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.

Warning: At the bottom of this page is a listing of current Ebay auctions that claim to sell lawsuit guitars.

There are still gems to be found and a lot of these auctions are genuine, but some of the lawsuit guitars found on Ebay are not lawsuit guitars at all.

The body is finished in brown sunburst with tortoise pickguard and has two Ibanez Super 58 pickups for neck and bridge.

The Jet King II models made from 2003/11 to 2004/10 features a 1-piece maple bolt-on neck with rosewood fingerboard and the body is mahogany.

The company that started importing these quality copy guitars was Elger Guitars.

The founder of Elger Guitars, Harry Rosenbloom, was the first American to import Japanese made guitars.

The family includes: According to the Harmony Central press release the original JTK1 had the following pickups: Neck Pickup: Powersound PSND1 Humbucker, Bridge Pickup: Powersound PSND2 Humbucker.

It had a different body compared to later versions, with a smaller upper horn and the tuners were 3-a-side.

Definition: lawsuit guitars are high quality copies of popular American brand name guitars (like Fender and Gibson) produced by Japanese companies in the 1970s.

These Japanese lawsuit guitars are of legendary quality and are highly sought after because: So it sounds like a good idea to search for these lawsuit guitars on Ebay in order to get a great sounding vintage guitar at a good price. Some sellers claim falsely to be selling a Japanese lawsuit guitar, while they are not. In the late 1970s, there was a general dip in the quality of the production ethic of most mainstream American guitar companies.

The Jet King 4 featured a Bigsby-style tremolo and two humbuckers, the ACH3 neck pickup and ACH4 bridge pickup.