 lp sg, and depending on how I set the amp, well, I don’t know. but to look at, there’s not a damn thing wrong with these and I wouldn’t be surprised if comp;anys didn’t have theirs made there. I like it and ordered 4 more.

  6. Dan says:

    Ok So I own a crap load of guitars no Chibsons lots of real Gibsons though I also own a few Epiphone guitars athough most of them are old and made in the Kalamazoo MI, Gibson factory anyways but I do have a few Epiphones that were made in Korea included with these few is a Epiphone Les Paul Custom. I purchased it so I could compare in detail my real 1983 Gibson Les Paul Custom to this Epiphone Les Paul Custom. So I swapped out everything other than the wood and frets litterally. Guess what the epiphone still played like crap compared to the real deal. So my question is why not save up for a real guitar that has value the time, energy and money spent on a Chibson to upgrade it is silly. You go and drop $350 on some real Gibson pick ups, Drop another 75 on the bridge, 50 on pots and a real switchcraft jack and some real wiring and your left with a upgraded fake guitar that has little to no value. So ya spend say $300 on the Chibson guitar add up these other items and your over a grand well I can find used Gibsons all day long for a grand or so perhapas $2000 if you want a nice standard. I just dont get the Chibson thing who wants a fake anyways there crap. Like on guy here said he got new frets put in a Chibson I have never heard of anything so retarted in my life thats just stupid. Oh well to each there own but I will NEVER buy a fake guitar not to mention there made in China in sweat shops that often use children for cheap labor that I will also not support what so ever.

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