The Fake ESP Thread
The Fake ESP Thread
Pushead and I are here to help verify ESP and LTD guitars. If you have, or are looking to buy a guitar that you're unsure of, post pictures and questions in this thread. Please post clear pictures of the front and back of the headstock, the fretboard, and the front and back of the body. Preferably before you buy anything.
Anyone else is free to offer suggestions on authenticity. If you answer a post, please tell us why you think it's real or fake.
Hello, first post here as I have never owned an ESP product before but always wanted to get an ex.
Saw this ad online and seemed like the price was kind of low. It is advertised as an ESP LTD EX260 and he is selling it for $150 Canadian (about $120 american). It looks like he dropped the price from $180. There is a chip out of the corner, but it still seems like a low price to me.
I wish I could post some higher quality photos, to get the serial number in, but this is all that is on the ad. The back of the headstock shows just the esp logo and the serial number, from guitars I saw online I thought there was the CE logo (Conformite Europeenne), or is that only on some of the products depending on where they are made?
Here I go again.
Too late for the Truckster, but perhaps not this one!
Pretty sure it's the real deal. Just wondering about the serial number.
Have never seen the numbers at the same "sticker" as the made in Japan stamp.
EDIT: After some zooming I did see that the numbers isn't on the Made in Japan sticker.
Snakebyte is legit, though there are people who argue about the "value" of a Signature Series ESP Snakebyte vs the Custom Shop ESP Snakebyte. That guitar is a 2012, which is right around when ESP made the decision that all ESP signature guitars would be Custom Shop production only.
Some people feel the SS serial number signature guitars are worth less. By-and-large, the SS guitars sold in the $2000 USD range new, and the CS guitars sell in the $4000 range new. The thought is that the SS guitars were "production line" made, and the CS guitars are overseen by a single luthier. Can't say that's true, but that's what I've read. Value is a difficult thing to determine and justify. I'll stay out of that discussion.
As I said in another thread (just in case someone runs into both threads), the Eclipse is likely legit. The photos display small until you've been a member for a while (or you've made enough posts?). From the small photos, the shape seems correct, as does the serial number.
i am just wanted to check
￼i just wanted to check that my jh600ec is legit the serial number is w15060658 I just bought it from my local guitar store in England.