The 1959 Gibson Les Paul is the world’s most expensive guitar. It can also be one of the hardest to authenticate.

How to Tell a Real 1959 Gibson Les Paul Guitar From a Fake: A Missing Notebook Holds the Key – WSJ

Fake or genuine?

Photo of guitar thrown away in my Brooklyn neighborhood November 2010, I examined it and found it was a genuine fake imitation of a famous hollow electric guitar, and therefore worthless. It was also unplayable. I returned it to the sidewalk.