Category: Les Paul

screenshot from Jag. screenshot from Jag.

Jag sent a brief email about the Zakk Wylde Les Paul he saw for sale in the UK. Luckily, Jag checked out the axe before jumping in with a bid.

Thanks for saving me! Almost panicked thinking I had managed to beat other bidders on a quick sale (thinking/hoping they hadn’t noticed it!). I’ve cancelled my bid and saved the heartache.

Here’s some pics:

Zakk Headstock

A classic example of a fake Zakk Wylde Les Paul Headstock. The serial number is completely wrong and would not have as many numbers, or be stamped into the headstock like a standard guitar serial number, these are supposed to be custom shop models.


Jags Zakk Find

Note the one piece neck, a genuine Gibson Custom Shop Zakk Wylde Les Paul would have a three piece neck.

More information on fake Camo Zakk Wylde Les Pauls can be found on this previous inclusion on

RIP Jim Marshall

The 5th of April 2012, Jim Marshall, the man behind the name on those iconic amplifiers, died at the age of 88. All of us who appreciate his contribution to amplification, music and music technology owe him our gratitude for the work that his did. His name lives on with his company, still pumping out those classic stacks and combos, RIP Jim.

A tribute to Jim can be found on his website

Here’s an email from Francis;


So, here’s where my story started:

I want a Zakk Wylde Les Paul badly! Found this link on a national CL search.
Turns out they’re a pawn shop NY. I’m in NC.Thought $2500 was a fair price  – one just sold on eBay for $2250.
Called the number. We agreed on $2150 including shipping, and he said we could use eBay and PayPal.
That night, I stumbled across Fibsons, and noticed a Zakk Wylde section, and the large serial # of a fake one caught my eye. Funny. I thought it looked like the same serial # of the one I’m going to buy. I checked, it wasn’t, but I immediately realized mine looked almost identical to this fake one.
Called the next morning, and instead of giving my credit card, I asked them to send me photos – especially of the headstock. (I’m attaching those photos in this email.)
Here’s the email I sent them. Haven’t heard back.
Thanks for saving me, Fibsons!!
- Francis
(PS – if my story makes your blog, please let me know – love to tell this pawn shop they’re famous)
Not sure about making the pawn shop famous Francis, infamous maybe. You are right, the guitar is a counterfeit and is still, (as of Boxing Day 2011) listed for sale at a Gibson price, they often sell for $300 new from the Chinese factories. Buyer beware.
There’s plenty of info on the counterfeit Gibson Zakk Wylde guitars, for a start they should have a three piece neck, which this copy does not.

Wayne Bauman from Australia has once again been doing one of his usual searches on ebay for second hand Gibson Les Pauls, he “stumbled across this ripper”.

As Wayne puts it, “The price is firstly way too low and the head stock doesn’t look right. Also the good old sticker on the back of the guitar is a dead giveaway. It has the custom book on the headstock but the guitar is clearly not a custom and the serial number doesn’t match up. It’s been advertised as a Gibson but it is clearly an Asian sweat shop knock off. Have a look and see what you think”.

Wayne, I think you are spot on, also the truss rod cover is too close to the nut.

Emmett’s Hollow-body Les Paul

Emmett wrote in about this hokum hollow-body LP:

From Emmett; “I came across what appears to be a fake Gibson Hollowbody Les Paul. While I think I’ve seen a hollowbody Paul before, this one just looks wrong. The headstock shape and angle look off, there are the telltale stickers over the pickups, the truss rod cover is blank and looks to be too close to the split diamond inlay, which also looks a little strange. Lastly, it seems odd that this seemingly brand new guitar Les Paul Custom would ship with a low end soft shell case”.

Emmett is correct on every count, this one’s a fake. The original, Les Paul Florentine (that this hollw-body fake is emulating), was around in the mid to late 1990’s before being discontinued, though you can probably order one from the Gibson Custom Shop. The Les Paul Florentine had a limited run of 350 in 2009 with a slightly wider cutaway, Bigsby vibrato and no f holes.

Thank you to Emmet for the email and picture.