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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 08-02-2014, 08:53 PM Thread Starter
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Is this an Ibanez Lawsuit Les Paul?

So this is what I bought.

Obviously it doesn't say Ibanez on the headstock, it says ZAPP..but it looks just like the Ibanez LP's of the 70's and according to this Ebay listing, this guy says that Ibanez was basically leaving the decals off the headstock before Gibson took them to court.

And here was his guitar:

This is THE model that started (or ended) it all!
Ibanez in the 70's was making guitars that rivaled and some consider BETTER that the Gibson's produced at that time. Once Ibanez left off any sign of a logo (leaving anyone to inlay a nice logo) Gibson had enough. This is the model they brought into the courtroom! Ibanez was judged. This one is collectable and as a player: Niiiice, and hell it's just super cool!

So my question is, is the guitar I bought an actual Ibanez lawsuit LP with just someone else's name put on it?
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 08-02-2014, 10:10 PM
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Re: Is this an Ibanez Lawsuit Les Paul?

No it isn't an Ibanez built. Here is some really good info on the 70's Japan Pauls and this has some info about the Zapp's
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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 08-02-2014, 10:23 PM Thread Starter
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Re: Is this an Ibanez Lawsuit Les Paul?

Thanks for the info.

Is the Ebay listing guitar an Ibanez built?
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Re: Is this an Ibanez Lawsuit Les Paul?

Ibanez didn't actually build their own guitars, they had them built for them - so no this is not an Ibanez built guitar. Could possibly have been built in the same place though, depending on the year. But this is not affiliated with Ibanez in any way, shape, or form, and the seller's story is nonsense.
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