Dating ibanez pf 200
In a stroke of remarkable insight -- and 90s style outsourcing -- Elger Guitars chose to become the exclusive North American distributors for the Hoshino Gakki Gen Company, a Japanese instrument manufacturer.Remember that back in the 60s and would use this as their product name.There might be a few lawsuits with a serial number dating from November/ December 1975, but most of them will not have a serial number. Louis Music (Electra), whose guitars were made in Japan by Hoshino, offered to help with the suit.To end the action, Ibanez made an out-of-court settlement with Norlin and agreed to stop copying the Gibson headstock and using similar names for their instruments.Ironically, by the fall of 1976 Ibanez had redesigned their headstocks to look much like those found Guild guitars.
The first models introduced after the agreement were the ..all of those knobs!On June 28, 1977, Norlin, the parent company of Gibson, filed a lawsuit against Elger (Ibanez) in Philadelphia Federal District Court . Elger Co." with Gibson claiming trademark infringement based on the duplicate "open book" or "moustache" headstock design of the Ibanez copies.Allegedly Gibson had threatened to sue Elger/Ibanez for a long time regarding the use of the headstock which Norlin claimed as a Gibson trademark.He made the first few instruments himself in 1959, but quickly realized the challenges of producing sufficient quantities of guitars.
He brought in a German master violin maker named Karl Muller.
Before we get too sentimental we must remember that when you inspect some of the earlier guitars that the construction was not completely accurate and faithful to the originals.