View Full Version : PRS vs Gibson (may or may not be relevent?

15th January 2007, 14:40

Jus to add my two bob...A while ago (2001) Gibson guitars filed agaisnt a smaller guitar maker for making a guitar "similar" in shape and design and cost (PRS guitars) They stopped PRS making them for about 18months whilst it went through the courts. Eventually PRS won the right to produce there guitars. Gibson also used the same tactict that the customers that bought there products were stupid because thay could not tell the difference between a gibson les paul and a PRS singlecut (the name of the guitar) It was VERY obvious to anyone buying one what was what, as you either want a gibson or a prs, as they are very different looking and sounding instuments. The courts ruling stated that if someone had 2000 to buy a guitar, thay wouldn't be "confused" which one was witch as guitar players have very "set" idea's" about what they want.

Im pretty sure that its the same with buying a watch. I know that if i had two grand to buy a watch i wouldn't get confused and buy a braodarrow INSTEAD of an omega (will i would now). And even if i did go into town, i couldn't buy a broadarrow as they aren't available to buy in the same places as the omegas'. The same can be said about buying an omega on the web....I have lost count of the amount of times i've been told by certain shops that you CAN'T buy an omega on line because its "more than likely going to be a fake" and "omega dont sell on the web"

This sort of sh*t really gets on my goat, you can only have it one way, but these tw*ts want it both. Anyway, i really hope that you win this and i have a MASSIVE amount of respect for you in not rolling over and allowing them to bully you in the first place, as im sure that it would have been the easiest and cheapest option.

If all else fails...you can always send them round and i'll be more then happy to have a "chat" with them about it (as im sure a few others would)

Good luck mate, best wishes...


15th January 2007, 14:41
here is a link to the case http://images.google.co.uk/imgres?imgur ... f%26sa%3DN (http://images.google.co.uk/imgres?imgurl=http://news.harmony-central.com/Newp/WNAMM00/Paul_Reed_Smith/PRSGtr1.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.harmony-central.com/News/2004/Gibson-PRS-Case.html&h=173&w=463&sz=25&hl=en&sig2=0ruUCBbfhWhxNTKHvBeAGw&start=88&tbnid=_WuPs2fbFqQApM:&tbnh=48&tbnw=128&ei=qUOpRaO1IaiEyQKum_S9Ag&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dprs%2Bsinglecut%26start%3D72%26ndsp%3 D18%26svnum%3D10%26hl%3Den%26lr%3D%26safe%3Doff%26 sa%3DN)

and heres the les paul http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o93/ ... aul-58.jpg (http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o93/mrteatime5150/News_Gibson-Les-Paul-58.jpg)

and heres the prs http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o93/ ... glecut.jpg (http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o93/mrteatime5150/prssinglecut.jpg)


Prs finally won the appeal!

Michael in Frisco, Texas
15th January 2007, 20:04
I think that Shawn is on to something. While they are a different class of goods, an arguable legal analogy could be made. Eddie, if they drag you to the US, I would also gather what information and appellate rulings were made in the Gibson v. PRS case to support your position.

15th January 2007, 21:21
i can gather some stuff about it if that would help?


13th October 2009, 17:12
prs singlecut