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  1. 4 points
    Yes, it is RIGHT! This connection DOES exist, don‘t let you tell otherwise. It is even scientifically proven. I got the numbers... Well, my bank has them. The effect goes like this: Someone innocent (say, like me) is a happy HFC member. Reading the threads, smelling the flower and so on. BUT THEN someone here mentions another brand than Hamer as „good“, „great“, „stands par to any US mad guitar“, and what happens within seconds? You got it. Off to ebay/ebay adds you go, checking the markets, looking for a steal... EVERYTIME. And at least every second time some stuff ends up on the watch list. Like, say, Peavey Firenza or Rockett Pedals or or You want a prove? You should have seen me last night, looking for Deans, chez made. Then again, the HFC judgement never was wrong... And next time: How HFC kills funds and time for every other hobby. EVERY! Stay tuned.
  2. 2 points
    Hi all, Someone might like this? Unique Engraved Gordon Smith GS1 (1990) - I recall it has a Lollar P90(?) - but to be fair the pickup identity is a bit irrelevant on this Hand Engraved by world class British Gun Engraver (Westley Richards, Rigby, Holland and Holland, Purdey, Boss etc).All mahogany body and set neck. Slim wide neck profile rosewood board, fast low action, and flat fingerboard. Weight is 7.05lbs. Trades invited for something interesting and awesome, for example - Unique, rare or early Hamers of any description 1961-63 Gibson SG Jr or Special Vintage USA and USA Custom shop BC Rich - Long Horn Mockingbird, Bich, Eagle. Surprise me! International shipping AOK as required. What do you think?
  3. 2 points
    That's a pretty weak analogy. Trademark law is a very convoluted thing. Most intellectual property law is, in fact. And there is no guarantee that a trademark is valid just because you registered it. This is for a wide variety of reasons, but the basic idea of trademarking is to protect your trade dress -- the things that identify you as a company -- and to stop confusion in the marketplace. The fundamental question of a design that is trademarked isn't necessarily answered by registration of the trademark, and trademarks can be challenged for a great variety of reasons including that someone could easily trademark something super generic to lock up something other people are doing, or could trademark a design simply to stop it from being produced. Trademarks must be defended to be valid, and must be constantly defended. Your analogy is akin to saying Dean took a Gibson guitar, depriving Gibson of that guitar. They did no such thing. Their producing their own guitars only competes, this is not stealing. It wasn't a violation of a registered trademark when they started (Dean started the company in 1977 making a V, which wasn't trademarked by Gibson until the mid 90s) and it has long been held that headstocks and logos were the defining trade dress of a guitar and body shapes have all been borrowed for inspiration or straight copying as long as there has been a guitar industry. So, Dean may well have thought they were doing the same thing Gibson was doing when it created a Dreadnought style guitar in response to Martin's reissue of their Dred design. Creating their own version of a generic design with their own twist on it. The 1934 Hummingbird isn't that different than a D2, it just has slightly different finish options. Certain non-patentable technologies or design aesthetics that aren't already trademarked are routinely allowed based on function and generic nature. Guitars have always had that hourglass shape, so even a dred being less hourglassy than a 000 is still a generic shape. Like if you're designing condoms, you really can't stop a competitor for making a penis shaped condom just because your condom is penis shaped. It is a generic thing that is done because the item doesn't work any other way, or that it's super common to solve the problem that way, just as a guitar must have strings a fretboard, a bridge, etc... Maybe the first guy who make a guitar curvey so it could sit on a knee was an innovator, but after enough time, when enough other people had made curvy guitars (which would seem obvious as all orchestral stringed instruments also gained waists) pretty much any similar shape was fair game. And there's the rub. If something has become generic, even if your grandpappy was the first one to make one, you can't trademark it. Gibson stopped making Vs between the first run in 1958 and 1967. Same with explorers, which they stopped making until OTHER companies started making similar shapes in the mid 70s. You couldn't buy a Gibson Explorer newly produced in 1965, or 1975, and Gibson had NEVER trademarked the shapes or caused them to be identifiers after the 1950s. They started making them again because lots of small luthiers were popping them out. Small timers including Dean and tons of other luthiers had built a market for the Explorer shape. Including Hamer, BTW, started with a V bass and who was making the Standard for four years before Gibson decided to make Explorers again. STILL, Gibson didn't register a trademark or try to enforce their rights over something like the shape of the flying V. Instead, allowing a world-wide market in Vs and Zs to flourish for 15 years before registering a trademark on the Flying V, and not even bothering to test that trademark in court. What they DID go after in the early 70s was guitars like Ibanez's 2350, which looked precisely like a Les Paul, down to the font in the logo, headstock shape, inlays and the like, and they never won in court instead reaching an out of court settlement that had Ibanez change it's headstock shape, logo, and a couple of other small details. Note, this was BEFORE they started making the Destroyer. So Z and V shapes started getting made, Gibson never complained, and everyone was doing it so there was no notion that it was wrong. That's tacit approval. So, here's the real issue. Not that someone "Stole" anything. Nobody deprived Gibson of the Explorer, as they weren't even making it. And people hadn't thought the V shape was the sole property of Gibson as Gibson