Re: Custom guitars and Copyright
Well yes, it would be trademark infringment, not just the name, but the shape.
Read this that came from LGM
Originally Posted by littlegreenman
Recently I've been swamped with requests to build JEM guitars. Many of these requests are for replica's of existing JEM's.
To build a JEM is more expensive than to just buy a production guitar. I can't build a guitar and sell it for what Ibanez can, it's just not possible, not if I ever expect to pay any bills.
When considering a custom JEM vs a production, the benefits are:
1. You get a one off JEM to YOUR specs, something that's never been done before
2. You can choose your hardware and pickups, maybe a fixed bridge instead?
3. You get whatever color you want, inlay, woods etc.
4. Fit and finish is better than a production guitar
HOWEVER, if you are emailing in hopes of getting a JEM7VWH for less than you can find one on **** it's not going to happen. Also, I can't legally cut the Ibanez headstock shape, some people get annoyed when I tell them that. Well, I'd rather lose a sale to that than have Ibanez nail me for copying their headstock.