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Dude...it's a Lawsuit Ibanez!


Lawsuit!  Lawsuit!  Anyone who cruises eBay looking for old Ibanez guitars quickly finds the word “lawsuit”.  Like many words in our society, this one is oft used, seldom understood.  Find an old Ibanez that is a copy of another, more familiar guitar? Clearly a “lawsuit”!  I have seen guitars go for much more than they are actually worth simply because the purchaser has fallen for the hype or actually didn't know what constitutes a "lawsuit" model.  Here is my attempt to clear up an urban legend, and, in the words of Chuck D., “Don’t believe the hype.”

In 1954, Harry Rosenbloom opened a music store called Medley Music in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, just northwest of Philadelphia. The country was in the post-World War II music boom, and guitars were very popular. As the