Their logos and production styles were similar enough to where American guitar companies felt that the consumer was being confused into buying guitars which they believed were from them.A lawsuit between the parent corporation behind Gibson Guitars and Ibanez Japan/Elger Guitars lead to a precedent that stunted the production of these low-cost, high-quality guitars.The online world has made securing sophisticated collectors items like these a lot easier, it can be fun an addictive looking for vintage guitars on Ebay.
Here's a list of current Ebay auctions that claim to sell lawsuit guitars.
I was told it was a Univox with natural finish that had been painted because of the "ugly" color that the finish had yellowed to over time.
I was also told that the pickups had been replaced and were thought to be Seymour Duncan pickups now.
If you are interested in buying a lawsuit guitar, make sure you read through this article first and then do a lot more research before you start bidding on a guitar.
Anyone who's looking for vintage guitars on Ebay comes across the word "lawsuit".
Definition: lawsuit guitars are high quality copies of popular American brand name guitars (like Fender and Gibson) produced by Japanese companies in the 1970s.