didn't say it was, didn't tell anyone they couldn't make it, and didn't even make overtures to do so for 15 more years. What will need to be determined is whether a V or Z shape is "generic" for guitars, and 50 years of other manufacturers (not just Dean) making similar shaped guitars, the first 35 of them without a peep from Gibson, makes that an uphill battle. Note that Fender lost their trademarks on body shapes because others had been making them and they were declared Generic (P bass, Strat, AND Tele) http://ttabvue.uspto.gov/ttabvue/v?pno=91162497&pty=OPP&eno=13 and Gibson has already lost the V argument in the EU where courts determined the V was unique in 1958, but has since become so ubiquitous as to be generic. If they lose on the Generic point in the US, his leaves the only card in Gibson's deck the one of Trade Dress and Market Confusion. They'll need to convince a jury that someone looking to purchase such a guitar seeing a Dean V and a Gibson V would confuse the two, and think the Dean was a Gibson. This confusion thing has worked in the past, but it was Headstock shape for Fender, who still retain and protect trademarks on their headstocks. But the typical Dean V shaped headstock and wing logos really work in their favor here. As much as Gibson's open book headstock differentiated the Hummingbird from the Martin Dreds. And don't miss the fact that Gibson has been talking to Dean's dealer network, threatening them for carrying Dean guitars. Dean HAS to make these defenses, and has the right to call Gibson on illegal anticompetetive behavior to bolster their side. When legal filings are made, nobody gives a shit what simplistic advice your mom gave to a 5 year old you, they must conform to certain legal language so as to force the judge to consider very specific issues in a certain way and often they will be couched in terms that seem uncivil, or might even sound like complete hyperbole. But that's how American jurisprudence works. Maybe someting is always stated as "grave harm" instead of "it hurt a little" because the legal system holds if the harm isn't grave or irreparable then the judge cannot award the same damages. Imagine it this way. If a soccer player who just got kicked in the knee is going to take a dive in front of the ref, he's going to act like his goddamned leg is broken because screaming like Nancy Kerrigan forces the ref to pull out the yellow card if, in fact, he decides it was a foul. Gibson and Dean's posturing here is the same sort of deal. Folksy and imprecise concepts of right and wrong really don't sway anything in court.
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    Any of you guys remember Gary Thain?
  6. 2 points
    How you failed that day to win that audition to replace Wink Martindale as America's favorite game show host, I will never know. Must have been those insidious Hollywood politics again, keeping a brother down!
  7. 1 point
    I received this Dallas era Schecter PT from the original owner yesterday. A03xx serial number, 21 frets, skunk stripe, squeaky clean and unmolested. Fantastic neck and low action. This replaces the Dallas era Schecter PT (A04xx) I sold 2 years ago.
  8. 1 point
    It’s trans red but has the minibuckers https://reverb.com/item/24273886-hamer-special-usa-with-minibuckers-cherry-red
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    Showed my wife. Wife: “ooh, I like that” me: “it’s birdseye maple” wife: “I like the color, too” me: “it’s natural. It’s for sa...” wife: “I don’t like the cutouts, tho” me: “they’re called f-holes. See, they look like an...” wife: “I don’t like that they call it an f-hole. That’s like a fuck-hole” me: 😑 #shithollysays
  11. 1 point
    When 'grandkids' is in your vocabulary...
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    Geddy Lee Jack Bruce Chris Squire Lee Sklar Carol Kay
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    Exactly. While this pretentious douche is telling people to "wait," Mike Shishkov is building masterpiece after masterpiece. And all the while proving to be one of the nicest persons with whom you will ever interact. "Just wait while I finish up this custom ordered Condor." GTFO.
  14. 1 point
    Shishkov Super-C for the win.
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    His bass playing is friggin’ sublime. That little bass fill in Reminiscing is a classic! Lonesome Loser’s bass line is just sick... their next album after he left wasn’t quite as good as the others (although the ballad on it wasn’t too bad). I love the band... I include them in my Yacht Rock pantheon. I get to spin “Cool Change” at my DJ gig tomorrow... pretty rare request and I will be playing it a little louder than the rest of my set no doubt. Glad that band means a lot to you, as I appreciate them very much as well.
  17. 1 point
    “..and so it was spaken by the man who was known to be righteous in the eyes of the HFC and hath their everlasting blessing, the Hamers of most high value for money shall be named. And they shall be thrice named as thrice are the letters of the trinity of Hamer Fan Club. And they be known by the name Centaura, and Special FM, and Eclipse shall they be known. And there was much wailing and gnashing of teeth, and up spoke a man, humble but wise and spake thus; “you have forsaken the other. The other known as the fallen. Diablo is their given name, and their shorter scale length, double humcancelling pickups plus a whammy should not be omitted from thine thoughts. and the first man did listen, ponder and was vexed for but a shot passing of day, and finally thusly spake; yeah, you make a good point actually. So endeth the lesson.”
  18. 1 point
    I'll sell this one. Guaranteed to fit a Newport Pro. $1000.00 +shipping Case candy included.
  19. 1 point
    Would have been, but total BS and irrelevance. But, as of about half an hour a go, it's nebbermine. They settled (or whatever, I don't care). My streak of 67 1/2 years without being on a witness stand continues. Considering the litigation-prone nature of my former profession and my 32 years in it, that's pretty good.
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