FAKE! “Chibson” Jimmy Page #2 Les Paul Teardown

Here are some shots inside a fake Chinese (Chibson) Jimmy Page #2. I have no idea which factory in China is turning these out. The guitar seems to be a mishmash of a lot of different fake Chinese parts, including fake Epiphone branded pickups and fake Grover machine heads.

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When this was brought in to me it was an absolute dog of a guitar, totally unplayable, sharp fret edges  and buzzing like the proverbial. But! after a days work it turned into a very playable LP copy.

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I have no idea what the customer paid for this, but certainly less than the Gibson genuine USA made models which start at £2.5K used and go all the way up to £17K for a Tom Murphy Custom Shop aged one.

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Let’s start by throwing away all the hardware!

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The body appears to be some kind of mahogany covered with an attractive thin flamed maple veneer.

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No USA Gibson trussrod nut here – this has the 4mm metric hex nut.

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These ‘Chrovers’ machine heads are actually not bad. No slippage, looseness or friction. Those forgers have even stamped JP #2 158 on the back! Any idea what the 158 relates to?

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First thing to do with the fretboard is to make sure the frets are fully secured into the rosewood before a fret leveling. Most of these frets let out a dull ‘thonk’ when tapped with a piece of bone suggesting they are loose.

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After paste waxing the board, here I use a micro pippet to slide water thin cyanoacrylic glue under the frets – a great way to secure loose frets.

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Leveling the frets and beveling the edges.

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Durable and shiny as it is, I’m not a fan of poly finishes. Dulling the finish with some 2000 grit and soap.

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Horrible horrible plastic injection molded nut.

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Replace this with a camel bone nut.

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Stamped Epiphone, whether they are or not is anyone guess.

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I was going to throw these away but I’m curious to hear what they sound like after being wax potted. Neck reads 8.2k and the bridge 8.7k.

 

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Nothing wrong with the wiring. Linear 500k volume pots which have a very smooth curved shelf. Log tone pots 500k. I actually prefer Linear volume and Log tone pots. Log volumes seem to act like an on/off switch.

 

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Melting up some paraffin wax – in this case tea lights. Take the stalks out when they’re melted.

 

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Use a double boiling pot as this stuff is flammable.

 

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All strung back together with new bridge and tail piece. Ceramic pickups sound great with a nice snappy bite (not in fact too far away from Pagey’s sound). The guitar also now has much improved sustain after securing the loose the fretwork. Not a bad LP at all  (and quite lightweight 9lbs). Fancy selling it to me ??

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