I am currently undergoing a deal discussed on a local craigslist-like site where I live, and have this up as an ad:
I recently got an offer to trade, my Jackson DKMGT, for this:
My question is, does the les paul seem authentic to you guys? I asked him about it, as I was skeptical, and he says it is from a Japanese custom luthier ("Dragon customs"?), and is a copy of a Gibson Custom (the 4000$ ones). The guitar apparently has equal specs, weight, and pickups as the custom les pauls. Does this look sketchy to you guys? Any input is greatly appreciated!
EXTRA: Here is what he sent me when I asked about the guitar:
"Guitar was made in japan,thats why its not $4000...lol..all the specs are the same as the gibson les paul custom same weight thickness size,
i got the guitar off a guy in vancouver for a trade we made a year ago.
being its a clone of the real deal thats why you dont pay 4 times the price,
most people that see the guitar like it for its look,and the idea its not $4000 plus tax....lol
but looks so close,its like a jackson made in japan to a usa made jackson.
the guitar was ordered from some place called dragon customs i think..?
i got it because it looks cool with my real customs...but if you like i can sell you a USA Gibson Custom for $4000 and no tax..
i will add some pics so you can see the difference..remember it is a copy ,like ESP does ltd ..
you can look at it this way people buy clone copies because they dont want a cheep gibson epiphone that doesnt look like a les paul and you would pay $1000.
hope that helps...cheers"
Once again, it looks pretty decent, however I cant make any educated claim as I have no experience with copies.