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"Lawsuit" Feature in Guitarist Magazine
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 17, 2006 6:05 am    Post subject: "Lawsuit" Feature in Guitarist Magazine Reply with quote

The new copy of Guitarist magazine came through the door this morning (Issues 274), featuring an article called "Breaking the Law" by Michael Leonard featuring plenty of really nice pictures of various Tokai's, Ibanez and others. Haven't read it yet, but looks good.

Further on, in the "Oldies" section there's a feature on original Japanese Electrics, featuring Aria, Ibanez and Yamaha's, with a helpful pricing guide.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 17, 2006 2:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very interesting,I'll try to get one but It's not easy getting that magazine here.

I'm sorry But I do think Michael Leonard as far as used this forum asking for help would let us know which Tokai photos has been published and who are the owners... not polite at all! .I'm very dissapointed ! Hit and miss behaviour??
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 17, 2006 4:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What's the tone of the article. From the title it sounds anti Tokai. Would hate to think he used this forum to publish a negative article.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 17, 2006 7:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ned, I cannot comment on the article itself as I could not read it yet(and I don?t know if I would),but as far as they are using this forum as documentation for a not free magazine(ie: they earn money) I think he must come here where he asked for help to give us information or something.

I try to help as far as possible and I don't mind helping making some forum members earning money(as Peter Mac,ex forum member Loverocker and other contibutor members...) but I feel a lot of "strange" people has arrived lately with obscure movements(too much "bussiness" movements).Yes, we're a very polite forum but I hate how some people is using this forum...sorry to say this.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 18, 2006 3:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The big feature in this month's edition is about the return of the PRS Singlecut, which get's the cover, and the controversy over the recent "problems" PRS have had with a certain lawsuit. Stating that both Gibson & Fender have had 40-50 years to protect their designs, and that most of the infringement's of copyright refer to headstock design.

Overall, the article is very balanced, and is far from anti-copy/replica but actually pro-copy/replica, stating that:

"Japan's quickly maturing breed of builders seemed to understand what, at that time (70's), America's legendary companies did not: that a lot of players wanted guitars like Fender and Gibson used to build. They didn't want a modern twist or any unneeded or gimmicky extras. They certainly didn't want vintage prices. What they wanted was just a really good copy of those old guitars..."

The article not only focuses on Tokai instruments, there's a large amount of Ibanez content as well, in fact, the Ibanez Collectors World site gets a mention, but not the Tokai Registry/Forum...

List of thanks/references: Harry Kruissebrink, Gottfried Schmid, Bill Gilbreath, Michael Martin and Dave Corten for pics.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 18, 2006 5:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Skybone wrote:
in fact, the Ibanez Collectors World site gets a mention, but not the Tokai Registry/Forum...

Bummer...
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 18, 2006 6:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My thoughts exactly Hans!
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 18, 2006 7:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

At least it's good to know we were not getting slammed. Not very happy about providing info and not getting the appropriate call out.

Maybe I'll pass on buying Guitarist from now on.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 18, 2006 1:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So which guitars from the forum did they feature?
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 18, 2006 4:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

They credited Gottfried at least....
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 18, 2006 4:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Can someone scan the article and images for the site?
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 24, 2006 7:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bump


Can anyone email me a scanned copy of the article?
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 24, 2006 8:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm interested too.Afeter searching for a magazine I could not find any and I asked magazines distributor directly too.I' ve told they don?t bring Guitarist more,altough I can find Guitar Thecnics sometimes.Skybone, could you get it for us?
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 24, 2006 9:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'll scan it soon. The issue in question is now out of circulation, as the new issue's out.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 30, 2006 1:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Right, scans are done and e-mailed to ned. Apologies for the scans, they aren't the best quality I'm afraid (grainy pics etc).
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