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 Post subject: Re: My 1st Attempt at Painting a Guitar
PostPosted: Thu Jul 14, 2011 10:28 am 
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Wow, I'm impressed! It looks fantastic!

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 Post subject: Re: My 1st Attempt at Painting a Guitar
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Thanks guys....

I covered the back because I was worried about it getting paint in on the inside and taking up space for the tremolo springs and bridge...

It came out real nice but for a few spots. One was a bug that landed on it while the front was drying...It was still alive the next morning but I crushed him and painted over him, but his guts were still enough to been seen through, then a few finger marks when I was dealing with the bug situation.

I had some people at 1st think it was made of stone from some of the pictures. The best part is that when I wired it, all the pickups worked and no issues at all. It was tough because the instructions, though in English, were translated from Chinese. It made it difficult to understand and the diagrams for the colored wiring were printed in black and white ink...

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 Post subject: Re: My 1st Attempt at Painting a Guitar
PostPosted: Thu Jul 14, 2011 12:23 pm 
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nad69dan wrote:
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You leaving the headstock like it is? It is interesting. 8-) 8-) 8-)


I'm going to cut it eventually. Nothing fancy and no copyright infringements.

Pardon me for donning my lawyer hat for a minute, but have you actually been hassled about copyrights for guitar design? Being an IP lawyer, that strikes me as strange and the wrong domain for copyright law.

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 Post subject: Re: My 1st Attempt at Painting a Guitar
PostPosted: Thu Jul 14, 2011 12:56 pm 
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I believe in the late 70's, several Japanese guitar makers were sued by both Gibson and Fender for copyright infringement in the reproducing of guitars with identical body shapes and head stock designs. Couldn't tell you the results but it has been an issue in the past. That said, I don't think a big name guitar co. is going to come after dan if he has a headstock similar to what they manufacture. There must be some kind of licensing agreement because the body is a Fender Stratocaster body. 8-) 8-) 8-)


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 Post subject: Re: My 1st Attempt at Painting a Guitar
PostPosted: Thu Jul 14, 2011 1:37 pm 
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Send it would be an infringement of a design patent, not a copyright. But I'm no lawyer.


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 Post subject: Re: My 1st Attempt at Painting a Guitar
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Because the logo was on the headstock, itwas the only part protected by the copyright laws. Thats why all these no name companies have the same body styles but different tops

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 Post subject: Re: My 1st Attempt at Painting a Guitar
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BBF wrote:
Send it would be an infringement of a design patent, not a copyright. But I'm no lawyer.

You're right: the design of a guitar is more properly the subject of a design patent. This is significant, because a design patent lasts for 14 years, while a copyright is for the life of the "author" plus 70 years. The Fender Strat's design has to be at least 20 years old, so if there was a design patent on it, the patent must have died long ago. But if someone is claiming copyright, there could be a problem.

That said, I seriously doubt a copyright claim on a Fender Strat's design would stand up to scrutiny. But I would be interested in seeing that case AZBF mentioned.

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 Post subject: Re: My 1st Attempt at Painting a Guitar
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Strat model is over 55 years old. 8-) 8-) 8-)


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