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Not a Lawsuit

posted 7 Oct 2017, 18:15 by Lardy Fatboy   [ updated 8 Oct 2017, 16:28 ]
Kasuga semi acoustic Guitar
Well were they ever? I suppose there was the C.F.Martin vs K. Yasuma that did actually go through to a verdict and Yasuma had to destroy a lot of their American stock though most people seem to forget this one, and the Norlin Gibson vs Hoshino Ibanez that went to court but the parties involved settled out of court before a verdict was reached. This is the one most people think of when they talk about "Lawsuit Guitars" but these day the term has expanded to include any Japanese made electric guitar from the first half of the 1970's that looked a bit like a U.S. guitar design and is expanding still, to include Korean and Chinese copies plus original designs by Japanese makers who also made copies.

Well this is Japanese, it is from that period and while not exactly slavish it is a kind of copy of a Gibson "Barney Kessel" but Kasuga Gakki, the firm that made it, had their own factory where they made all of the Guitars that bear their name, and whilst they did do some OEM for Tokai, they never had any run-ins with Gibson, Fender or Martin. They did have a reputation for making good quality chordophones though, and quality is always welcome and Ukulele Corner featuring the Pony Guitar Sanctuary

I got this, and it is branded Kasuga, at an auction along the coast that was being broadcast live so I have got to go and collect it but as they are having another auction next weekend that includes a couple of other instruments I would like to invite, I will go along to that, and hopefully this won't be the only instrument that will come home with me