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Not a Lawsuit

posted 7 Oct 2017, 18:15 by Lardy Fatboy   [ updated 12 Nov 2017, 16:48 ]
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

It's Here...

but it's on it's own and has the most propeller neck  I think I have ever seen on any chordophone! It, (from a distance), does look nice though it's only other cosmetic issue is the bridge pickup has lost all of its chrome colouring. Not really a problem and I could probably get another cover, or even some metallic model paint and repaint it. as for the neck, I have had the guitar doctors at BMM have a look at it and the verdict is not a lot can be economically done. They could steam heat it and possibly twist it back, but then they would have to re-fret it and possible have to redo the fret marker plates. It would be cheaper to get a new neck for it though, (but then it would not be as original). the did have a go at the twist with the truss rod and set the guitar up as much as possible so now it is possible to play cowboy chords on it. But I can only play cowboy chords so that will probably be alright