Dating fernandes guitars by headstock shape logo
Here are some tips and things to look out for when buying lawsuit guitars:● Take a close look at the logos and headstock configuration.
Lawsuit guitars have a headstock that is known as an “open book” headstock, copied from Gibson.
Although there were many guitar companies making these copy guitars, Ibanez was the only company that actually got sued by Gibson. Greco made Fender, Gibson, Rickenbacker, Gretsch, and other replicas. Burny lawsuit guitars are extremely difficult to find and very expensive.
Here’s an overview of the best known “lawsuit guitar companies”: Tokai is known for their Gibson Les Paul replicas called “Les Paul REBORN” and the “Love Rock”, which are perfect copies of 1958 vintage Les Pauls. They are hard to distinguish from Korean Burny models as well. Their Les Paul model is called “Super Grade”, and the words were modeled to look like “Les Paul” (it actually looks like “Luper Grade”).
Anyone who’s looking for vintage guitars on e Bay or Reverb comes across the word “lawsuit”.
The word is abused a lot though because it drives the price of a guitar up.
The company that started importing these quality copy guitars was Elger Guitars.
The founder of Elger Guitars, Harry Rosenbloom, was the first American to import Japanese-made guitars.
Gibson and Fender went on to take advantage of the production capacities by purchasing Japanese factories to make their own lower cost copies. This might trick buyers in thinking they were buying the real deal. Burny guitars are considered to be the best Gibson copies.
He imported guitars from the Hoshino Gakki company, who made guitars under the brand name Ibanez.
In 1971 Hoshino bought Elger Guitars, which became Hoshino USA.
The actual lawsuit had place in 1977 and was between the Norlin Corporation (Gibson’s parent company) and Hoshino USA.
Gibson accused Ibanez of copying their headstock design. In 1978 Ibanez abandoned the idea of copying popular American guitar models and started manufacturing guitars from their own designs.Household names, such as Fender and Gibson Guitars, were not cranking out the quality workmanship which they were known for in the past.