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

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.

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I love media and communication, as well as digital technology. I write and speak fluently in Spanish and English. I was born in New York, but was sent to Puerto Rico at an early age, where I lived until drafted by the U.S. army. Upon returning from an honorable discharge, I found Puerto Rico small and limited at the time. I moved to Boston where I pursued musical studies and later worked as a musician, teacher, and speech-pathologist in New York. I am currently still interested in world politics, social justice, and income inequality. Health and wellness are essential to survive and thrive. I am working on patience and skills necessary to keep learning.

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