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Ibanez 'standard', Guitar

Ibanez 'standard'


1976 IBANEZ 'standard'

Here is a 'lawsuit' era Ibanez Les Paul style guitar, the guitar has finish wear all over the body and neck but no structural damage. The neck is extremely slim and comfy with very low action and flat-ish frets which were crowned and dressed so it plays better than ever with no dead spots whatsoever.It is a dual cream 7.8k humbucker setup with the usual tune-o-matic style bridge and Gibson style tone and volume controls with volume markers. Here's a little bit of useful information about Ibanez lawsuit guitars :


On June 28, 1977, Norlin, the parent company of Gibson, filed a lawsuit against Elger (Ibanez) in Philadelphia Federal District Court. The case was "Gibson Vs. Elger Co." with Gibson claiming trademark infringement based on the duplicate "open book" or "moustache" headstock design of the Ibanez copies. Allegedly Gibson had threatened to sue Elger/Ibanez for a long time regarding the use of the headstock which Norlin claimed as a Gibson trademark. Ironically, by the fall of 1976 Ibanez had redesigned their headstocks to look much like those found Guild guitars. The new headstock design even appeared in the 1976 catalog! So, conspiracy theorists, by the time the lawsuit was actually filed, the headstocks had already been changed. While "lawsuit" head generally means a Gibson copy headstock, the Ibanez headstock at the time of the lawsuit was actually a copy of a Guild headstock. It is an urban legend that the Gibson/Norlin lawsuit was filed against a number of Japanese companies. It is also commonly held it was over the exact copying of American designs. Neither of these urban legends are true.

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