Although it's not moral or ethical to pass a fake, the idiot "expert" who apparently doesn't know a Slash model when he sees one is a Gibson lap dog like Sam Ash - who is a Gibson dealer is a Gibson sell out.
I've seen Chinese Les Pauls that are nearly as good as the Gibsons.
Gibson is selling a name.
IS there $2500 - $6000 of parts and cost in a Gibson Les Paul. HELL NO.
Then why the price? The name.
If you liked getting ripped sure, throw that cash around. But if you want something half decent, take a gamble and get something that is almost the real deal.
I don't like repairing things, but I despise greed worse. Gibson is a greedy company.
They need to tell "mr. expert" to wipe his nose, it has Gibson ass all over it.