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Selling a fake

posted Jul 18, 2014 14:55:28 by angev2
many say that buying Chibsons or other knockoffs are with them for life as obviously you cannot sell them. Perhaps gifting them or donating them to charity might be another way to offload them. But we forget that all that's required to sell them legally is to remove the trademark logo's.

Nothing a bit of sanding and a confined headstock respray cant fix. The buyer would still get a decent guitar for the coin especially if its been sorted.
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MichaelWamback said Jul 19, 2014 00:33:18
If you reshape the headstock and remove the name, you are probably safe to do with it as you wish.

But in terms of Gibson branded Chibsons, it is illegal to manufacture or "distribute" a knockoff guitar. Distribution does not only mean selling the guitar, but also giving it as a gift. It would still technically be illegal.

It is perfectly fine to own a counterfeit product one you have it in your possession, with the exceptions of France and Italy - where it's actually illegal to even own a counterfeit item. One of them (France I think) is a pretty hefty fine, and in Italy you can actually go to jail. I suspect that is because of the influence of the fashion industry in those countries - those guys get pounded by knockoff Chinese copies.
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angev2 said Jul 19, 2014 08:13:35
I thought the Gibson LP design patents including the headstock shape expired years ago.
Although I wonder how Gibson took PRS to court for patent infringements a few years ago.
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MichaelWamback said Jul 19, 2014 15:47:26
Gibson still has the trademark to the design shape of the headstock, truss and possibly some inlays - at least to the best of my knowledge.

The PRS thing was fought over the actual shape of the guitar. Gibson said it was too much like a Les Paul. Essentially, the court found that the Les Paul was pretty much a generic guitar shape (which it is) and ruled that it was too broad to be able to be covered by Gibson's trademark. Hence all the Les Paul shaped guitars being sold these days.

Gibson has a reputation for being one of the more litigious companies.
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