- U.S. Music Corporation
- ESP Shibuya Enterprises, Inc.
- Cordoba Music Group, Inc.
- Collings Guitars, Inc.
- Ed Roman Enterprises, Inc.
- Armadillo Enterprises, Inc.
- Schecter Guitar Research, Inc.
- Westheimer Corporation
- Peavey Electronics Corporation
- Warwick GmbH & Co. Music Equipment KG
- James Trussart Guitars, Inc.
- JS Technologies, Inc.
- Premier Builders Guild, LLC
- Sadowsky Guitars, Ltd.
- John Hornby Skewes & Co., Ltd.
The opposers contend that the shape of the guitar is either generic or lacking in distinctiveness as a result of the “rampant” use of identical or substantially similar designs by a multitude of third parties over the past half a century. They name names, decade by decade.
So, stay tuned as we follow this interesting trademark chord, anxiously awaiting to hear whether Gibson is able to play something more than a classic blues riff, perhaps on something like this 15 string bad boy:
It appears that the opposers have spent some time doing their homework; if even half of what they say can be proven, they’ll be strumming Gibson’s pain with their fingers, and killing the trademark application (not so) softly.
UPDATE: It appears we have officially reached the point where I can’t keep track of all our content, I’m reminded that Dan Kelly had a great post from 2010 dealing with the guitar head issue, enjoy: