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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 10-30-2014, 10:48 PM Thread Starter
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Is this really a "lawsuit" LP?

I saw this local ad on clist and wondered if these were really considered "lawsuit" LP's even though they are not shaped like a real Les Paul?!?!

RARE Ibanez 'Gibson' les paul - $950 (allendale)

This is a rare natural wood post lawsuit Ibanez "Gibson" Les Paul. Because of it's near identical nature, Ibanez was sued because of it in the 60's/70's. It's all original, and very beautiful. Weighs about 10-12 pounds, comes with original hard shell case. Asking $950 for this collectors item.
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Re: Is this really a "lawsuit" LP?

It's a PF series, not a lawsuit one.
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Re: Is this really a "lawsuit" LP?

The lawsuit LP's were all "Custom Agents" I think........

Anyway, the lawsuit was over the use of the gibson "open-book" headstock design. It had nothing to do with the rest of the guitars. The suit was filed in 1977 when, oddly enough, Ibanez had already stopped using that headstock design in favor of one that looked more like a guild head.

FWIW........ don't buy into the "Lawsuit" B.S.......... these guitars are no better or worse than the guitars built in the years before or after 1977. They're not worth any more or less because of that.

$400 is the most I would pay for that non-lawsuit PF.

The "Lawsuit" headstock"

Here is one of the many different head design's Ibanez was using when the suit was filed:

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