Originally Posted by jwells393
Sneaky........... It appears some of those Japanese companies aren't concerned about the headstock trademark infringement. I assume those guitars are not sold in the USA. I was suprised to see the trademarked headstock on the Seymour Duncan brand guitar since he has a working relationship with Fender.
Maybe Gibson and Fender don't have world wide patent to their headstocks? Take the edwards les paul as an example... When Its sold in Europe (under the same model number etc) it has some wierd non gibson looking headstcok. And when sold in japan voila (Gibson headstock)!
Same goes with Epiphone guitars made in Japan (ok I know epiphone is to gibson what Squier is to fender... sort of). But their Elite series are sold in America and Europe with a unique designed headstock and when sold in Japan Gibson headstcok! I cant understand this!!! It's the same guitars, so why change the headstock design?