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When shopping for lawsuit guitars on Ebay or other marketplaces, it is very critical that you carefully examine all of the information presented in the auction.
You don't want to buy an Ebay guitar without doing your homework; an authentic Japanese lawsuit guitar will have a lot of a verifiable feedback on the web.
Here's a list of current Ebay auctions that claim to sell lawsuit guitars.
Here's a detail of the Gibson headstock that Ibanez copied: Here's a post-lawsuit Ibanez headstock, without the "moustache": Later on, a lot of these copy guitar companies were shut down. Greco and Tokai for example were sued because their logos looked like those of Gibson or Fender.
This included days spent scouring pawn shops or traveling to different cities.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.There are still gems to be found, but be warned and do your research!A chronological listing of all known literary and theatrical productions inspired by Rush, as well as all known occurences of Rush references in pop culture excluding references made during talkshows, gameshows, sporting events, news programs, etc., as they are too numerous to list.