True or Fake
The music & trade magazine has prepared several special stuffs that will teach you to recognize some characteristics and this will allow you to differentiate an original instrument from a false one.
The number of falsifying products from Asia is increasingly and warningly. In Brazil, some products are being expanded and causing serious damage to trade. Beyond this obvious loss to store that work with used, are main victim, mark credibility loss is inevitable. It´s impressing the increasing of falsified guitars from China. Icon as Gibson, Fender, PRS, Ibanez, Gretsch, Taylor and Epiphone are strongly suffering to this parallel industry. The falsified one violates the copyright and feed the illegal trade.
It´s important to distinguish the falsification copy or reply. Reply is a perfect re-production. Willing to have same original re-creation that will aggregate concepts and historic factors. That is, is an art of re-issue a design or referenced one in an absolute detail. This kind of cloning will not generate trade sharing, will re-create only a piece based on concept. However, the copy is produced in a large scale without original manufacturer authorization. This means that, it´s a typical example of intellectual patrimonial appropriation with no intention “to pass” it as original, it is referred to traditional companies in the trade that produced similar samples or inspired on the original one, however, utilized your own logotype.
Now, the falsification is a low cost re-production that will emanate a decisive intention to trick the consumer. Utilize the original logotype in an improper manner and suggest in the technical visual form that the piece is genuine. The falsifications are far to standard defined by copyright law, patent rules and trade mark domain. They don´t pay royalties and are produced without original manufacturer authorization. It means to fake Gibson´s guitars- samples made in China and are sold in the electronic trade by low cost.
The falsification breaks out into ethic and aesthetic, and shows a keen project that will prompt desire and consumption. But this is the choice for unwise people.
See the differences between technical specifications of an authentic Gibson Les Paul and one false produced in Asia.
Original – centralized logotype and declined slightly. The utilized mother of pearl in the logo inlaying has a yellowish color. Tensor shield cover has 2mm depth with two hold-down screw “bell” format. The headstock angle is sharp in 14 to 17 degree.
False – “far centre” logotype sharp displacement in 14 to 17 degree. The stuff used in logo inlaying is an artificial mother of pearl, clear opaque color. Tensor shield cover has 0.7 mm depth with three hold-down screw and format is different from original Gibson. Headstock angle is subtle less than 7 degrees.
Original – back contour with no format definition. No salience scroll. Nut made by Corian, synthetic stuff that will blend to natural minerals and pure acrylic polymer. Flattering and stringcourse side finishing is subtle rounded.
False – back contour with format definition. Salient one, Nut made with rustic plastic finishing. Flattering and stringcourse side finishing is excessively rounded.
Original – pickups cavity are clear and allow top frontal maple visualization. Electrical cavity is symmetrical carved and clear inward. Electrical components are set-up over metallic cover.
False – pickups cavity are dirty and covered in black dye. Most part it´s not possible to see the top frontal depth. The copies are rude and use plastic film that imitate upper top wood vein. Electrical cavity has different format from original and electrical components are directly attached to the wood.
Original - original Gibson pickup. See bottom base pickup that shows Gibson´s logo. Bridges, headstocks and original hardware. Quality and electrical component supplied by brand´s companies. External lead cable from pickup is made by mesh and covered by stable plastic heat stuff.
False – pickup that has similar visual to original Gibson. However, the appearance is only in the visual matter. Bottom base from pickup is rude and has no Gibson logo. Bridges, headstocks and not original hardware. External lead cable is covered by a flexible plastic shielding.
Original – nitrocellulose lacquer, fine overlaying, moderate brightening.
False – bi-component lacquer, extremely dense and brighten.
Original – types and usual woods: mahogany, maple, indian rosewood, brazilian rosewood and ebony.
False- use the following woods: nato, asian maple, sen, basswood, grenadilhe and kiri.
False re-production has serial number inserted as silkscreen. Original show recorded embossed numeration over the wood. However, pay attention; some original models use a silkscreen process (custom shop and Les Paul Classic models). The numeration and manufacturing lot of the false guitars are not supplied during the year, as well.
The Chinese falsifier suffered a hard stroke in recent attempt from China legal authorities. The Chinese Yu Hui “pseudo” Li Dan businesswoman and some of your family were condemned to three years prison for crime against direct trading and falsification improper of musical instruments. The own China started a campaign in constraint to illegal retail, investing in building a new positive image related to the world. The moment is right to a “recall” so that we can ask for a key to consumption into social, economic, cultural context.
The “fake business woman” Li Dan that is going to see the sun grown up square only for a while…
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