Any tips on how to spot the fake Gibsons?
Best one is to unscrew the truss rod cover on the headstock.
You're looking for a male acorn type brassy coloured nut on the end that requires a special tool.
If it has a normal allen key hex female end ala Fender etc, its a fake.
There are other tips even right down to the colour of the pickup screws.
Also, if you ask for a serial number and it comes out as July 2005, be very suspicious indeed.
The serial no will check out and be recognised on dating sites but i think they just made a batch with the same number on.
The fake i had (LP Custom Black Beauty) totally took me in, and i've been buying guitars since the mid 80's.
I was lucky i got my £1100 back.