The Fake ESP Thread

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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.

Jimmer_21

 

Please take a look at this Eclipse.  Current owner states it is a order made guitar from Japan.  It was purchased some time back from MeesturSparkle on Ebay.  No serial number is on the guitar.  It's a different bird for sure with the headstock shape and control layout.  Appreciate your time!

 

Pushead

I have no reason to believe that it isn't an ESP guitar. MeesturSparkle had a fantastic business and I doubt he'd let a fake get past him. There's nothing here that jumps out to me as wrong. I dig it.

Noah B.

Can you please look at the pics I posted and tell me if it’s real?

Noah B.

Real or Fake?

 

Pushead



Pics are kind of small and for some reason I can't get it to resize properly. There's nothing here that causes me alarm. White pickups aren't something I'd choose, but there's nothing that feels wrong to me. Looks to be a 2007 Eclipse II.

Noah B.

Yes, the serial number indicated it’s 2007. I brought this to Guitar Center and they told me it was fake. But the guy who owns it showed me the listing from when he bought it from Sam Ash. 
Do you need additional pics or are you confident it’s real? 

Thanks for all your help!

 

Noah B.

Noah B.

Pushead

If I were in the market, I'd feel comfortable buying it. I'd be interested in knowing why GC thought it was fake. There's nothing here that jumps out to me at all.

Noah B.

They pointed out the swapped pickups and said serial number and inlays looked sketchy. But it was obvious to me that they did not have much experience in older ESPs

Doug H.

Please look over.  Pickup rings I saw on another 2005 where the silver/chrome color.  Wan to purchase.

Pushead

It's legit. Looks like the pickup rings were replaced at some point.

Doug H.

Found a better picture of the pickups of this guitar.  Definitely looks like distressed metal here.

Pushead

That will do it. Looks good to me.

Andreas R.

Hi Pushead,

please have a look at this Explorer. The current owner claims it is a genuine ESP MX-250 from the late 90s. However, based on the photos I am not conviced. Although the ESP logo on the headstock looks legit and the typefont "Custom" seems correct, the serial number on the back is weird. Doesn't look at all like an original stamp. Also, the screws on the tune-o-matic bridge and the stop-tailpiece look odd and nothing like the Gotoh GE 103 B. Truss rod cover seems wrong as well.

He says that he cannot remember what he paid for and from whom he bought it back then. Sounds fishy. What are your thoughts?

 

 

 

 

Pushead

It's a fake that someone put real EMGs into.

teletap.

Hi all, this is very interesting thread! what do you think about this LTD M-400, is this a fake? Metal parts color is propably "black nickel", quite worn, looks like a chromium, especially on the lfr and jack plate.Pick-up frames are black plastic.The serial number points to it being an LTD from 2006, but according to the catalog, the 2007 model would be closer, only tremolo does not match? The control cover on the back is curved, should it be like a coffin, or does this only apply to the ESP brand?

teletap.

Pushead

Any photos of the full guitar?

teletap.

Hi Pushead, here a few more pictures:

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