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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Levi123, May 23, 2004.
Is there such a thing called "ibanez lawsuit" but for bass?
didn't RIC sue them for copying a LONG time ago?
Sometimes the Ric clones are dubbed 'lawsuit' basses.
Rickenbacker successfully stopped the making of all and any clones.
Yes. They're called Washburn. Jerzy Drozd and Marleaux aren't too happy about it, either.
so did the Ric employees walk in the ibanez factory with sledghammers?
That would be fun
Nah, they didnt do anything cool like that...they just sued them out of existence...and any other company that tried to copy their designs.
And it works, too, since copping a P or a J is pretty easy. Copping a Rick, well, you know when someone's copping a Rick.
In a sick kind of way though, the thought of imagining John Hall bustin down the doors to the ibanez factory and shootin up the joint with a mini-gun Terminator style brings a smile to my face.
Ibanez made copies of P's and jazzes, gibson's and Rick's. They were close if not identical visually and some even sounded better than the originals. I remember a jazz bodied p-bass w/jazz pup, bound neck w/black block Ibanez bass long before fender did it! All the big companies got sick of these knockoff basses and sued to stop them from further profitting from there design. Rickenbacker went a step farther and made their likeness (body styles) off limits from being copied. Univox was also guilty of this.