The Fake ESP Thread

Updated
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.

Pushead

Fake. A rule of thumb: if the seller isn't asking at least $15k for an "eet fuk", it's a fake. If the seller is asking over $15k, then come ask about it.

Scott M.

Looking for someone to confirm the authenticity of this Custom Shop Japan HSS currently up for sale on Reverb. I I sent an inquiry to the customer support but figured I'd try here as well. Any help is appreciated. 

 

Seller included this in the item description:

The guitar does not include the original case or any COA. I reached out to ESP Customer Service when I acquired the guitar to see if they could provide any additional info. They said it was the genuine article, but admitted that their record keeping is somewhat lackluster and guessed it was built some time in the early 2000s and sold outside the US market.

 

 

Pushead

The guitar is legit. I've never seen a serial number stamped so large on the neck plate before.

I'd guess somewhere in the early to mid 90s. They didn't start using the circle logo on the back of the neck until around 1990, and only on guitars released outside the Japanese domestic market. By 2000-2001 they started using serial numbers on the back of the headstock.

Scott M.

Much appreciated!

Peter V.

Hi guys, I came upon a nice ESP Truckster today and I thought the guy was selling it pretty cheap (about USD 1550) so I am afraid it's a fake, but I am not sure so I got some pictures here. Can I ask your advice??

 

Pushead

It's legit. Looks like the pickup rings may have been replaced.

Peter V.

@Pushead: are you sure? I thought the serialnumber on the headstock looks a bit odd (like it's not completely in line) and if you look at picture 6 it seems as if there is just a bit too much paint chipped off in comparison to other Trucksters. Also the grain of the wood that comes through raised a bit of suspicion with me. And on the certificate the name of James Hetfield is a bit odd since the 'i' is so close to the 'e' and the letter D looks as if it is not complete. What do you think?

Pushead




It's a 15 year old guitar, so a bit of extra damage doesn't seem that odd to me. I'm comfortable enough that, if I was in the market for a Truckster, I'd buy it. If you're not comfortable, pass on it.

Jonathan G.

Hi, I will buy this ESP. Can tell me is fake or legit? Thanks 

Jonathan G.
Jonathan G. wrote:

Hi, I will buy this ESP. Can tell me is fake or legit? Thanks 

 

Jonathan G.
Jonathan G. wrote:

Hi, I will buy this ESP. Can tell me is fake or legit? Thanks 

 

 

Pushead




It's hard to tell from one pic. Something about it feels off to me, but it may just be that the pickup rings have been replaced and the screws don't fit well.

Evan L.

Evan L.

I'm wondering on both of these guitars... ESP KH2 ntb and ESP Horizon (Volcano Red) 

Pushead

Both are legit.

Jeffro "Attilla D" Hunt

Hi, guys! I have a conundrum in respect to a guitar I recently acquired, and I was hoping you could help me verify one or both of these axes? I brought pics.... I am looking for possible mfg. timeframes and of course, legitimacy. Can you help a fella out, please?? 

Pushead

I replied to your other thread, but sorry man, that's not even close. I hope you can get your money back.

Post to Thread