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stratlt
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 11, 2015 9:53 am    Post subject: Tokai started USA Custom guitars Reply with quote

https://www.facebook.com/tokaiusa
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Lucke Luke
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 12, 2015 1:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

What about copyright and all the legal stuff in regards to Gibson & Fender?
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 13, 2015 8:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

From the looks of the site it seems they order Tokai guitars, and then customize them enough to create jobs in S. Arizona. I'm guessing when they reach the marketplace they will not resemble much of either Tokai or Fender anymore.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 13, 2015 12:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Guys, wakey wakey, Fender doesn't have trademarks on their body shapes. ...and Tokai USA won't be getting any G shaped models.

Read the Fender TM case here.
https://www.dropbox.com/s/6pmlscv12q4uf67/Fender%20Trademark%20case%20USA.pdf?dl=0
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 16, 2015 11:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Diamond wrote:
Guys, wakey wakey, Fender doesn't have trademarks on their body shapes. ...and Tokai USA won't be getting any G shaped models.

Read the Fender TM case here.
https://www.dropbox.com/s/6pmlscv12q4uf67/Fender%20Trademark%20case%20USA.pdf?dl=0


Summary of decision: (in case you don't want to wade through 75 pages..)

Decision:
Each of the consolidated oppositions is
sustained against the application(s) against which they were
brought based on the claim of genericness and in the
alternative that the configurations have not acquired
distinctiveness; and application Serial Nos. 76516126,
76516127 and 76515928 are refused registration.
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Diamond
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 16, 2015 5:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mick51 wrote:
Diamond wrote:
Guys, wakey wakey, Fender doesn't have trademarks on their body shapes. ...and Tokai USA won't be getting any G shaped models.

Read the Fender TM case here.
https://www.dropbox.com/s/6pmlscv12q4uf67/Fender%20Trademark%20case%20USA.pdf?dl=0


Summary of decision: (in case you don't want to wade through 75 pages..)

Decision:
Each of the consolidated oppositions is
sustained against the application(s) against which they were
brought based on the claim of genericness and in the
alternative that the configurations have not acquired
distinctiveness; and application Serial Nos. 76516126,
76516127 and 76515928 are refused registration.


Exactly.
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mattim
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 19, 2015 1:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

US market for a quality product like Tokai ?
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cwolff
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 29, 2015 9:11 am    Post subject: Tokaiusa.com Reply with quote

Hello

I am the owner of Tokai USA Custom Guitars, an authorized distributor of Tokai in the USA. I love these guitars and the passion and quality with which they are made. The FB gestapo have already made their presence known and threatened to block my account. We are merely taking a great guitar and making it fabulous. We have a great luthier team and will firstly focus on telecaster style guitars although I also have a few surprises.....

Stephie Blue, my prototype, has been rocking everything from Chet Atkins to Metallica here in Tucson. You may be amazed at the upcoming demo videos.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 29, 2015 10:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome to the forum cwolff !!

Looking forward to hearing more from you, we are all Tokai addicts here lol.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 29, 2015 12:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi cwolff, what do you do with all the tokai parts you replace from the guitars?
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 30, 2015 12:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

iainblack wrote:
Hi cwolff, what do you do with all the tokai parts you replace from the guitars?

FREEBIES!
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Diamond
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 31, 2015 2:17 pm    Post subject: Re: Tokaiusa.com Reply with quote

cwolff wrote:
Hello

The FB gestapo have already made their presence known and threatened to block my account.


Explain?
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 06, 2015 6:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

We're all good with FB. Apparently they didn't like President Adachi sharing guitars that resembled LP's to the page.

And yes, everything we take off are freebies for the new owner.
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