Originally Posted by worldrecordholder
I hate to play devils advocate but IMO Gibson had a good reason to sue Ibanez (*and others) for directly coping their LP design. While I dont know the details of the suit or outcome I see a HUGE amount of people copying the work others did for their own gain. Its disrespectful and it pisses me off.....
The 339 is basically a 335, and made from the 50s. Chuck B and BBK and other artist would stuff towels, balloons in their 335s to stop feedback and stage performers wanted a slightly smaller body, and from what I understand the reason they made the 339.
As far as Ibanez suing Gibson.....
I can count at least 10 things on the AM that Gibson did first.
That's why I said sue back
. Gibson went after Japanese makers first and rightly so back in the 1970s. But it does appear the small sized semi-hollowbody was something I first saw with the Ibanez AM thirty years ago.
But maybe somebody else had a small bodied, double cutaway semi, but I can't think of anybody else. Gretsch had a great smallish Les Paul type shaped semi without f-holes in their great Duo Jets many years earlier and I think that's the first semi of its type in a small format. The lack of f-holes probably aided it in fighting feedback. The hollow chambers made is much lighter than Gibson's Les Paul model.
The 335 was made in 1958, probably the most inventive year for Gibson who also had the now iconic cherry sunburst finish for the once gold topped Les Paul, the Flying V, and the Explorer.
What would be cool, from Ibanez, Gibson, Epiphone, or somebody else would be something akin to an Ibanez Artcore AM73 but with no f-holes. The entry of Ibanez last year of the AMF model had two hollow chambers but only one f-hole. A no f-hole model, akin to Gibson's Lucille, but small like the Ibanez AM would be really cool and probably take quite a bit of volume before feeding back.